Here’s an easy and fail-proof recipe to make perfect Instant Pot rice. Using this easy to remember recipe, you can enjoy light and fluffy rice in just 35 minutes! This recipe works for Jasmine Rice, Basmati rice, or any long-grain rice.
Why Make Rice in an Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker?
If you’re already a pro at making rice in your rice cooker, or the stove, or your microwave, this recipe just gives you yet another way of making rice. I used to make rice on the stove, till I got my Instant Pot, and I have to say that it has some advantages over the stove-top recipe for sure.
Here is why I prefer making rice in the instant pot:
- No waiting for the water to boil
- No babysitting the pot, reducing the heat.
- No remembering to turn it off when the time is done
Two Variables that Affect Texture of Rice
Based on my family’s preferences, I have found that there are two things that affect the end texture of rice:
#1 Variety of Rice (long or short grain)
This recipe works for all long grain rice varieties including Basmati rice and Jasmine rice. The one thing that I do with both these varieties of rice is rinse and soak the rice. I rinse it 2-3 times until the water runs clear. Then, I soaked the rice for 15 minutes. I find that soaking long grain rice makes the end texture more soft and fluffy.
#2 Rice to Water Ratio
It took me a couple of trials to get to the perfect consistency for my family. I tried with three different rice-to-water ratios:
- 1:1 cup ratio: I used 1 standard measuring cup of rice, not the one that comes with the Instant Pot, as that is smaller than a regular cup. I cooked it in 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt. The result was fluffy and cooked through, but not as soft as my family likes it.
- 1:1+1/4 cup ratio: In the next experiment, I cooked 1 cup rice in 1.25 cups of water + oil and salt. The result was soft rice, but it felt too moist. Because of the extra moisture, the rice kernels weren’t as fluffy as I would like them to be.
- 1:1 cup+2 tbsp ratio: So, on to my next experiment, which is turned out to be final for us. I used 1 cup rice, 1 cup + 2 tbsp water +oil and salt. The result was just perfect for my taste. Rice kernels were buttery soft and so fluffy. I repeated this recipe multiple times and got the same results, even when I switched to brown rice. So, this ratio works best for my family’s taste.
- Exceptions to this ratio: I stick to a 1:1 ratio when I am cooking rice with vegetables. That’s because, vegetables release some liquid while cooking too.
- Customize your rice: If you like your Basmati rice with a little bite, follow the 1:1 ratio, which means, for every cup of rice, you add a cup of water. If you like them softer, add 1 1/4 cup water for 1 cup of rice.
How to Make the Perfect Instant Pot Jasmine Rice or Instant Pot Basmati Rice
I start by soaking the rice in about 2 cups of water, for 15 minute. Soaking the rice makes them softer after cooking. I prefer to do this step for all kinds of long grain white rice. After 15 mins, rinse the rice 2-3 times, until the water runs clear. This removes the excess starch in rice, making them fluffy after cooking.
Option A: Cook Using Pressure Cook/Manual Mode:
Turn on the Instant pot. Add rinsed rice, water, salt and oil. Close lid. Set vent to ‘sealing’ position in DUO model. Pressure cook for 6 mins on Pressure cook or Manual mode.
Option B: Cook Using Rice Mode:
Alternatively, you can press the ‘RICE’ mode, which cooks at Low pressure, for 12 mins.
Once cooking time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 5-10 mins. Release the remaining pressure by turning the vent to ‘Venting’ position in DUO, or, pressing down the pressure valve in ULTRA. Open the lid after the pin drops. Using a fork, gently fluff the rice.
How to Make Pot-in-Pot Rice in Instant Pot
Assemble the soaked and rinsed rice plus seasoning in an oven safe bowl that fits easily in your Instant Pot. Depending on the size of your pot, add 1-2 cups of water in the inner pot. Place a trivet. Place rice bowl on top of that. Close lid and pressure cook.
Accessories needed for Pot-in-Pot Rice in Instant Pot:
- Oven Safe bowl. I use this stainless steel bowl.
- Trivet. I use the one that came with the Instant Pot, but there are many choices on amazon.
Using the RICE Setting
You can follow this recipe and cook it using the RICE setting in your Instant Pot too. The rice setting defaults to 12 mins at LOW pressure. Add all ingredients to the pot, close the lid, set the vent to ‘sealing’ position and hit the ‘Rice’ button.
NPR vs. QR for Rice
I get asked this question a lot- do you NPR or QR for rice? Unless I am in a rush, or, if I am making vegetable biryani, as a general rule of thumb, I let the pressure release naturally for 5-10 minutes, after which I manually release the remaining pressure (NPR 5-10). When I cook long grain rice like Basmati or Jasmine, I find, that resting the rice makes it fluffy.
How to Make Brown Rice in Instant Pot
If you’re looking to make Brown Jasmine Rice or Brown Basmati Rice in your Instant Pot, here is the detailed recipe.
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Instant Pot Rice | Perfect Pressure Cooker Rice
- Soak the rice in about 2 cups of water, for 15 minutes. Soaking the rice makes them softer after cooking. I prefer to do this step for all kinds of long grain white rice. After 15 mins, rinse the rice 2-3 times, until the water runs clear. This removes any excess starch in rice, and makes them fluffy.
- Turn on the Instant pot. Add rinsed rice, water, salt and oil. Close lid. Set vent to sealing position in DUO model. Pressure cook for 6 mins on Pressure cook or Manual mode. Alternatively, you can press the 'RICE' mode, which cooks at Low pressure, for 12 mins.
- Once cooking time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 5-10 mins. Release the remaining pressure by turning the vent to 'Venting' position in DUO, or, push down the pressure valve in ULTRA. Open lid after the pin drops. Using a fork, gently fluff the rice.