How To Make Instant Pot Brown Rice

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PERFECT Instant Pot Brown Rice Every Time!

Good question! After all, there are a million websites that tell how to cook regular ol rice in the Instant Pot. And, you dont even need to go to a website to learn how to cook rice in the IP. A quick glance at the grain-cooking chart in the Instant Pot user manual can tell you that.

Except as I mentioned here, the Instant Pots user manual is sadly short on nourishing, traditional-type preparations.

It gives no instructions for how to cook soaked beans or sprouted beans. No indication on cooking time or liquid amount for soaked quinoa or soaked rice. Not even a mention of sprouted or soaked grains or beans of any kind.

Since you and I are believers in the Nourishing Traditions way of preparing our food to reduce phytic acid and make it more nourishing and digestible thats a problem.

I dont know about you, but Ive never sprouted my own rice. Soaking? Sure. Never sprouted. I didnt even know buying sprouted rice was a thing for a long time!

And why would I need to sprout my own rice when I can buy it for relatively inexpensively?

According to my friend Wardee at Traditional Cooking School, the 3 grain preparation methods soaking, sprouting, and souring provide different levels of digestibility because each has its own level of effectiveness against phytic acid .

Soaking = Good.

How Do You Freeze Chicken Breasts

I like to take the breasts out of the package and put them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. I separate them slightly so they freeze as individual breasts. I place the sheet in the freezer overnight and the next day I take the solid individual frozen chicken breasts and put them in a zip bag for longer storage.

It is nice to have individual breasts because I can pull out the amount I need for a recipe without thawing a large clump of chicken.

Instant Pot Brown Rice

Instant Pot Brown Rice step by step guide to make the perfect brown rice in your Instant Pot each time.

You wont believe how easy it is! Perfect to enjoy with your favorite curries or stir-fry!

Is rice good for you?

This is like a never ending debate!

I grew up in a family where rice was eaten every day. A meal would just not be complete until there was rice on the table. Thats because we belong to a region in India where rice was grown in abundance and my grand-father was a farmer, so we had rice farms! And since there was so much rice, it was obviously eaten all the time.

Growing up I never thought if rice was good or bad. However in spite of growing up in such an environment I never became a rice fan. I dont know why! While no one in my family could finish their meals without rice, I chose to avoid it whenever I could.

I always preferred my roti and eating rice seemed like a chore. All the rice in my home was always white. I didnt even know about brown rice until I grew up and it became a trend!

And hence came the debate that which rice is better for you brown or white?

Both white rice and brown rice are high in carbohydrates. White rice is basically brown rice minus the germ and the bran. Because brown rice contains the whole grain it is said to be a healthier alternative. It has more fiber, minerals and vitamins than the white counterpart.

But according to some studies, white rice is more easily digestible and hence a better alternative for the gut.

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Natural Pressure Release Vs Quick Pressure Release

Whats better? Hands down, no doubt > > natural pressure release. If you cook rice longer so you can do quick pressure release, with the hope to have the rice cooked faster overall, it gets sticky and mushy.

I encourage you to be patient and wait for natural pressure release. I timed all rice and there doesnt seem to be any rhyme or reason to the timing. Even the same kind of rice in the same amount has had different natural pressure release times.

Want Fluffy Rice Rinse Well

How to Make Instant Pot Brown Rice

I dont always remember or have time to do this step, but it helps when I do: Rinse the rice in a wire mesh colander under cold water for 30 seconds or so, or until the water runs mostly clear.

Rinsing makes the rice fluffy, and seems to make more of a difference with white rice varieties verses brown the latter is protected by its hull and doesnt tend to have a lot of extra starch clinging to the outside of the grains.

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What Is Brown Rice

Brown rices literal meaning in Chinese is rough rice. Its an unpolished whole grain rice the bran, germ, and aleurone layer are not removed like the regular polished white rice we eat.

Brown rice is the same grain as white rice, but its more nutritious with more nutrients and high in fiber.

Normally it takes almost an hour of simmering to make a pot of brown rice on stove top, but its super easy to cook Brown Rice in Instant Pot with just half the cooking time!

Which Pot Should I Use To Make Rice

I use the Instant Pot 6 quart Duo for my recipes however, I always make long grain white rice in the 3 quart Instant Pot.

Since Im usually making the main dish in the larger Instant Pot, I like making the sides in the 3 quart.

This recipe is compatible in a 6 or 3 quart Instant Pot.

If I make Japanese sticky rice which is short grain white rice, I always use my Japanese rice cooker.

If you want to know which Instant Pot to buy, youll want to check out this post on Which Instant Pot to Buy or this Youtube video!

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What If Rice Came Out Mushy Or Crunchy

When it comes to rice cooked in a pressure cooker, its a little bit of trial and error method for everyone. Sometimes different varieties of brown rice cook differently. Also rice could be old. I always use long grain brown rice and buy one brand. Last time my husband bought different brand and it needed maybe 1 more minute cooking. Once you find your rice you will know how long it cooks and you can add extra minutes.

If your rice comes out crunchy: stir, close the lid and let it sit for 20 minutes. It will get there. Also, next time cook for 25 minutes and let pressure come down on its own. It could be the altitude or rice and beans brand. Unfortunately, you cant re-close the lid, cook for extra 2 minutes and say that your new cooking time. You have to try recipe from scratch again to find your rice cooking time.

If your rice comes out mushy: cook a few minutes less next time. Easy-peasy.

Why Is My Rice Still Crunchy

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If your rice is still crunchy, there was not enough water added or the pressure was not released correctly from the Instant Pot. Unfortunately, there isnt a way to ensure you wont get the burn notice if you try to continue to cook the rice.

To use crunchy rice, add it to a soup or make cook in a little oil and water on the stove top in a skillet.

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Instant Pot Brown Rice Method: Rinsed 20 Minutes High Pressure Quick Release

  • Rating: 8/10
  • Timing: 32 minutes, including 10 minutes to come to pressure

About this method:This method from Minimalist Baker was suggested by Kitchns Editor-in-Chief, Faith Durand. You rinse the rice, combine it with 2 cups of water, cook it under pressure for 20 minutes, then do a quick release at the end of cooking.

Results: This pot of brown rice had nice, tight individual grains, but the rice was slightly undercooked, making it chewier than wed like. We have mixed feeling about this method: Its ideal for meal prepping because the slightly chewy rice is excellent for reheating or for using in cooked dishes, but its not the best for eating freshly cooked rice. This method is excellent if you plan on reheating the rice or cooking it further .

Should I Use Rice Button Or Pressure Cooker Function For Making Brown Rice

We prefer to use the pressure cooker function than the rice function, here is why

  • First, different varieties of rice have different cooking times, thus the pressure cooker function is better than the preset rice function which typically takes 40 mins to cook rice irrespective of the variety of rice.
  • Second, cooking rice using the pressure cooker function is definitely a time saver as it takes less time than the rice function.
  • and Finally, we give you the exact information on the ratio and time to make awesome brown rice every time!

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What If My Rice Is Too Hard With A : 1 Ratio

If your rice is hard or uncooked that doesnt mean next time it needs more water, that means, next time it needs more TIME. Did you wait for FULL natural pressure release?

Unfortunately, you cannot safe undercooked rice in the Instant Pot as putting the lid back on and turning the pot back on just leads to the dreaded burn warning. I recommend adding the undercooked rice to a soup or stew maybe 5 minutes before its done simmering.

How To Cook Brown Rice In The Instant Pot:


This is my tried and true method for cooking the best brown rice in the Instant Pot. Its light, fluffy, and perfectly sticky. Cooking healthy brown rice in the pressure cooker makes for a delicious and hearty side for these Instant Pot recipes: teriyaki turkey meatballs, healthy orange chicken, and even mini meatloaf bites.

This Instant Pot brown rice is:

  • Monitor free: No babysitting a pot that is bubbling over on the stove
  • Light and Fluffy: The perfect brown rice every time
  • Cheap: Making this healthy grain yourself will save you so much money over the more expensive prepacked ones you can buy from Thrive Market and Trader Joes. The premade packets are $3-5 each.
  • Easy: Not even 5 minutes of active prep time, let the Instant Pot do the work, and you are done!

Time needed: 30 minutes.

  • After 10 minutes, manually flip the valve to Venting to release the pressure on your pot.

  • Remove the lid

    You can eat the rice right away or allow it to cool and then freeze it for later.

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    In a gallon size Ziplock bag, add all ingredients except water finishing with tomatoes on top. Let as much air out as possible, seal and freeze for up to 3 months. Pressure cook on High from frozen for 22 minutes with Quick Release.

    For cooking in Instant Pot, it is important to finish with tomatoes on top to avoid Burn. Also check out my full list of 20 healthy premade meals. Im obsessed!

    Why Cook Brown Rice In Instant Pot

    Brown rice is one of the easiest and most often made dish in my instant pot.Here is why I make my brown rice in instant pot only.

    • No Baby Sitting Required
    • Keep Warm Setting keeps the rice warm till i am ready to actually eat.
    • Delay Setting i can delay the cooking of the brown rice by a couple of hours and get super fresh, hot food when i need it.

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    No Burn Instant Pot Brown Rice

    Tired of uncooked, burnt, mushy brown rice? We were too and we have been experimenting with different time and process to come up with a fail-proof recipe of how to make perfect Instant Pot Brown rice. Read more to know how you could make perfect Brown Rice every time too!


    If you’ve come aboard the Instant Pot journey and are looking to make the perfect rice in your Instant Pot, we’ve got you covered. It took us a few failed attempts and burn notifications before we mastered the art of making perfect rice in our Instant Pots.

    How To Make Instant Pot Brown Rice

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    Learn how to make Instant Pot Brown Rice that turns out fluffy and flavorful every time! This is a staple side dish at our house that we serve almost on a weekly basis!

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    How To Reheat Rice In The Instant Pot

    So, Ive seen a couple of people recommend adding water or oil and stir it in the inner pot and pretty much making a mess, haha.

    Um, not my favorite method.

    I like things simple. I basically want the same convenience as a microwave but without the waves.

    I store my leftover rice in a heat-proof glass container and then place the trivet in the Instant Pot, add a cup of water and place the rice uncovered on the trivet. Put the lid on, knob to sealing and press steam for 5 minutes. Quick pressure release, done!

    So here you have it. The longest post in the history of Green Healthy Cooking.

    Ways To Reduce Arsenic In Rice

    There are a few ways that you canreduce the levels of arsenic:

    • Pre-rinse your rice. Rinsing rice before cooking can reduce the arsenic levels.
    • If possible, choose rice from the Himalayan regionits said they have lower levels of arsenic in their soil.
    • Some people like to cook their rice in extra water so they can drain out impurities after cooking. In the Instant Pot, though, this can lead to very wet rice.

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    How To Cook Soaked Brown Rice In Your Instant Pot

    July 29, 2016 by Amy Vig

    You bought an Instant Pot, youve read the tips, and now youre finally ready to put it to use. Great!

    In hopes of convincing you it isnt as complicated as it might seem, I wanted to show you today one of my favorite uses for my Instant Pot. Cooking soaked brown rice in big batches to use throughout the week.


    How To Cook Brown Rice In An Instant Pot

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  • Add 1 cup water + 1 cup rinsed brown rice to Instant Pot.
  • Secure lid, press Pressure CookHigh, and set to 20 minutes. It will take ~8 minutes to pressurize, and then the cooking begins.
  • When the timer goes off, carefully press the quick release . Once steam has fully escaped ~30 seconds carefully remove lid.
  • Enjoy perfectly cooked rice!
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    What Is Glycemic Index

    Glycemic index is a value that is assigned to food that ranks items based on how fast they affect your blood glucose levels. The scale runs from 0 to 100.

    Foods on the lower end of the scale slowly release glucose at a steady rate. Foods on the higher end release glucose rapidly and can lead to blood sugar spikes.

    Eating low glycemic index foods such as brown rice, sweet potatoes, and whole grain breads help you feel fuller longer and tend to be a better choice for weight loss.

    Glycemic index of rice:

    • Black rice: 42.3

    Use A Natural Pressure Release

    No matter what kind of rice youre cooking, its a good idea to let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes before opening the pot. This allows the moisture to distribute evenly throughout the grains, and helps it unstick from the bottom of the pot, too.

    You *can* open the pot with a quick pressure release if you like, but it really does benefit from a little resting time!

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    How To Store Rice

    Before storing cooked rice in the refrigerator or freezer, you must cool the rice quickly. It is important to cool the rice quickly to prevent bacteria from growing. Rice is fairly moist, making it a perfect breeding ground for bacteria to grow quickly. It is not recommended to leave rice at room temperature longer than 2 hours. I recommend no longer than 60 minutes.

    Flavor : Garlic Herb Brown Rice

    Instant Pot Brown Rice – Easy and Quick!

    To make Instant Pot garlic herb brown rice, I melt a little butter or ghee in a small pan on the stovetop and add 1 clove minced garlic, 1 Tbsp fresh parsley , 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper, and 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes and stir to infuse the butter. When the rice is done, just stir the melted herb butter into the rice!

    This flavorful garlic herb brown rice is absolutely lovely as a side dish. Serve it with roasted veggies to make Buddha bowls, or alongside your favorite proteinsfish, grilled chicken, steak, chicken sausage, etc. I sometimes add toasted almonds for a little crunch!


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