How To Cook Instant Pot Rice
Alex and I cook rice quite a bit, but it wasnt until recently that we mastered our method for Instant Pot rice. As noted above, cooking rice in the Instant Pot is only a few minutes faster than cooking it on the stovetop. So why bother learning how to cook rice in an Instant Pot? We like that it cooks it perfectly every time, and we dont have to worry about checking a pot thats simmering on the stove. In that way, its just like a rice cooker.
Our magic formula for our Instant Pot rice is as follows, and its different for white and brown rice. This recipe is currently for long grain rice only; well update it once weve tested short grain rice! Use the pressure cooker to do the following:
- Instant Pot White Rice: Pressure;cook on high for 8 minutes;and then use the;natural release process for 10 minutes.
- Instant Pot Brown Rice: Pressure;cook on high for 20 minutes;and then use the;natural release process for 10 minutes.
As always, we have found that there are variations in rice brands and Instant Pot / pressure cooker brands. If the timing in this Instant Pot rice recipe is a little off, you can make minor adjustments to the cook time. Let us know in the comments below how it goes for you!
Key Steps For Rice In The Instant Pot
- Rinse the rice before cooking. Rinsing rice before cooking removes any dirt from processing, gets rid of starch that can make the rice sticky, and, Ive found, makes the rice taste better. According to Instant Pots manual, rinsing the rice also makes up for the small amount of moisture lost in evaporation during the cooking process.
- Use the right ratio of rice to water. Instant Pot suggests any rice can be cooked with a one-to-one rice-to-water ratio, but during testing, we found this wasnt universally true both among Instant Pot models and other multi-cookers. Use slightly more water when cooking brown rice and wild rice to prevent undercooking and scorching. Plus, its better to err on the side of more water, since most rice varieties can be drained if theres excess moisture.
- Pressure cook the rice on high. Lock the lid in place and set to cook at HIGH pressure for the following times:;
- White rice : 5 minutes;
- Long-grain brown rice: 10 minutes;
- Wild rice: 15 minutes
Rice Cookers And The Instant Pot
When you cook white rice on the stove, the typical ratio is 1 part rice to 2 parts water. With rice cookers you don’t need to remember ratios at all. Just measure rice with the cooker’s cup accessory . Then fill the machine’s pot to a precalibrated water line to match your uncooked rice amount.
Rice cookers often have multiple water volume lines. The one you choose depends on the kind of rice you plan to make. Not so with an Instant Pot, which has just one series of suggested water volume lines that matches the water levels that standard rice cookers suggest for white rice. It also translates to a 1:1 ratio . Most importantly, the volume lines account for displacement caused by the volume of rice itself .
Instant Pot also recommends a 1:1 ratio for all grains of cooked rice. This included everything from brown to jasmine, basmati and wild rice. The only variable that changes is how long it should cook. ; ;
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Can You Make It Ahead Of Time
Yes, this Instant Pot rice will keep well in the fridge for up to 4 to 5 days and it also freezes well too for up to 3 months. Frozen rice should be thawed before reheating.
To reheat cooked rice, its best to do this in the microwave. Place a couple of teaspoons of water with the rice in a microwaveable bowl and cook on high for 3 minutes until it is piping hot.
How To Make Rice
This easy and delicious boxed rice recipe requires 3 simple steps to prepare in the Instant Pot:
Get the full recipe and see the video prep below
How To Cook Black Rice In The Instant Pot
Have you heard of black rice? Its healthier than all other rice because rather than being a grain, its actually a seed. Plus, its packed with antioxidants, just like blueberries.
It looks pretty crazy, but it tastes delicious.
We default to black rice most of the time unless we have guests who might be scared away. Most of my brands of black rice call for a 2 to 1 ratio of water.
We started cooking black rice in the Instant Pot with 2 cups water, 1 cup rice, and 20 minutes under low pressure. Weve had success with that method, but have been working our water level down.
I feel pretty confident that you could use 1 1/2 cups water and 1 cup rice and 20 to 25 minutes under low pressure and have it come out just great.
- Total Time:25 – 45 minutes
How Much Rice Can You Cook In The Instant Pot
The most rice Ive ever cooked at one time is 3 cups of dry rice with 3 cups of water. I think you could probably go up to 5 cups of dry rice, as long as you dont fill the pot more than halfway full for safety.
Rice creates foamy, starchy water as it cooks, so you wouldnt want it to rise too high during the cooking cycle and damage your pot.
When doubling or tripling a recipe in the Instant Pot, the cooking time doesnt change. However, the overall time will be longer when you cook a larger quantity, because it will take longer for the pot to come to pressure when compared to a smaller quantity of rice.
- 1cupbrown rice, rinsed
- 1 cupwater
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Instant Pot Rice: Here’s How To Make It
This is how to cook delicious rice in your Instant Pot every time.
The Instant Pot Max.
If you own an Instant Pot, you know they’re super-convenient kitchen gadgets. They not only save time, they also create less mess so clean-up is a snap. You can whip up delicious rice in your Instant Pot, too . The problem is the printed manual and bundled recipe book give only vague instructions. And Instant Pot’s own guide;clashes with many rice recipes on its website.; ;
To settle the matter, I tested my hand at batch after batch of Instant Pot rice. This guide lays out what worked for me in simple steps you can try yourself. Soon you’ll be leaning on your new Instant Pot to pull double duty as a speedy rice-maker too.
Rinsing Your Rice Is Key
We need to keep in mind the amount of starch that clings to all those uncooked grains of rice and how that affects the way it cooks. By rinsing this starch off we prevent the rice from sticking together as it cooks and allows it to fluff up properly without becoming gummy.
- Use a fine mesh strainer and rinse your rice in the sink till the water runs clear. Shake the rice and stir your hand through it in a circular motion.
- Fill a bowl with your rice and cold water and stir your hand through in a circular motion 30 times. Drain the cloudy water.
- Repeat this till the water runs clear.
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Why Do Bodybuilders Eat Jasmine Rice
Varieties of brown rice such as Jasmine or Basmati still contain their germ and bran layers, meaning they provide fitness buffs with a range of important nutrients including B vitamins, bone-building phosphorus, and magnesium. Low levels of magnesium may also contribute to or at least predict heart disease.
How To Make Congee In An Instant Pot Step By Step Photos
Start by peeling and slicing 1-2 inches of ginger . Thinly slice three shittake mushrooms and crush two cloves of garlic. Shittake mushrooms are pretty expensive , but since theyre mostly air and weigh next to nothing, I was able to get three fairly large mushrooms for $0.63. Not bad.
Remove the skin from about 2 lbs. of bone-in chicken pieces. Dark meat is going to give you a lot better flavor than breasts, so I highly suggest you stick to thighs and drumsticks. You can remove the excess fat as well, but I found that it made the porridge incredibly rich and velvety. Plus, trimming the fat is tedious. Ha.
Place one cup uncooked jasmine rice in the bottom of the Instant Pot and add the ginger slices, crushed garlic, and sliced mushrooms on top.
Then add the chicken pieces
And finally, add 7 cups water.
If youre making this on the stove top, just add all the ingredients listed above to a large pot, but use 10 cups water instead of 7 . Bring the pot to a boil over high heat, then reduce to low and let simmer for 1-2 hours, stirring often, or until a thick porridge has formed. If the porridge is too thin after that time, simply let it simmer without a lid until it thickens.
Close and lock the lid on the Instant Pot and turn the steam release valve to the sealing position. Notice the float valve on the right, the small metal circle, is down. This means there is no pressure in the Instant Pot.
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Types Of Wild Rice It Matters
So, heres what Ive figured out
The type of wild rice you use REALLY matters. There are so many varieties, and I dont use a variety that can be bought off the shelf at your local supermarket.;I buy it from friends who go out in a canoe and harvest the rice by hand, according to traditional Native practices. I pay $11 per pound for this beautiful, local food.
Our wild rice is not patty-grown. It is not dark black or brown; more of a grey-ish brown color.
If your wild rice is patty-grown, black in color, or machine-parched, your results may be different.
This is my best guess as to why others who have followed this recipe ended up with vastly different results. Just know that as long as the rice is cooked through not too al dente and not mushy, but perfectly cooked and youre still left with water, simply drain the water and use the rice. Its really ok!
The Best Boxed Rice Made In The Instant Pot
For the easiest, tastiest Rice-A-Roni, make it right in your pressure cooker. This Instant Pot Rice-A-Roni recipe has a hands-off approach, which means no stirring or standing over a hot stove. Plus, making it in the Instant Pot frees you to make the rest of dinner while its cooking.
Making rice in the pressure cooker is similar to cooking rice in a rice cooker, except pressure cooking steams the rice with high pressure. This creates tender and flavorful rice each and every time!
My pressure cooker boxed rice recipe is perfect for those with a 3 quart Instant Pots .
After owning a 6 quart Instant Pot for years, I purchased a smaller pot several months ago. I use it more than I ever imagined it is the perfect size for side dishes like Rice-A-Roni and mashed potatoes, for making hard-boiled eggs, and recipes like Salsa Chicken and Sour Cream Pork Chops. The smaller pot is about the same size as a saucepan and is dishwasher safe.
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How Much Water For Instant Pot Rice
You can cook any kind of rice in your pressure cooker, long or short grain, brown or white. No matter what kind of rice Im cooking, I use the same 1:1 ratio of rice to water or broth.
This is probably less water than youre used to using for cooking stovetop rice, and thats because theres very little evaporation when youre using the pressure cooker. This ratio produces fairly firm, separate grainsyou can add a little more water, maybe about 1/4 cup extra, if you like softer rice.
How Much Rice Can You Cook In An Instant Pot
The recipe below is for cooking 2 cups of rice, which will yield about 6 cups of cooked rice. The water to rice ratio and cook time stay the same regardless of the amount of rice you are cooking.
You can cook more rice as long as you dont exceed the maximum fill lines on your pot. Rice will expand as it cooks, so you have to account for this:
- You can double this recipe to cook 4 cups of rice in a 6 quart Instant Pot, which will make about 12 cups of cooked rice.
- If you have an 8 quart Instant Pot , you can triple this recipe to cook 6 cups rice. This will make about 18 cups of cooked rice.
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Just Add Water Or Broth Or Garlic Or Butter
Just like on the stove, you can cook rice in the pressure cooker with broth or water, use as much salt as you like, and add extra seasonings, a pat of butter, or a little olive oil for extra flavor.
What I Do: I sometimes sauté a little garlic in olive oil before adding my rice and broth, which turns a basic pot of grains into a flavorful side dish! You can also use seasonings such as turmeric and coriander for some Indian-inspired basmati rice, or chili powder for rice to tuck into burritos.
The 3 Dilemmas Before Making Rice With The Instant Pot
Before I go straight to the Instant Pot Rice recipe, I want to tell you why it took me a long time to share this post. If you follow my blog for some time, you probably know that I have my Instant Pot for a while and I;love using it to make various dishes.
But why havent I used my favorite Instant Pot to cook steamed rice? Heres why I had avoided using the Instant Pot to cook rice:
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How To Make Rice In Instant Pot
Here are step-by-step instructions for making medium-grain and long-grain white rice such as Basmati or Jasmine rice. We used Instant Pot Duo Nova 6-quart pressure cooker for this recipe.;
Step 1. Prepare the ingredients. Wash the rice under cold water 4-5 times to remove excess starch. This will result in fluffier, most separated cooked rice. Use your hand to rub the rice underwater. Strain and add rinsed rice to the inner pot.
Step 2. Add water and salt and stir. Pop the lid on top, secure and lock in place.;
Step 3. If using classic Instant Pot Duo, check that the steam release handle is pointing to Sealing. Select Pressure Cook button . Make sure the pressure level is set to HIGH and use and + buttons to adjust the time to 4 minutes. If you need to change from LOW to HIGH, press Pressure Level to toggle between settings.; You can leave the Keep Warm default setting on.;
After 3 beeps, the display will show ON and two status icons at the top indicating that the pot is heating up and the pressure is building. This will take about 5 minutes.;
Step 4. Once pressure is built up, the cooking timer of 4 minutes will display. The float valve on the lid will also rise up as the pressure is built up. Once the cooking timer is done, the Keep Warm cycle will begin with a new 00:00 timer. During this stage, the Instant Pot will start to depressurize and cool down. Leave it undisturbed for 3-4 minutes to release some of the pressure naturally.;
How To Make Coconut Rice In An Instant Pot:
For the coconut rice, I simply toast some unsweetened shredded coconut rice in the pot onSauté mode for about a minute, add the rice and bit of ghee or butter, replace some of the water with light coconut milk and apply the same settings. Thats it!
If that sounds too good to be true to you, I promise its not.
In fact, thats what I feel after every recipe I make in my Instant Pot. How on earth didsomething so delicious come out of this little machine with so little effort?!
I cant wait to hear about your Instant Pot Coconut Rice adventures in the comments below!
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Why You Need To Rinse Rice:
- Starch:;Rinsing your rice before cooking will help get rid of the extra starch which is found on Rice. This extra starch when cooked causes the rice to become sticky and gloopy. Rinsing will take off that extra starch and insure nice fluffy individual grains of rice.
- Impurities: No method of preparing rice for the store shelf is perfect. Rinsing your rice will also help get rid of any impurities, such as dirt, left over pesticides and help sanitize your rice making for a healthy meal.