How Do I Cook 1 Cup Of Rice In Instant Pot
I typically make 1-2 cups of white rice in the Instant Pot. The ratio that I find best is 1:1.25 rice to water. There are many recipes out there that recommend 1:1 ratio of rice to water. I personally think it needs that extra moisture.
Multiply this ratio to make more than 1 cup of white long grain rice in your Instant Pot.
Secrets Of Making Fluffy Rice Every Time
- Rinse uncooked rice under running cold water to get rid of the extra starch.
- Toast rinsed rice with a little bit of unflavored oil before adding the cooking liquid.
- Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to the cooking water.
- If cooking on the stovetop, let all the cooking water evaporated, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until rice is tender.
- When cooking in the pressure cooker, let the water bring to a boil before securing the lid. Cook for 8 minutes. Natural release for 5 minutes and then quick release. Fluff with a fork and serve.
How To Make White Rice:
So simple youll memorize this easily.
- Rinse: Use a fine mesh strainer to thoroughly rinse the rice. I often use my hand to move the rice around and make sure it all gets rinsed.
- Cook: Combine rice, water, butter and salt in Instant pot. Lock the lid and secure the vent and cook on high for 5 minutes
- Release: Let the pressure release naturally. Carefully remove the lid and fluff with a fork.
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How To Make Perfect Instant Pot White Rice
What is great about the Instant Pot is that it sint just a pressure cooker. Every Instant Pot model also includes a rice cooking function. It also makes it easy to make differing amounts of rice. In the InstaPot, you can often make a smaller amount than you could in most dedicated rice cookers. Simply use a water to rice ration of 1 cup rice to 1 cup of water.
The secret to fluffy rice that does not stick is to rinse it well before cooking. Immerse the rice in water, stir until the water turns milky, and drain. Repeat, and then run under water a bit longer to completely rinse. This removes the excess starch that can cause rice to get sticky.
Another tip is to add about 1 teaspoon of oil to the pot for each cup of rice. This also prevents sticking and reduces foam from the cooking rice. A bit of salt adds flavor. Use the Rice setting for white rice. For brown rice, use the high pressure cooking setting and cook for 22 minutes.
Why Is My Rice Dry
If your rice is dry, the ratio of rice to water is off and theres not enough water. When youre experimenting with different kinds of rice, keep this in mind! Different kinds of rice absorb different amounts of water.
Another reason why your rice could be dry is if you leave it in the Instant Pot too long after cooking.
The keep warm mode will continue to heat the rice at a low temperature. This can occasionally dry out or burn the rice if you leave it too long.
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How To Make Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot White Rice
White rice is SO quick and easy to make in your pressure cooker. However, this recipe will work in ANY brand of electric pressure cooker, including the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, and Mealthy MultiPot.
This is the recipe Ive made the most in my pressure cooker. In fact, I havent cooked rice on the stove since I tried this recipe.
I adapted the recipe for the electric pressure cooker from the Three-Minute Spiced White Basmati Rice recipe in the Veggie Queens ebook , The New Fast Food. The pressure cooker really is the best way to make fast food.
This white rice recipe works well with basmati, jasmine, short and long grain white rices.
Brown Rice In The Instant Pot Some Special Considerations
Most of the instructions for Instant Pot brown rice will be the same as white rice, except that cook time doubles, and you may need to fiddle with your water ratio as well.
Most brown rice calls for 45 minutes of cook time on the stovetop, and the Instant Pot can pretty much cut that in half. Somewhere from 20 to 28 minutes will be the sweet spot, depending on if you have short- or long-grain brown rice. I am generally able to get mine done at 22 minutes on low pressure.
Pro Tip: wherever you store your rice, leave a note for yourself about the water ratio and the number of minutes.
For example, we buy rice in huge, Costco-sized bags and pour each variety into a different glass jar in our kitchen. On the outside of that glass jar, it says, 1 cup rice, 1 1/4 cups water, 20 minutes IP. That way, I never have to look anything up.
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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.
How To Avoid Mushy Rice
Mushy rice happens when the ratio of water to rice is not perfect. Many in the Instant Pot / Pressure Cooking community like a 1:1 ratio of rice to water. But I prefer a 1: 1 1/4 ratio. 1 Cup Rice to 1 1/4 Cup Water or liquid. This has always given me the best success.
Cooking Time is also important. Over cooking or under cooking can leave you with rice you prefer not to eat. And different varieties of rice require different cooking times.
Always fluff your rice! Fluffing rice is simple. Use a fork to gently lift the rice and separate right after cooking. It also helps to turn the Instant Pot off after the cook and natural pressure release has ended. The Keep Warm setting keeps heat on the bottom of the rice which will make the rice stick to the pot.
With such a fast and easy way to make rice, youll probably see it in your diets a lot more too! But thats okay, I have a ton of recipes using cooked white rice you can check out and try!
It also makes a great dish next to some beef stroganoff! Even the leftover rice is great because it can be used in a fried rice recipe the next day!
So dont worry if you make too much, there are always a few great uses available.
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What If My Rice Is Too Mushy
You most likely used too much water. 1:1 water to rice ratio is essential for all rice types.
Use the exact same container to measure both rice and water. Some cups are standard American , others are metric and the little plastic cup that comes with the Instant Pot is neither . So do not use different measuring cups to measure rice and water.
Instant Pot Brown Rice
If you have ever cooked brown rice, you know that it can take a long time to cook and often requires a lot of attention while cooking. This is because brown rice has the outer husk removed which provides all of the flavor.
Cooking brown rice in an Instant Pot or other pressure cooker reduces the normal cooking time and is a more efficient cooking method.
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To Salt Or Not To Salt
Whether or not you salt your rice is totally your personal preference. I know some people who cant stand unsalted rice, and others who cant imagine why anyone would ever salt it!
If you use salt, you HAVE to try Redmond Real Salt. I know, its just salt, but trust me: it makes a difference! I talk about it so much that Redmond Real Salt actually worked with me to give you 15% off with my code IPCOOKING. Simply add a quarter teaspoon to the rice and water before sealing your Instant Pot.
How To Use The Rice Button On The Instant Pot
The rice button on the Instant Pot cooks at low pressure for 12 minutes. You can use this setting for cooking white rice, but for brown rice youll want to manually cook it at high pressure for 22 minutes instead.
I personally prefer to use the method below, cooking the rice for 4 minutes at high pressure, but you can use either method with great results.
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Why Is My Rice Always Mushy
If your rice is too mushy for your taste, its because the rice to water ratio is off . Aka, too much water.
When making rice in your Instant Pot, you need to remember there is no evaporation. This means the rice to water ratio is much less than if you cooked your rice on the stove or in a rice cooker.
Cook In High Pressure For 2 Minutes
After testing a few different variations, the best cooking time for short grain rice is 2 minutes on high pressure. Ive also tried using the Rice mode on the Instant Pot, which is set to 12 minutes on low pressure. As both manual and Rice mode takes 5 minutes to pressurize, Rice mode takes extra 10 minutes to cook.
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Pressure Cooker White Rice
Cooking white rice in an instant pot only takes 4 minutes of cooking time at high pressure. The rice comes up perfect every time, so fluffy and tender.
A number of regions across the globe would name rice as the most important ingredient and a staple in their diet. I myself am in that camp, a day doesnt feel quite right without a hot rice dish!
Serve this white rice with:
Jasmine white rice is an extremely versatile rice that goes well with just about anything. Ive used it in so many types of cuisines: Thai, Indian, Middle Eastern, Jamaican, Chinese and Spanish just to name a few. It soaks in and perfectly accompanies the flavors of a dish, and when cooked right has a slightly sticky and soft texture that is easy to love.
Failproof Instant Pot Rice
After weeks of experimenting, I got it right. Here is your fail-proof guide for Instant Pot Rice. White rice, brown rice, wild rice, and many more, basically an encyclopedia about cooking rice in a pressure cooker.
If youve followed along for a while, you know Im a huuuuge fan of pressure cooking. My Instant Pot Chicken and Rice recipe is not only a hit at my house but thousands of others now, too. YAY!
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Recipe Notes And Tips
- Rinse your rice well under cold running water before adding to the Instant Pot. This will help to remove the starch so that your rice doesnt get clumpy and gluey. This will ensure nice and fluffy rice.
- If making ahead of time, let the rice cool completely before storing and only reheat it once.
- The ratio of water to rice is 1:1 and this Instant pot rice recipe is easily doubled or tripled.
Can You Cook 1 Cup Of Rice In The Instant Pot
If youre using the inner pot of your Instant Pot then you should use a minimum of 1 cups worth of rice. If you plan on cooking less than that then a pot in pot method would work better.
Cooking 1 cup of rice in the Instant Pot is completely doable and easy. Your Instant Pot will cook it at a nice low temperature and give you a great yield of cooked rice.
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Instant Pot Rice Setting
I always cook rice using the manual pressure cook setting, not the rice setting. The Instant Pot rice program supposedly senses how much rice and moisture are in the pot and sets the cook time accordingly. The rice setting can only be used for white rice. I like to be able to control the cook time myself, so I avoid the preset programs on my Instant Pot.
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.
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Rice Usually Fails To Cook In A Few Ways:
- Too watery: this means your rice is under-cooked.
- Hard, chewy, or burnt: this means you didnt add enough water or its overcooked.
- Too mushy and sticky: this means you added way too much water.
So, the water-to-rice ratios and the cooking times are the utmost important factors for making perfectly cooked rice. Every grain is different though.
Why This Recipe Works
When you cook rice it Instant Pot, it works like a Rice Cooker. It allows the grain to absorb all the liquid, while keeping it light and fluffy.
The only difference is the Pressure Cooker makes the whole process faster. The cooking time is only 3 minutes. However, we need to naturally release the pressure for 10 minutes to make sure that all the liquid is absorbed.
The main trick for this recipe is the right water/rice ratio. Thanks to that, your rice will be perfectly cooked without being too mushy.
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Should I Add Salt To Rice
Theres no need to add salt to rice, but it will always add a little flavor. I only use Redmond Real Salt now- Ive become a total salt snob! It is the most pure, best-tasting, natural salt I have ever had.
You wouldnt ever think you could tell the difference, but I love it! I find a big difference in my cooking now that I only use Redmond Salt.
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Is Rice Gluten Free
Rice is naturally gluten free. However, it can become cross contaminated with other grains that are not gluten free during harvesting, processing and storage.
Rice that has been milled or brown rice may be exposed to barley or wheat while being transported to the facility.
This exposure usually occurs when these goods are being processed in shared facilities on the same transport truck.
If you are conscious about eating gluten free, it is best to purchase rice that has been specifically grown and processed for a gluten free facility or to clean the milled rice thoroughly before using.
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Instant Pot White Rice
Cooking white rice in the Instant Pot is our preferred method because its fast, fluffy, hands-off, and yields perfect results every time!Heres what you need to know:
- Ratio = 1 part white rice : 1 part water
- Cook Time = 4 minutes
- Release = 10 minute natural release, then release any remaining pressure
Did you find this helpful? If so, be sure to check out our Instant Pot Cooking Times Guide for perfectly cooked grains and beans every time!
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Why You Should Cook Your White Rice In The Instant Pot
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How To Cook White Rice In Instant Pot
Learn how to cook white rice in Instant Pot using a foolproof method! Just put everything in the pot, set the time for 3 minutes, and you will have perfectly cooked fluffy rice every single time!
Once you learn how to cook grains in a Pressure Cooker, you will never make them any other way!
Ive been cooking rice on the stove top my whole life. It works but you really need to pay attention: heat level, water to rice ratio, spilling liquid so many things to worry about.
When I made my rice in an Instant Pot for the first time, I couldnt believe how easy it was!
All you need to do is put rinsed rice, water, and salt in a pot, close the lid, and in about total 20 minutes your perfectly cooked fluffy rice is ready! Meanwhile, you have more time to focus of other meal prep.