Let's make fluffy Instant Pot White Rice with perfectly separated grains and nothing sticking to the bottom of the pot. This recipe works for different types of long grain rice like Jasmine or Basmati rice.
Cooking rice to a perfect fluffy consistency with individual separated grains can be challenging. I've found this method of quickly toasting rice before cooking, and using a 1:1 water to rice ratio takes out the guesswork and produces consistently great cooked rice.
The only variance in this Instant Pot rice recipe is in the cook time. I'll go into more details below. But once you've found your right timing, you'll have a go-to fail proof rice recipe on hand.
Here you see that making white rice in the pressure cooker only requires 3 simple ingredients.
- White Rice - long grain, Basmati, Jasmine rice
- Vegetable broth - or water (+ bouillon cube)
See recipe card for quantities.
You can watch the entire process tutorial for this Instant Pot white rice recipe in the video below. Here are also some step-by-step images to make the instructions more clear
Preheat your pressure cooker on the sauté setting. Then add the butter and let it melt
Now add the rice and let it toast for a minute, while stirring to ensure that all the rice grains get coated with the melted butter
Now pour the vegetable broth/water over the rice and stir. Close the pressure cooker lid and cook on high pressure for 5-9 minutes
Quick release the pressure after cooking (natural pressure release won't overcook the rice either). Then fluff up the cooked rice with a fork, wooden spoon, or rice paddle.
Hint: Don't leave the cooked rice on the "Keep warm" setting with the lid open! This will cause the rice to dry out and get stuck on the bottom of the pot.
- Rice - I've tested with long grain rice varieties. Short grain may work too, but the timing may need to be adjusted
- Butter - substitute any cooking oil or ghee to make this dairy-free
- Broth - I like using vegetable broth to get a head start on flavoring the rice. You can also use water and a bouillon to be more cost-effective. Or just plain water (+ a little sea salt) if you want your rice to be more of a blank canvas
See this brown rice version of this recipe on my website for correct timings using whole grain rice.
The exact cooking times for Instant Pot white rice depend on the rice variety, how old it is (it dries more over time), and your altitude. At higher altitude things take longer to cook.
I live at very high altitude (over 6,200 ft/1,900 m) and always have to pressure cook things a few minutes longer. White rice for me at high altitude takes between 7-9 minutes. But I always see some shorter rice cooking times posted elsewhere, so my best guess is that at lower altitudes white rice will pressure cook in 5-7 minutes.
Play around with cook times in this suggested range with your favorite rice variety until you've found the perfect spot. Start on the lower end. You can always add a minute or two of cooking if the rice isn't quite done yet.
This recipes requires a pressure cooker. I have been using this 6-quart Instant Pot for over 6 years with great success.
Cooked leftover rice can be stored in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the fridge for 3-5 days. Or frozen for up to 6 months.
Cooling and reheating cooked rice increases the amount of resistant starch, which is a type of fiber.
Add a little extra moisture (a couple tablespoons of water) when reheating rice so it doesn't dry out too much.
Since the pressure cooker is sealed during cooking no evaporation takes place. Therefor a 1:1 ratio of rice to water works best in the Instant Pot. All of the water will get absorbed by the rice. Knowing this ratio, this recipe can easily be scaled up or down. Cooking times don't change with increased or decreased amounts of rice.
See the Cooking Times section of this post for a detailed answer. In short, it will take 5-9 minutes. My recipe is for 2 cups of rice, but the cooking times don't change wether you scale this recipe up or down.
I don't rinse the rice and rinsing is not recommended for enriched rice as that would remove the added nutrients. However, if you prefer rinsing your rice, you can certainly do that and this use this method. Just be sure that the rice is very well drained to but offset the 1:1 rice and water ratio. Also wet rice won't toast as well and may stick to the bottom of the pot.
Looking for other recipes for Instant Pot staple like this? Try these:
These are my favorite dishes to serve with Instant Pot white rice:
Instant Pot White Rice Recipe
- ½ tablespoon butter ghee, or oil
- 2 cups white rice long grain, Jasmine, Basmati
- 2 cup broth chicken or vegetable (or water + bouillon cube/paste)
- Press Sauté. When hot, add butter.
- Once melted, stir in the white rice and toast for a minute.
- Press Cancel. Stir in water or broth.
- Close the pressure cooker lid and turn the pressure valve to sealing position. Cook on high pressure for 5-9 minutes (see cooking times section in post).*
- Once the cooking time is up, quick release the pressure. Natural release is fine too if you aren't in a rush to get dinner on the table.
- Then open the lid and fluff up the rice with a fork, wooden spoon or rice paddle.
- Serve right away or close lid and keep warm until ready to serve.
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