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!
I’ve 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 couldn’t 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.
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.
How to Cook White Rice in an Instant Pot
Rinse the rice thoroughly under cold water and put in the Pressure Cooker.
Add water and salt and stir.
Close the lid and make sure that the venting knob is set to “SEAL”.
Cook for 3 minutes on manual high pressure. When done, let it naturally release pressure for 10 minutes.
Then turn the knob and release the rest of the pressure. Open the lid and using a fork, fluff the rice.
Tips for Best Results:
Always rinse your grains!
If you want perfectly fluffy rice, then you MUST rinse it. This step removes starch from the grain, which makes it less sticky.
Water to Rice Ratio.
The simple rule to cook the rice is 1:1 ratio.
1 cup White Rice + 1 cup Water = perfect cooked Rice
If you decided to double or triple the recipe, just multiply it to this ratio. That means that for a double portion, use 2 cups of rice and 2 cups of water.
I found out that 3 minutes cooking time on manual high pressure, followed by 10 minutes of natural pressure release gives the best results.
How to serve it
I love to serve it as a side dish with different meats and vegetables. Here are a few of my favorite recipes that will perfectly compliment each other:
- Oven Baked Meatballs
- Baked BBQ Chicken Thighs
- Salmon with Dill Sauce
- Salmon with Mango Salsa
- Easy Mongolian Beef
- Instant Pot Orange Chicken
- Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
Did you make this recipe?!? I’d love to know how it turned out! leave a comment and a rating below👇 thank you!
How to Cook White Rice in Instant Pot
- 1 cup white rice (basmati or jasmine)
- 1 cup water
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Rinse the rice thoroughly under cold water and put in the Pressure Cooker.
- Add water and salt and stir.
- Close the lid and make sure that the venting knob is set to “SEAL”.
- Cook for 3 minutes on manual high pressure. When done, let it naturally release pressure for 10 minutes.
- Then turn the knob and release the rest of the pressure. Open the lid and using a fork, fluff the rice.
- Serve immediately.
Jane Forbus says
Followed the recipe exactly. It came out slightly crunchy.
Hi there, wanted to double the recipe as well. Got that I need to double the ingredients, but does that mean I need to double the time as well? Just want to make sure.. thanks again, can’t wait to try your recipe!
Veronika's Kitchen says
Hi Teresa. No, you don’t need to double the time. If you want, you can just cook for 4 minutes, instead of 3. And still naturally release the pressure for 10 minutes. Let me know how it came out.
Absolutely love instant pot, i always cook rice in instant pot. It turns out great all the time. Rice cooked in instant pot is always perfect. Love how good that rice is cooked!
Perfectly cooked rice is a great technique to have in your back pocket, and this one is a very good example of that.
Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer says
Is there nothing the Instant Pot can’t make more perfect? Your rice looks well.. perfect! I know what I’m adding to my meal prep this week! Thanks for sharing!
Wow I had no idea you could make white rice this way! It came out perfectly cooked and so fluffy!
I’m all about making rice in the Instant Pot. It’s so much easier than the stovetop and you get perfect, fluffy rice!
Some might think it is an easy one to pull but making perfect rice is quite a task and is an absolute must to master. Great recipe!
I’m doing some pre-spring cleaning and I’ve been trying to justify having a rice cooker and an Instant Pot. Looks like the rice cooker is going in the donation pile!
Thank you for this step by step instructions. Sometimes the Instant Pot can be intimidating, even with how easy it is to use.
nicolas desjardins says
I love the way you make your white rice with the instant pot. This kind of stuff always reduces my stress level when I know that a dish will be ready when I’m back home! Thanks for your recipe. 🙂
Chef Dennis says
Hmm yum! I would love to have that perfectly cooked fluffy rice whenver I am having my meal. Thanks for sharing this recipe.