This is how to cook rice in Instant Pot! Fluffy white, Arborio, brown and Jasmine rice in a pressure cooker instructions are here. You can use any brand you have for these including Crockpot Express and Ninja Foodi rice too. Works the same perfect way. A simple gluten free side dish we all love.
Choose your favorite one or choose them all to see which one is your favorite. Tips and tricks to getting your grains tender and how to add other ingredients in there too like beans.
We will talk about all kinds of rice, white is the most common though. Others take longer because of the husk on the outside, which provides more nutrition. No matter which you choose if the timing is right you’ll get an Instant Pot fluffy side dish that everyone will love. (affiliate links present)
How to Cook White Rice
What is the correct way to cook rice? We are here to explain how long to cook long grain white rice to begin with and then go on further to other options and combinations.
There are several different types when you say white though. Each has a different shape, size and price. Long grain being the cheapest while sushi rice is the most expensive (and best texture).
Let’s start with the big debate; should you rinse rice before you cook it? In many rice recipes this will be one of the steps, until the water runs clear they say. I don’t do this. Totally up to you and I get why it is done but I like sticky rice and I think not doing this does leave it a bit more stuck together which we like.
Instant Pot Rice Setting
It doesn’t matter what brand you are using either. The top 3 electric pots are IP, Ninja Foodi and Crockpot express. All have a rice function which is timed for long grain. There are many types of rice available, each with their own unique flavor, texture, and culinary uses. Here are some of the most common types of rice:
- When it comes to how long does rice take to cook, white is the most common. With the husk, bran, and germ removed. It is fluffy and versatile, and often used in dishes like stir fry, sushi, and fried rice.
- Brown is a whole grain rice that still has the bran and germ intact. It has a slightly nutty flavor and chewy texture, and is often used in salads, grain bowls, and as a side dish.
- Basmati is a long-grain rice with a distinct aroma and flavor. It is commonly used in Indian and Middle Eastern dishes, and is often served as a side dish or used in pilafs.
- Jasmine rice is a fragrant, long-grain rice with a soft, slightly sticky texture. It is often used in Thai and Southeast Asian cuisine, and pairs well with curries, stir-fries, and stews.
- Arborio rice is a short-grain rice that is high in starch and commonly used in risottos and rice puddings. It has a creamy, chewy texture when cooked and absorbs flavors well.
- Wild rice is not actually a rice, but rather a type of grass. It has a nutty flavor and chewy texture, and is often used in salads and side dishes.
- Sushi rice is a short-grain rice that is commonly used in sushi rolls. It is sticky and slightly sweet, and has a distinct vinegar flavor.
And then you can actually combine the two with this pot in dishes like Instant Pot black beans and rice. No soak required for this one, you can use canned.
Rice in Pressure Cooker How Much Water
I typically will cook 1.5 – 2 cups of rice uncooked + about double that for the rice to water ratio. For the cheapest long grain type this works well. For others there is typically a slight adjustment with the cups of water, but just a bit. From 1/4-1/2 cup more than double is traditionally better to get perfectly cooked rice that isn’t too dried out.
Another thing I will take into consideration is how long it will sit there. If you didn’t know already, once the cook time is up it will switch to warm. That is fine if you add just a tad more water and it sits for 15 minutes to 30 this way. If not it will start to really brown what is on the bottom of the pot and it’s no good.
To counteract that you would need to remember to unplug the machine, then it will stop cooking all together. There is nothing worse than dried out grains to me.
How Long to Cook Rice
I have all the information for you here. Click on the link you want for that specific variety and off you go. These are the plain varieties you would serve as a side or in a dish. I also have information on how to cook Instant Pot rice a roni as well which is a kid fave.
- Instant Pot white rice: 3 minutes on high pressure with a natural pressure release of 10 minutes.
- or just use the rice button and that cooks for 12 minutes total with a quick release when done.
- Brown rice in Instant Pot: 22 minutes on high pressure with a natural pressure release of 10 minutes.
- Basmati rice is the same as Jasmine below; 6 minutes on high pressure with a natural pressure release of 10 minutes.
- Instant Pot jasmine rice: 6 minutes on high pressure with a natural pressure release of 10 minutes.
- Arborio rice Instant Pot style: 6 minutes on high pressure with a natural pressure release of 10 minutes.
- Instant Pot black rice is an oldie but goodie not made very often nowadays but the most nutritious of them all.
- Pressure cooker wild rice: 30 minutes on high pressure with a natural pressure release of 20 minutes.
- Sushi rice: 4 minutes on high pressure with a natural pressure release of 10 minutes.
It’s important to note that the cooking time may vary depending on the specific model you are using and the altitude at which you are cooking. If you add another ingredient too it may take longer like with our lentils and rice recipe.
In higher mountain towns it seems to take a bit longer. Be sure to consult your specific manual or the specific recipe you are using for the recommended cooking time and pressure release method.
Instant Pot Jasmine Rice 2 Cups
I will explain this one specifically below because it is what we cook most often at home for dinner. A middle of the road when it comes to cost version, great texture and flavor I will say it’s top of the list.
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How to Cook Rice in Instant Pot
- 2 c jasmine rice
- 2 1/4 c water broth or half and half
- If you choose to rinse rice first do so now and pour into pot. If not just pour in as is. Pour in water and swish around in your pot. Set inside IP and close lid and steam valve shut.
- Set pot to high pressure for 6 minutes, when timing is done allow to naturally release steam for 10 minutes. Then release rest of steam, lift lid and fluff with a fork.