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Fluffy Instant Pot White Rice

This is how to make the perfect Instant Pot white rice in your pressure cooker. How long to cook it, what liquid to use, and tips on serving the best tasting rice are here. Whether you are a beginner or use your Instant Pot daily this basic recipe will become your go to for dinnertime.

Instant Pot White Rice

Ok so I have been busy creating a ton of easy Instant Pot recipes since I got mine Christmas of 2016. I neglected to share the most basic one, Instant Pot white rice. (originally published 1/18, affiliate links present)

Instant Pot Rice

We make rice several times a week. You can use an IP or a Ninja Foodi too.

Maybe because I’m from Hawaii and it’s something we ate every day there, or what but I can’t get enough of it.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

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I guess you just assume it is easy but I remember the first time making it I had to adjust the amount of liquid a bit.

What we use for liquid to achieve what we consider to be the best recipe for rice in the pressure cooker is a bit different too.

  • We eat this a lot, like probably every other day. I grew up in Hawaii and that was just a staple so I guess I assumed it was for everyone else.

For those in the midwest I’ve heard their go to is potatoes with just about everything. Ours is white rice.

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I’ve had a rice cooker ever since I was a kid. I watched my mom cook it night after night this way or on the stove top.

  • In that machine it was always a 2:1 ratio of water to rice (it isn’t the same for the IP).
  • She always just used water and I never thought twice about it as a kid.

When I got married the first thing I put on my wedding registry was a rice cooker…a big one. That is how engrained white rice is in my life. lol.

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At first it was a learning curve for sure and I made rice several times before I figured out the perfect rice recipe, then I wrote this post on how to use an Instant Pot to help everyone else out too!

Why I love pressure cooker rice

  • It’s inexpensive to make
  • Everyone in my family enjoys it
  • It’s a healthy side dish (if you aren’t watching your carb intake)
  • White rice really goes with every protein

Is Instant Pot good for cooking rice?

There’s no better way!

It’s quick and turns out perfect every single time.

When I had a family and started cooking rice night after night I never thought differently, but once I got my Instant Pot it didn’t turn out quite the same.

I made different versions of Instant Pot white rice in order to figure out the exact ratio of liquid to rice I needed. This was it!

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We make 2 cups of uncooked rice for the 5 of us, you could cut this recipe in half if you needed to.

I got tired of swapping liners, or cooking my rice, emptying the pot, and then cooking my main dish in my Instant Pot so last month I broke down and bought this Instant Pot mini 3 qt. and now I can have the entire dinner done and on the table in under 30 minutes flat…I love it….so worth it!

Rice in Instant Pot

Time needed: 12 minutes.

Instant Pot Rice

  1. Rinse

    Put the rice in a strainer and rinse it under some running water Jasmine is our favorite kind of rice

  2. Add ingredients

    Add rice into your Instant Pot or pressure cooker. Use a little more than a 1:1 rice to water ratio when making white rice in your pot.

    We prefer to use a combo of water and a can of chicken broth + uncooked white rice. 2 c. uncooked rice + 2 1/2 cup of water seems like the perfect ratio for us to make the perfect Instant Pot rice.

  3. Cook

    Use the rice setting or button (should automatically set the time to 12 minutes) & close steam valve. Allow to naturally release steam for 2 minutes, then quick release.
    Fluff and enjoy immediately for best results

I have a recipe for how to make the perfect quinoa in your Instant Pot here too!

instant pot white rice

Like I said I make my rice now in my Instant Pot mini while my main dish is being cooked in my 6 qt. Instant Pot. I use my Instant Pot almost every night and make something new to add to The Typical Mom every single week.

White rice in Instant Pot

If you’re looking to make Instant Pot brown rice, follow these instructions

  1. Rinse your rice, we still cook 2 cups at a time
  2. Dump rice into your Instant Pot
  3. Add 2.5 c. of water with your 2 cups of uncooked brown rice
  4. Set to high pressure for 20 minutes
  5. Allow to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes
  6. Release rest of pressure
  7. Fluff and serve

** Note – cook times differ depending on how you like the texture of your rice and your altitude, this timing works well for our tastes. 

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Instant Pot white rice goes with Instant Pot recipes

After you make your perfect Instant Pot rice a few times you might want to try some other side dishes

  1. Instant Pot cheesy bacon ranch potatoes
  2. Pressure cooker baked potatoes
  3. Our green chile rice is amazing
  4. You’ll love these Instant Pot potatoes with Italian seasoning
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  • I always recommend spraying the inside of your pot with non stick spray. Or put a bit of olive oil on a paper towel and rub the inside so it doesn’t stick.
  • Better yet purchase a non stick pot if your pot didn’t already come with one. They’re life savers!!

There may be slight variations of the amounts of water you use but 2 cups rice to 2 1/2 cups water works for us every time.

My mom on the other hand who lives at a higher altitude says she needs to use close to 3 cups of water to get the same result we have. So…the first time you can decide if you need a tad more liquid or not and then enjoy!

Here is a recipe for Instant Pot Spanish rice and Instant Pot mushroom rice too!

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How many cups of rice can you cook in an Instant Pot?

  • It depends on how large your pot is.
  • Rule of thumb is to follow the ratio below and do NOT go above the max fill line inside your pot.

Looking to make Ninja Foodi rice?

You can cook this in any brand of electric pressure cooker like we did when we made this Ninja Foodi white rice. The directions for that particular pot are different though so follow these directions.

Perfectly cooked rice

Want to try our Instant Pot brown rice recipe too? It’s just as fluffy but has fiber that’s great for you.

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Instant Pot White Rice

This is how to make the perfect Instant Pot white rice in your pressure cooker. How long to cook it, what liquid to use, and tips on serving the best tasting rice are here. Whether you are a beginner or use your Instant Pot daily this basic recipe will become your go to for dinnertime.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Chinese, Japanese
Keyword instant pot, pressure cooker, red beans and rice, white
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 225kcal
Author The Typical Mom


  • 2 c white rice not instant rice, we prefer Jasmine rice, rinsed
  • 2 1/2 c liquid you can use water or half chicken/beef broth half water, may need to increase to 2 3/4 c. for higher elevations


  • Use a strainer and rinse your rice.
  • Pour rinsed white rice into your Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
  • Pour water or broth on top of your rice.
  • Close lid and steam valve, push rice button and wait until it beeps when done.
  • Allow steam to naturally release for 2 minutes, then do a quick release and fluff rice with a fork
  • Best when served and eaten immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot White Rice
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 225 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 222mg10%
Potassium 71mg2%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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