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Fluffy Ninja Foodi Rice

Ninja Foodi rice both brown and white is easy to make! Here are tips on how to make the best pressure cooker rice so it’s done fluffy every single time. 

ninja foodi rice

Making Ninja Foodi rice is simple really. But if you’re new to making any Ninja Foodi recipes then this will be quite helpful. We make brown and white rice several times a week. Whether we’re serving it plain with butter on top for a snack or with chicken or beef served on top it’s a cheap dish we love.

Rice in Ninja Foodi

It is a versatile side dish, naturally gluten free, and Ninja Foodi brown rice has fiber in it which we all need. I will share both of these and instructions for them below. The recipe card below is for white long grain rice. I like Jasmine as well and will work for that as well.

If you don’t make this on a weekly basis we may not be able to be friends. 😉 Just kidding, it is just on our meal planning often because it was something my mom cooked with dinner almost every single night growing up.

If you too are obsessed with your Ninja Foodi pressure cooker air fryer machine, here are a few resource to start with:

  1. You can bookmark our Ninja air fryer recipes page, we add to that weekly.
    1. Here’s a printable air fryer cook times chart here for your fridge.
    2. Be sure to save this link to the best pressure cooker recipes too.
  2. Grab a Foodi cookbook here, we love this one.

Then join our Ninja Facebook group where you can share and find more ideas you’ll love. We have an air fryer page that shares daily ideas too.

ninja foodi

If you need to know how to cook frozen meat in a pressure cooker, we have information on that. NO, you aren’t the only forgetful one. 😉

Ninja Foodi brown Rice

Since this time we have perfected pressure cooker brown rice and Ninja Foodi wild rice too. I don’t make this quite as often as white is our favorite. I like to offer all 3 versions though for you since it is nice to rotate between them throughout the week. With fish I might choose the wild variety for texture.

Plain with just a pat of butter on it would be my youngest daughter’s favorite after school snack. She makes it all by herself now that she is a teenager. Follow our directions and it will come out great every time. I will say it is more tender and fluffy than I’ve ever had it at a restaurant.

ninja foodi brown rice

I will admit that we make white rice in the pressure cooker 90% of the time. My kids prefer that, and I kinda’ do too.

I am however trying to eat healthier and brown rice is on my radar to integrate into my diet more often.

  • Using the timing below to make Ninja Foodi rice will ensure that you’ll have fluffy white or brown rice every single time!
pressure cooker rice

Tips for making the perfect pressure cooker rice

  1. After combining your rice and water stir them together
  2. Keep track of timing when it is done
    1. Do a 10 minute natural release for white rice
    2. Allow brown rice to naturally release steam for 5 minutes, then release the rest immediately after that
    3. Fluff when done
    4. Turn pot off when done. I even transfer it to a serving bowl so it doesn’t continue to cook in the pot.

Serve immediately for best results.

ninja foodi white rice

Ninja Foodi White Rice

What you need to make rice in your Ninja Foodi pressure cooker and air fryer

We also have a recipe to make Ninja Foodi risotto too if you’d like to try that.

instant pot risotto

Things to serve over rice

  1. Our Ninja Foodi roast recipe was served with white rice
    1. Or Ninja Foodi sausage
  2. Pressure cooker beef and broccoli is on top a bed of rice
  3. This mild chili recipe.
  4. Our pressure cooker spicy honey chicken is amazing too

We put pressure cooker chili on top all of the time too.

best pressure cooker chili

Find more Ninja Foodi recipes here too!

This is the best rice recipe for pressure cookers. You won’t be disappointed.

Note: higher altitudes may require more water to get the same results.

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Ninja Foodi Rice

Ninja Foodi rice both brown and white is easy to make! Here are tips on how to make the best pressure cooker rice so it’s done fluffy every single time. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese, Japanese
Keyword brown rice, ninja foodi, pressure cooker, rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 337kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Add 2 cups of brown or white rice into your Ninja Foodi.
  • If making white rice add 2 1/2 cups water. If making brown rice add 2 1/4 cups water. (amount of water will vary depending on how wet or dry you like it)
  • Put pressure cooker lid on (one that isn’t attached) and put steam valve to sealing.
  • Turn pot on, press pressure, leave on High setting, and adjust timing to 2 minutes for white rice or 15 minutes for brown rice.
  • If making white rice do a natural release for 10 minutes, then quick release when done.
    If making brown rice allow it to naturally release pressure for 5 minutes, then release rest of pressure.
  • Fluff and serve!
Nutrition Facts
Ninja Foodi Rice
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 337
% Daily Value*
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 106mg3%
Carbohydrates 73g24%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 6g12%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Monday 31st of July 2023

I realized after reading more comments below that regular long grain rice is the preferred rice for a Ninja/rice cooker. We have several boxes of Minute Rice on hand, so I had been using that and it didn't cook up correctly with the regular rice instructions. I decided to add additional water and add a minute to the cook time and my rice turned out perfectly the way I like it, so here is my version below to use with instant/minute rice.

If you are a fan of Asian sticky rice you can make a wonderful version in the Ninja Foodi. I took 2 cups of Minute Rice (5 minute) added 2-3/4 cups of water, added 2 teaspoons of butter and some salt (I never measure but it's probably somewhere between 1/16 & 1/8 teaspoon). I set pressure for 3 minutes, did a 10-minute natural pressure release, and 2 minute manual release and it was perfect! If you prefer sushi rice you would add a small pinch of sugar to the above ingredients.


Monday 31st of July 2023

Just got a Ninja Foodi 14-in-1. White rice according to your recipe was the first thing I attempted to cook. For some reason the rice came out dry and a tad bit crunchy. I was able to remedy that by adding water to it and zapping it in the microwave for 3 minutes. I used exactly 2 cups of rice and exactly 2.5 cups of water, and followed the timing instructions to a T. Maybe I need to add additional water next time and increase the cook time by 1 minute? Also I noticed your recipe calls for no rice or butter, but the rice comes out completely bland and adding butter after the fact doesn't add the right amount of salt to it. Next time I'll try adding in salt and butter while I'm cooking and see if that helps.

The Typical Mom

Monday 31st of July 2023

The only difference that may be your case is that altitude will make it a bit more dry and need a tad more water. Other than that tenderness is subjective so if you personally think it is too dry then by all means add 1/4 cup more water at the beginning. I add butter when done but I suppose you could add a pat into the pot, wouldnt hurt or alter anything if you did.


Monday 12th of December 2022

Can you please tell me the amount of water and cook time for 300g of Basmati Rice in the Ninja Foodi


Saturday 7th of January 2023

@Kim, 300grams of water or equivalent in ml just add a cup to a cup is the easiest method


Saturday 22nd of October 2022

The brown rice turned out great!Thank you!

The Typical Mom

Saturday 22nd of October 2022

Oh good!

Me, yes me.

Sunday 11th of September 2022

Ahhhgggggg!!!! All the adverts on this page do my nut in. And please just get to the bloomin point. Otherwise great.

The Typical Mom

Sunday 11th of September 2022

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