InstantPot Rice 101

Learn how to cook the perfect rice in your InstantPot in 6 easy steps.

My InstantPot is quickly becoming my favorite kitchen appliance.  There is just so many ways to use the InstantPot from cooking Rice to serve as a side dish, hard-boiling eggs, or to cooking the main course.  It’s a pretty handy little appliance.

Rice is a staple in our house, and we have it about 2-3 times a week.  Sometimes it’s white rice, sometimes it’s brown rice, and sometimes it’s quinoa.  There are so many different varieties of rice out there, and cooking it in the InstantPot takes the mess off of the stove, and it’s ready in almost no time.

Cooking rice in the InstantPot is simple, and is ready in 6 easy steps.  Most varieties use a 1 part rice to 1 part water ratio, so you can make as much or as little as you want.  The chart below explains exactly the rice to water ratio, how long it needs to cook for, and how to release the pressure.

Did you know that you can even make Risotto in the InstantPot?  It only requires a couple minutes of stirring, and is absolutely delicious. To make risotto, mince 1 shallot and 1 tbsp garlic per cup of rice and set InstantPot to sauté mode, and add 2 tbsp butter.  Cook shallot and garlic for 3 minutes, and then add rice to pot.  Stir, and cook rice 2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Add chicken stock and stir.  Lock lid and seal valve.  Cook 5 minutes on high pressure.  Quick release and stir in 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese per cup of rice.

I made 8 different types of rice when testing these recipes; long grain white rice, short grain white rice, long grain brown rice, short grain brown rice, quinoa, orzo, couscous, and wild rice.  I guess it’s not technically all rice, but definitely staple grains in our home.

How To Make InstantPot Rice:

  1. Measure rice into a fine mesh strainer, and rinse under cold water.
  2. Add rice, water, olive oil and salt to Instant Pot and stir to combine.  At this point you can add any spices or flavors that you want to the rice.
  3. Lock lid and set steam valve to seal.
  4. Cook according to the chart below.
  5. Allow rice to naturally release for 10 minutes, unless otherwise noted.  Release any remaining pressure.
  6. Fluff rice with a fork and serve with or use in your favorite recipes.

White Rice

Brown Rice

Wild Rice

Quinoa

Couscous

Orzo

Rice to Water Ratio:
1:1

Rice to Water Ratio:
1:1.25

Rice to Water Ratio:
1:1.25

Rice to Water Ratio:
1:1

Rice to Water Ratio:
1:2

Rice to Water Ratio:
1:2

Cooking Time:
3 Minutes on High Pressure

Cooking Time:
22 Minutes on High Pressure

Cooking Time:
22 Minutes on High Pressure

Cooking Time:
1 Minutes on High Pressure

Cooking Time:
2 Minutes on High Pressure

Cooking Time:
1 Minute on High Pressure

10 Minute Natural Release

10 Minute Natural Release

10 Minute Natural Release

10 Minute Natural Release

5 Minute Natural Release

5 Minute Natural Release

F.A.Q

Why is my rice still hard and undercooked?

There are a couple different reasons as to why your rice might not quite be cooked how you’d like.

  1. The valve isn’t sealed properly.  Be sure the valve is set to seal.  If it’s not, the water will evaporate, the rice will stick to the bottom of the pot and become hard and crunchy.
  2. The lid isn’t sealed properly.  If the lid isn’t sealed properly, the pressure in the InstantPot cannot build up properly, leaving you with undercooked rice.
  3. InstantPot is set to wrong setting.  Double check that the InstantPot is set on Manual HIGH.  A lower pressure setting will not cook the rice properly.

Do I really need to rinse the rice?

Yes.  Rinsing rice before cooking removes excess starch and prevents the rice from sticking.  Rinse rice in a fine mesh strainer until the water runs clear. This extra minute of prep time makes a huge difference, giving you light and fluffy rice.

What happens if I release the pressure too early?

Be patient and wait for the InstantPot to naturally release the pressure.  If pressure is released too early, the rice will be undercooked.

Click the links below for the printable recipes:

InstantPot White Rice

InstantPot Brown Rice

InstantPot Wild Rice

InstantPot Quinoa

InstantPot Couscous

InstantPot Orzo

 

 

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