How to Cook Brown Rice in an instant pot

Brown rice, with its nutty flavor and hearty texture, is a wholesome and nutritious staple in many households. Cooking it to perfection can be challenging, but the Instant Pot is here to simplify the process and make it more efficient. This blog post will walk you through the steps to achieve perfectly cooked brown rice in your Instant Pot, ensuring it’s fluffy, flavorful, and ready to elevate your meals.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Brown rice
  • Water or broth
  • A pinch of salt (optional)
  • Instant Pot with lid

Gather Your Brown Rice

Before diving into the cooking process, measuring your ingredients correctly is essential. Brown rice is typically cooked using a 1:2 ratio, meaning you’ll need two cups of water or broth for every cup of brown rice. Depending on your preferences, you can adjust this ratio slightly, but 1:2 is a good starting point.

Rinse the Brown Rice (Optional)

Rinsing brown rice is an optional but beneficial step. It helps remove excess starch and can lead to fluffier rice. Place brown rice in a fine-mesh strainer to rinse it and run cold water over it until it clears. Drain thoroughly before proceeding.

Add Brown Rice and Liquid to the Instant Pot

Now that your brown rice is prepped, it’s time to add it to your Instant Pot. Use the appropriate measuring cup for rice and level it off for precise measurements. Then, add the measured liquid (water or broth) to the Instant Pot. If you’d like, add a pinch of salt for seasoning.

Customize the Cooking Time

Unlike white rice, brown rice requires a longer cooking time due to its tougher bran layer. For perfectly cooked brown rice in the Instant Pot, follow these guidelines:

  • Use a 1:2 ratio of rice to water/broth for regular brown rice.
  • Use a 1:1.75 ratio (slightly less liquid) for a firmer texture.
  • For a softer texture, use a 1:2.25 ratio (slightly more liquid).

Set Up Your Instant Pot

Place the lid on your Instant Pot and ensure it’s correctly sealed. Now, it’s time to set the cooking time and pressure level:

  • Select the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” setting, depending on your Instant Pot model.
  • Set the cooking time for brown rice:
    • For regular brown rice, set it to 22-25 minutes.
    • For a firmer texture, set it to 20-22 minutes.
    • For a softer texture, set it to 25-27 minutes.
  • Ensure the pressure is set to “High.”

Start the Cooking Process

Press the “Start” button on your Instant Pot, and the cooking process will begin. It will take some time for the Instant Pot to come under pressure before the cooking starts.

Natural Release or Quick Release

After the cooking time is complete, you have two options for releasing pressure:

  • Natural Release: Allow the Instant Pot to depressurize naturally. This means you do nothing. This method is ideal for brown rice as it absorbs any remaining moisture, resulting in perfectly cooked grains.
  • Quick Release: If you’re in a hurry, you can use the quick-release valve to release pressure immediately. However, this may result in slightly stickier rice.

Fluff and Serve

Once the pressure is released, carefully open the Instant Pot’s lid. Use a fork or rice paddle to fluff the brown rice gently, separating the grains for a light and fluffy texture. This step helps prevent clumping and ensures a delightful mouth feel.

Enjoy Perfectly Cooked Brown Rice

Your Instant Pot has done the heavy lifting for you, and now you have a batch of perfectly cooked brown rice ready to enhance your meals. Whether you’re using it as a side dish, in a stir-fry, or as a base for a grain bowl, you can savor the satisfaction of homemade brown rice with minimal effort.


Cooking brown rice to perfection can be challenging, but with your Instant Pot, it’s a breeze. By understanding the right ratios, cooking times, and pressure settings, you can consistently achieve fluffy, flavorful brown rice that complements a variety of dishes. Say goodbye to undercooked or overcooked brown rice and hello to a nutritious and delicious staple that can elevate your home-cooked meals. This newfound skill allows you to make wholesome and satisfying brown rice dishes whenever possible.

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