how to cook rice in a instant pot

Cooking Rice in an Instant Pot is a quick and convenient way to achieve perfectly cooked, fluffy Rice every time. The Instant Pot, a versatile electric pressure cooker, takes the guesswork out of cooking Rice and quickly prepares various rice varieties. In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the process of cooking Rice in an Instant Pot, whether you’re making plain white Rice, brown Rice, or any other type of Rice.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of Rice (long-grain, jasmine, basmati, or brown Rice)
  • 1.25 cups of water (for white Rice) or 1.5 cups of water (for brown Rice)
  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil (optional)
  • Salt to taste

Equipment

  • Instant Pot (electric pressure cooker)
  • Measuring cup
  • Rice paddle or fork
  • Trivet (optional)

Instructions

Measure the Rice

Start by measuring 1 cup of Rice. You can use any variety of Rice you prefer, such as long-grain, jasmine, basmati, or brown Rice. Rinse the Rice under cold water in a fine-mesh strainer to remove excess starch. Rinsing is optional but can help prevent the Rice from becoming too sticky.

Set Up the Instant Pot

Place the Instant Pot near an electrical outlet on a clean, flat surface. Ensure the Instant Pot’s sealing ring is properly in place, and the steam release valve is in the “Sealing” position.

Saute (Optional)

To add flavor and aroma to your Rice, you can use the Instant Pot’s “Saute” function. Add a tablespoon of cooking oil (vegetable oil or ghee) to the Instant Pot’s inner pot. Press the “Saute” button and adjust the heat level to “Normal.”

Add the rinsed and drained Rice to the pot once the oil is hot. Stir the Rice for 1-2 minutes until it becomes lightly toasted. This step is optional but can enhance the flavor of the Rice.

Add Water and Salt

Pour 1.25 cups of water into the Instant Pot for white Rice or 1.5 cups for brown Rice. You can adjust the amount of water slightly depending on your desired rice texture—less water for firmer Rice and more water for softer Rice.

Add salt to taste. Typically, 1/2 teaspoon of salt is a good starting point for 1 cup of Rice, but you can adjust it according to your preference.

Pressure Cook

Close the Instant Pot’s lid, ensuring the sealing ring is seated correctly and the steam release valve is in the “Sealing” position.

Select the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” function on your Instant Pot. Adjust the cooking time by using the “+” and “-” buttons. Here are the cooking times for common rice varieties:

White Rice:** Set the cooking time to 3 minutes.

Brown Rice:** Set the cooking time to 22-25 minutes.

The Instant Pot will take some time to come to pressure before it starts cooking. Once it reaches pressure, the countdown timer will begin.

Natural Release or Quick Release

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

Natural Release: Allow the Instant Pot to release the pressure for 10 minutes naturally. To do this, leave the Instant Pot untouched after the cooking cycle ends. After 10 minutes, carefully turn the steam release valve to the “Venting” position to release any remaining pressure.
Quick Release: If you’re in a hurry, you can perform a quick release. Use a long spoon or oven mitt to carefully turn the steam release valve to the “Venting” position. Be cautious of the hot steam escaping.

Fluff and Serve

Carefully open the Instant Pot’s lid once the pressure has been fully released.

Use a rice paddle or fork to fluff the Rice, gently separating the grains. Fluffing the Rice helps it become light and fluffy.

Serve

Your perfectly cooked Rice is ready to serve as a side dish or base for your favorite entrees. Enjoy!

Tips

To create flavorful rice dishes, you can add seasonings and ingredients to the Rice before cooking, such as herbs, spices, or diced vegetables.

To prevent the Rice from sticking to the bottom of the Instant Pot, you can use the “Saute” function to lightly sauté the Rice with oil before adding water.

If you have a trivet or steamer basket, you can use it to cook Rice above other dishes or ingredients, allowing for a complete meal in one go.

Conclusion

Cooking Rice in an Instant Pot is a hassle-free and reliable method that consistently delivers excellent results. Whether you’re a novice cook or an experienced chef, the Instant Pot simplifies the rice-cooking process and ensures that you have perfectly cooked Rice for your meals. Experiment with different rice varieties and seasonings to create delightful dishes that suit your preferences. Enjoy your homemade Instant Pot rice!

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