Making fluffy, perfect white rice in the Instant Pot is easy, delicious, and foolproof with this simple method!
Instant Pot Rice
Rice is such an essential food in Latin and Asian cultures. It’s one of my favorite foods, and I eat it almost every day. I make it so often that I could make it in my sleep. I tested the best cooking method and perfected the rice-to-liquid ratio in the Instant Pot. After a few rounds, I had fluffy Instant Pot white rice. More easy rice recipes you may like are this Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice, Black Beans and Rice, and Latin Yellow Rice. And if you prefer brown rice, check out my tips for making it.
Why You’ll Love this Pressure Cooker Rice Recipe
- Fast! The Instant Pot, or Insta pot as some people like to call it is also called a multi-cooker or electric pressure cooker. This appliance can do the job of a rice cooker, a yogurt maker, a steamer, a pressure cooker, a saute pan and a slow cooker!
- Foolproof: If you struggle to make white rice, you will love this recipe.
- Make Ahead: This recipe makes enough for several servings making it perfect for meal prep.
Instant Pot Rice Ingredients
- Rice: Use long-grain white rice or jasmine rice.
- Liquid: Cook your rice in water or broth for more flavor.
- Oil: I typically use olive oil, but any kind of oil will work.
- Salt to season the rice
How do you cook white rice in the Instant Pot?
Here’s how to cook rice in the Instant Pot in just a few easy steps!
- Rinse rice in a mesh sieve under cold water and drain well.
- Ingredients: Add the rice, water, oil, and salt to the pressure cooker and stir.
- How long should you cook rice in an Instant Pot? Close the lid, turn the venting knob to sealing, and cook on high pressure for three minutes. When the timer beeps, use a natural pressure release for 15 minutes. (A “natural release” means you don’t touch the Instant Pot lid, and you let it sit for the
- Fluff Rice: After 15 minutes, do a quick pressure release by turning the knob to vent to release any remaining pressure. Open the lid and fluff the rice with a fork.
How much water do you put in an Instant Pot for rice?
The typical water-to-rice ratio is two cups of liquid to one cup of rice. I tested many ratios and found that 2 1/3 cups of water and two cups of rice resulted in the best white rice.
How many servings is one cup of uncooked rice?
One cup of uncooked rice equals approximately three cups of cooked rice, and one serving is about three-quarters cup. So, one cup of uncooked rice is about 3 to 4 servings depending on if you’re eating it as a side dish or as a main, like in fried rice. This long-grain rice recipe uses 2 cups of uncooked rice, which yields about 8 servings.
What to Eat with Rice
I have so many healthy rice recipes on my website for inspiration on how to eat Instant Pot white rice. Below are some ideas:
- Rice Bowls: Honey-Sriracha Roasted Salmon Rice Bowls, Buffalo Chicken Rice Bowls, Greek Chicken Meal Prep Rice Bowls
- Side Dish with Protein: Parmesan-Herb Baked Salmon, BBQ Chicken, Air Fryer Pork Chops, Cilantro Lime Shrimp
- Fried Rice: Cajun Fried Rice, Salmon Fried Rice, House Special Fried Rice
- With Stir Fries: Pepper Steak, Tofu Stir Fry with Soy Sesame Sauce, Chicken Zucchini Stir Fry
- Poke: Ahi Tuna Poke Stacks, Spicy Tuna Poke Bowl
How to Meal Prep Rice
Cooked rice lasts for up to four days in the refrigerator, making it excellent for meal prep. Make a big batch on the weekend, and plan to use it for the next few days. White rice is versatile, so you eat it as a side, grain bowl, and fried rice in one week and not get tired of eating the same thing every night.
Is it OK to freeze cooked rice?
Yes, you can freeze cooked rice for up to three months. Cool it first by spreading the rice on a sheet pan in an even layer. Once it’s at room temperature, you can:
- Store it in one-cup containers, so you can pull them out of the freezer as needed for quick meals, or
- You can also freeze rice in quart zip-locked bags. Ensure there’s no air in the bag, and press the rice flat before freezing, so it doesn’t take up much space.
To reheat, microwave the frozen rice covered for about three minutes or heat it on the stove if you’re adding it to soups, stir fries, etc.
More Instant Pot Recipes You’ll Love
- Instant Pot Quinoa
- Instant Pot Braised Beef
- Lentil Curry
- Ropa Vieja
- Instant Pot Risotto with Prosciutto, Peas, and Herbs
Instant Pot Rice
- Rinse Rice: Rinse rice under cold water in a mesh sieve and drain really well.
- Instant Pot Rice: Add the rice, water, oil and salt to the pressure cooker pot and stir.
- Close the lid, turn the venting knob to sealing and cook it on high pressure 3 minutes. When timer beeps, let it sit 15 minutes.
- Fluff rice: After 15 minutes, do a quick pressure release, open the lid and fluff the rice with a fork.