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Making fluffy, perfect white rice in the Instant Pot is easy, delicious, and foolproof with this simple method!

Instant Pot Rice

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 Brown Rice, Black Beans and Rice, and Latin Yellow Rice. And if you prefer brown rice, check out my tips for making it.

white rice in the instant pot

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!

  1. Rinse rice in a mesh sieve under cold water and drain well.
  2. Ingredients: Add the rice, water, oil, and salt to the pressure cooker and stir.
  3. 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
    instructed time.)
  4. 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:

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 3 months.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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Instant Pot Rice

5 from 6 votes
6
Cals:179
Protein:3.5
Carbs:37
Fat:1.5
Making fluffy, perfect white rice in the Instant Pot is easy, delicious, and foolproof with this simple method!
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Latin
Instant Pot Rice
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 18 minutes
Total: 28 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
Serving Size: 3 /4 cup

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 cups long grain white rice , or jasmine rice, rinsed (13 oz dry)
  • 2 1/3 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil , or oil of choice
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, use less if using table salt or sea salt

Instructions

  • 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.

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Nutrition

Serving: 3 /4 cup, Calories: 179 kcal, Carbohydrates: 37 g, Protein: 3.5 g, Fat: 1.5 g, Saturated Fat: 0.5 g, Sodium: 282.5 mg, Fiber: 0.5 g, Sugar: 0.5 g

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22 comments on “Instant Pot Rice”

  1. Every rice package in the US says on the label: Do not wash the rice. When you do so, you are washing away the vitamins and left with just starch.

    However, if you are getting your rice in a burlap bag directly off a tacky ship from an unknown place in Asia, yes, you may want to wash out the dirt etc. But most American rice comes from the Southern states and California, and needs no washing. Read the label.

  2. Works like a charm. Had basmati rice, will be a go to recipe. I do like making a bigger quantity and if needed freezing for later.

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    Maryanne Donahoe

    As a rice enthusiast this was great! Perfectly cooked rice. After fluffing with fork I added a handful of chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice….delish!!!

  4. Is the rice/water ratio correct in this recipe? It calls for 2 cups of rice and 2 1/3 cups of water. Wouldn’t the water be doubled as you are using 2 cups of rice?

  5. Gina, your post says that 2 1/3 cups water to 1 cup uncooked rice yields the best results, but your actual recipe is for 2 cups uncooked rice and still only 2 1/3 cups water. Shouldn’t the water be doubled to 4 2/3 cups?

  6. Thank you for this recipe. I’ll be trying this this weekend. Could you clarify the amount of rice to be used? The recipe is listing 2 cups rice to 2-1/3 cups water ratio. Should it be 1 cup rice to the 2-1/3 cups water? Thanks much!

    1. 2 cups rice, 2 1/3 cup liquid is correct for the pressure cooker, the pressure cooker is different than the stove.

  7. I can’t wait to try this… need to make a big batch – 24 servings – so hopefully will work good for my group! So perfect timing! Thank you Gina!