Instant Pot Rice {Easy, Foolproof Recipe!} - Kristine's Kitchen (2024)

See my guide on how to use an Instant Pot.

Instant Pot rice is a hands-off way to cook fluffy white rice. This foolproof rice recipe helps to make dinner prep easy!

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With this Instant Pot rice recipe, you can make the best rice with the least effort!

You’re going to love cooking rice in your Instant Pot. It’s fluffy, foolproof, and the perfect side dish for so many meals, including Beef Stir Fry, Baked Salmon and Pork Tenderloin.

Cooking rice in the Instant Pot is completely hands-off. Once you start the rice cooking, you don’t have to think about it again until you’re ready to serve your rice. There’s no watching a pot on the stove or worry of a pot bubbling over.

You can use this method to cook any long grain white rice. I most often make Instant Pot jasmine rice or basmati rice. If you want to cook brown rice, see my Instant Pot Brown Rice recipe.

This Instant Pot Rice

  • takes just a few minutes of active prep time.
  • turns out perfectly cooked and fluffy, every time.
  • is so versatile, perfect for serving with stir fries or using in your favorite rice recipes, like Fried Rice.

It came out nice and fluffy. Excellent recipe!!

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Rice to Water Ratio

The rice to water ratio for Instant Pot rice is 1 to 1. This means that for every cup of rice you need one cup of water. Measure carefully, and use the same measuring cup for both the water and the rice so that your measurement is precise. This way, your rice will turn out perfect every time.

Why do you need less liquid when pressure cooking rice, compared to cooking rice on the stove? This is because you lose less liquid to evaporation when you use a pressure cooker.

For more flavorful rice you can cook the rice in chicken broth, vegetable broth or bone broth instead of water. I recommend using a low sodium broth to limit the amount of salt.

How to Make Instant Pot Rice

Here is an overview of the recipe steps. You’ll find the full printable recipe in the recipe card below. If you are new to Instant Pot cooking you can read my beginner’s guide on How to Use an Instant Pot.

Rinse the rice. Place the rice in a fine mesh strainer and rinse it under cold running water to remove excess starch. Drain the rice well and then put it in the Instant Pot.

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Add the water and stir to combine.

Pressure cook for 4 minutes at high pressure. Before setting the cook time, check that the steam release valve is in the sealing position. The pot must be sealed for the rice to cook properly.

Natural release. After the cook time ends, allow the pressure to release naturally for at least 15 minutes by just leaving the Instant Pot alone. Don’t skip the natural release – it’s essential for fluffy, perfectly cooked rice. It also helps to keep the rice from sticking to the bottom of the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Rice Setting

I prefer to cook rice using the manual pressure cook setting, not the rice setting. The Instant Pot rice setting is a preset program that cooks for about 12 minutes at low pressure. It can only be used for white rice. I’ve tested cooking white rice using the rice button, and prefer to use the 4 minutes at high pressure method instead. It’s faster and I find that the texture of the rice is better.

How Much Rice Can You Cook in an Instant Pot

The recipe below is for cooking 2 cups of dry rice, which will yield about 6 cups of cooked rice. You can scale the recipe down to cook 1 cup of dry rice. The water to rice ratio and cook time stay the same regardless of the amount of rice you are cooking.

You can cook more rice as long as you don’t exceed the maximum fill lines on your pot. Rice will expand as it cooks, so you have to account for this:

  • You can double this recipe to cook 4 cups of rice in a 6 quart Instant Pot, which will make about 12 cups of cooked rice.
  • If you have an 8 quart Instant Pot (and need a lot of rice), you can triple this recipe to cook 6 cups rice. This will make about 18 cups of cooked rice.
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How to Store Rice

  • Always cool and store cooked rice promptly for food safety. You can cool rice quickly by laying it out in a thin layer on a baking sheet. Refrigerate or freeze rice as soon as possible after cooking (within an hour).
  • To Refrigerate: Once it’s cooled, store cooked rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.
  • To Freeze: Cool completely and then store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1-2 months. After that, the rice can start to dry out.
  • To Reheat: Reheat rice in the microwave, on the stove top, or even in a dish in the oven, covered to trap in the heat and steam. If your rice has dried out you can add a bit of water when reheating.

More Easy Instant Pot Recipes

You may also enjoy these Instant Pot recipes:

  • Instant Pot Risotto
  • Instant Pot Mexican Rice
  • Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
  • Instant Pot Shredded Chicken
  • Instant Pot Chicken and Rice
  • Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

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Instant Pot Rice

Servings: 6 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes mins

Cook Time: 4 minutes mins

Inactive Time: 25 minutes mins

Total Time: 34 minutes mins

Instant Pot rice is a hands-off way to cook fluffy white rice. This easy pressure cooker rice recipe helps to make dinner prep easy!

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  • 2 cups long grain white rice, such as basmati or jasmine
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt, optional


  • Place rice in a fine mesh strainer and rinse under cold running water. Drain rice well and put it in the Instant Pot.

  • Add water to the pot, and salt, if desired. Stir. Make sure that all of the rice is in the water, not stuck to the sides of the pot.

  • Close the Instant Pot lid and move the steam release valve to the sealing position.

  • Use the Pressure Cook or Manual function to cook at high pressure for 4 minutes. The Instant Pot will take about 10 minutes to reach pressure and then the cook time will begin counting down.

  • When the cook time ends, allow the pressure to release naturally for at least 15 minutes by leaving the Instant Pot alone.

  • Carefully move the steam release valve to the venting position to quick release any remaining pressure. When the pin drops down, open the Instant Pot lid.

  • Fluff rice and serve.


  • You can substitute low sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth for the water. If using broth, omit the salt.
  • To cook only 1 cup of dry rice, use 1 cup of water. The cook time will be the same.
  • You can cook up to 4 cups of dry rice in a 6 quart Instant Pot. Use a 1:1 rice to water ratio and keep the cook time the same.

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 225kcal, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 201mg, Potassium: 71mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is an estimate.

Cuisine: Asian

Course: Side Dish

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Instant Pot Rice {Easy, Foolproof Recipe!} - Kristine's Kitchen (2024)


Instant Pot Rice {Easy, Foolproof Recipe!} - Kristine's Kitchen? ›

1:1 – While you generally use 1 cup rice to 1 ¼ cups water for stovetop rice, in the Instant Pot, that ratio drops down to 1:1, aka 1 cup of water for every one cup of rice.

What is the ratio of water to rice in an Instant Pot? ›

1:1 – While you generally use 1 cup rice to 1 ¼ cups water for stovetop rice, in the Instant Pot, that ratio drops down to 1:1, aka 1 cup of water for every one cup of rice.

Why is my rice always mushy in Instant Pot? ›

You might even receive a burn notice from your pressure cooker. Mushy Rice – When cooking long-grain white rice you want a 1:1 ratio. That means you should add a cup of water for every cup of rice. Too much water or liquid can cause mushy rice.

Should the vent be open when cooking rice in Instant Pot? ›

Rice can release starchy water as it cooks, and you don't want to risk that starch clogging the vent in the lid of your Instant Pot. Make sure you move the steam release valve to sealing. This is a common mistake, and will result in hard, under-cooked rice that will eventually stick to the bottom of your pot.

Why is my rice in Instant Pot too hard? ›

Why is the rice hard? If your Instant Pot rice is too hard or undercooked, you didn't cook it for long enough. Make sure you're using the right amount of cooking time followed by a natural pressure release.

How many cups of water for 2 cups of instant rice? ›

21 cup1 cup
42 cups2 cups
63 cups3 cups

How many minutes to cook rice in a pressure cooker? ›

Here are my preferred cooking times for rice in the pressure cooker: Brown rice: 20 minutes on high pressure for firm rice, or 22 minutes for softer grains. White rice: 15 minutes on low pressure for firm rice, or 17 minutes for softer grains.

Why is my instant rice hard? ›

If you don't add enough water, the rice ends up dry and crunchy.

What is the ratio of rice to water? ›

For tender grains of rice that easily separate, such as in a pilaf, use 2 cups of water for every 1 cup of rice. You can also use another liquid like stock in this 2:1 ratio. For slightly chewier, fluffy white rice, use 1 1/2 cups of water for every cup of rice, or a 1.5:1 ratio.

How to keep rice from getting mushy? ›

  1. rinse it first, if you have really starchy rice.
  2. don't stir it.
  3. Don't use too much water, this depends on the type of rice, but for white basmati I usually use 1.25/1.5 to 1 cup of rice.
  4. leave the rice covered for 15-20 mins off the heat to finish cooking, this is the most important thing in not getting mushy rice.
Jan 29, 2016

How much rice does one cup make? ›

As a general rule, 1 cup of uncooked rice will equal about 3 cups of cooked rice. Leftover rice can be used later in the week to make fried rice or chicken rice casserole.

Do you open the steam vent on a rice cooker? ›

After each use, pull the steam vent out of the rice cooker cover.

How many cups of rice per person? ›

A standard serving size for rice ranges between 1/2 cup and 1 cup per person. The precise amount may vary depending on the rice type being cooked, but generally, 1/2 cup to 1 cup of cooked rice per serving is appropriate.

Do Instapots cook rice well? ›

Nothing against the stovetop or the rice cooker, of course, but the convenience and reliable results of this Instant Pot rice recipe just can't be beat. It's super quick and easy, and the rice comes out tender, fluffy, and flavorful every time.

How do you make rice less hard in a rice cooker? ›

After cooking for the recommended period of time, if the rice is still hard or chewy, add a little bit of water to create more steam (for every cup of uncooked rice used, add about 2 tablespoons of water).

Is instant rice 1 to 1 ratio? ›

Simple Water to Rice Ratio

The first thing you need to know when it comes to cooking ANY of our Instant varieties is that you will use equal amounts of water and rice, for a 1:1 ratio. It's as simple as that!

What ratio is rice to water in a rice cooker? ›

Our general rec for long-grain white rice is a ratio of 1:1 so for 2 cups of rice, add 2 cups of water. Following our ratio for brown rice (1:2 1/4), you would start with 2 cups of brown rice then add 4 ½ cups of water.

How much does 1 cup dry instant rice make? ›

Serving Size Of Uncooked To Chilled Rice
Sort of Rice (1 cup Uncooked)Cooked
Instant white rice2 cups
Sticky rice3 cups
Basmati rice3 cups
Jasmine rice3 cups
5 more rows
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