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How to Cook Perfect Instant Pot Rice (Pressure Cooker Rice)

Learn How to Make Rice in the Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker Rice) with these easy step-by-step instructions and foolproof recipe. Ready in just 20 minutes!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Natural release10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 113kcal



  • 1 cup white rice Jasmine or basmati
  • 1 cup water
  • pinch of salt (optional)


  • Place the rice in a large bowl filled with cold water. Swish around the grains using one hand then drain the cloudy water through a fine-mesh strainer. Repeat this process of filling, swishing, and straining until the water turns clear (it will take at least 3-4 changes).
  • Place the rice and cold water in the bowl of a large Instant Pot. Add a pinch of salt, if desired.
  • Secure the lid and place the steam release valve in the SEALING position.
  • Select "Manual" or "Pressure Cooker" mode and cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 3 minutes. After the timer is complete, release pressure naturally for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, manually switch the valve to "venting" - be careful! Use an oven mitt or kitchen towel to cover your hand as the steam is HOT!
  • Remove lid and season with additional salt or seasoning, to taste. Fluff with a fork and serve warm.


Serving Size: 1/2 cup cooked rice
To store leftover rice, first allow your rice to cool completely. Then transfer to an airtight container with a tight-fitting lid. Keep stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
All rice is naturally vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.
Replace the water with low-sodium chicken stock, chicken broth, or bone broth for additional flavor.
Optional: for extra flavor, set your Instant Pot to saute mode, add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil or butter and cook rice until golden and toasted. After approximately 2-3 minutes, continue with the recipe as instructed.
The best type of rice to use with this easy recipe includes white basmati, white jasmine, or standard long-grain white rice. Do no use Minute rice which is parboiled rice.
Can I double the recipe? Yes
Would doubling the recipe increase cook time? No. It will, however, take a bit longer to reach full pressure, but no additional time is needed.


Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
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