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Instant Pot Rice

Get that perfectly cooked steamed rice every time with this Instant Pot Rice Recipe. No more mushy, overcooked, or undercooked rice. The Instant Pot will take the guesswork out of when the rice is done, and you will have fluffy rice ready to serve up your family and friends.

Instant Pot Rice

Instant Pot Rice Recipe

We love to serve rice next to our many Stir Fry Recipes, and our favorite types to make are basmati and jasmine rice. Both offer that slightly nutty element that is great for serving as a side, mixing in soups, or pairing with your favorite dish.

The Instant Pot has taken the world by storm, and for good reason! I hopped on the electric pressure cooker bandwagon early, and I am still loving it. You can find my entire collection of Instant Pot Recipes here!

I really love my pressure cooker for making rice because stovetop rice isn’t really my forte. I need my rice to be hands off, as much as possible, and that’s where the Instant Pot works its magic.

For a long time, I relied on an old rice cooker that I picked up at a garage sale, but once I jumped on the Instant Pot train, that one got almost totally retired.

With my pressure cooker, I just hit a few buttons, seal the lid, and let it do its magic. Just like that, I have perfectly cooked rice every single time!

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Instant Pot Basmati Rice

Pressure Cooker Rice shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Basmati or Jasmine rice
  • Water
  • Salt

Necessary Tools

  • Instant Pot
  • Fine Mesh Strainer

Our Instant Pot Stick of Butter Rice is delicious too!

How to make Rice in the Instant Pot

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.

1

Rinse

Measure your rice and rinse thoroughly in cool water. NOT optional! I like using a fine mesh strainer and my sprayer.

2

Pot time

Put the rinsed rice into the pot and add the water. Close the lid, move the valve to sealing, and set the time for for manual, high pressure, 3 minutes.

3

PRESSURE!

After the cooking time expires, let it naturally release the pressure for 15 minutes before venting any remaining pressure in the pot.

4

Fluff

Fluff the rice with a fork.

5

Enjoy

Serve hot! Or not. You can also put this in the fridge for fried rice tomorrow!

Try with our Blackstone Sweet Chili Shrimp!

Instant Pot Steamed Rice FAQ

What is Basmati rice?

Basmati rice is long-grain rice that offers a bit of a nutty flavor. This rice is often served with Indian-style foods like butter chicken, curry, Paneer Tikka Masala, and more. All would be incredible options to serve with this dish!

It is gorgeous rice to make and is so much better than just plain white rice. The texture of this rice is soft and fluffy, and when you cook it using my method, it’ll have just the right “bite” to it.

Should you soak rice before cooking?

Nope! We don’t soak our rice, but we DO rinse it really well until the water runs clear. That’ll remove the excess starch and keep the rice from being too sticky.

How to keep rice from sticking to the pressure cooker.

If you find the rice sticks in the pot, swirling some oil all over the inside of your pressure cooker before adding the rice and water will help reduce the chance of rice sticking. Or, if you have a cooking spray, you can do a light spray all over the inside of the pot.  I have found this tip to be very beneficial when it comes to Basmati rice.

Blackstone Teriyaki Meatballs would be perfect with this!

Add lime, cilantro, and salt for this easy Cilantro Lime Rice!
Instant Pot Rice
Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot Rice

Traeger Sweet Chili Shrimp

Simple Electric Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot Rice is easy, delicious, and makes your dinner side dish a snap.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Natural Pressure Release 15 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups basmati rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Rinse the rice well until the water runs clear. Strain through a fine mesh colander.
  2. Place the rice and water into your Instant Pot. Shut and seal the lid.
  3. Turn on manual high-pressure for 3 minutes.
  4. Let the pressure naturally release for 15 minutes, and then carefully vent any remaining pressure and open when it is safe.

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Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 191Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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Yield: 8 servings

Instant Pot Rice

Traeger Sweet Chili Shrimp

Simple Electric Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot Rice is easy, delicious, and makes your dinner side dish a snap.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Natural Pressure Release 15 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups basmati rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Rinse the rice well until the water runs clear. Strain through a fine mesh colander.
  2. Place the rice and water into your Instant Pot. Shut and seal the lid.
  3. Turn on manual high-pressure for 3 minutes.
  4. Let the pressure naturally release for 15 minutes, and then carefully vent any remaining pressure and open when it is safe.

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 191Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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