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How to Cook Perfect Rice in the Instant Pot

Mastering Instant Pot Rice: A Fluffy Delight with Minimal Effort

Cooking rice to perfection is an art, but with the Instant Pot as your trusty sidekick, it’s a breeze. Imagine achieving flawlessly fluffy and flavorful rice without breaking a sweat. In this guide, we unveil the secrets to crafting impeccable rice using your Instant Pot, making your culinary dreams come true with every batch.

Embarking on Rice Perfection: Your Step-by-Step Journey

Ah, the Instant Pot, a modern marvel with buttons aplenty. Among them, the coveted “RICE” button beckons—your ticket to the realm of perfect Instant Pot White Rice. Yet, our guide extends beyond that, accommodating various rice types with the same water-to-rice ratio. Follow our lead for a rice masterpiece that will leave you craving more.

Versatility is Key: Beyond Plain Rice

Our love affair with the Instant Pot extends beyond the confines of rice. Enter Instant Pot Rice Pudding, a sweet symphony, and the soul-soothing harmony of Instant Pot Black Beans paired with rice—a cherished family meal. Even a simple indulgence like white rice with butter becomes a culinary delight.

Rice’s Water Symphony: 1:1 Ratio and Beyond

Traditionally, rice cooks in a 1:2 water-to-rice ratio, but our Instant Pot magic flips the script to 1:1. With this method, conjure as much or as little white rice as your heart desires, effortlessly and perfectly.


How to cook perfect white rice in the instant pot

The Prelude: Rinsing for Radiance

Before the Instant Pot takes center stage, prepare your rice by rinsing away excess starch. A simple under-the-tap rinse until the water runs clear transforms ordinary rice into ethereal fluffiness.

The Supporting Act: Oil and Salt

A touch of oil may be minimal, but it’s a game-changer. Not only does it quell the Instant Pot’s sputtering tendencies, but it also rescues your rice from sticking woes. As for salt, even a mere pinch works wonders, imparting delicate flavor notes that elevate your rice experience. I prefer Celtic Sea Salt’s Pink Himalayan salt, but any salt will work. A pinch of salt gives the rice a subtle flavor.

The Grand Finale: Perfect Pressure Cooker Rice Awaits

Armed with these insights, your journey to flawless pressure cooker rice is set. The Instant Pot’s prowess combined with your newfound knowledge ensures each batch emerges as a masterpiece.

A Dash of Variation: Cooking Times for Other Rice Types

As we wander into the realm of brown and wild rice, a slight adjustment in cooking time is necessary. Fear not, the water-to-rice ratio remains steadfast at 1:1.

  • Brown Rice: Awaiting its transformation in 22-24 minutes.
  • Wild Rice: Allowing nature’s best to shine for 25-30 minutes.

Now, with your Instant Pot as a trusty sidekick, you’re primed to journey into rice perfection. Prepare to delight in fluffy, aromatic rice that’s ready to grace your table with minimal effort.

With these tips, you’re on your way to perfect pressure cooker rice!

Instant pot white rice

Instant Pot Perfection: Flawless Rice Every Time

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 2-4 servings (adjust as needed)
Metric Conversion: 1 cup = 240 ml

A Brief Dive into Rice’s Rich History

Rice, a staple in many cultures, has a history dating back thousands of years. It’s a versatile grain that’s at the heart of countless dishes worldwide. From the aromatic Basmati of India to the short-grain varieties popular in Japan, rice is a canvas for culinary creativity.


  • 1 cup (240 ml) rice
  • 1 cup (240 ml) water
  • 1 tsp. oil (coconut oil for a tropical twist)
  • 1 pinch of salt

Ingredient Insights:

  • Rice: Opt for your favorite rice variety, whether it’s the fluffy long-grain Basmati, the slightly sticky Jasmine, or the classic medium-grain white rice.
  • Water: Use cold water to ensure even cooking and fluffiness.
  • Oil: Coconut oil adds a delightful hint of the tropics, but feel free to experiment with olive oil or any other oil you love.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the rice’s natural flavors.

How to Cook Perfect Rice in the Instant Pot Instructions:

Cooking Magic Unleashed:

Rinse the Rice: Place the rice in a fine-mesh sieve and rinse under cold running water until the water runs clear. This step removes excess starch for perfectly separated grains.


rinse the rice


Instant Pot Assembly: Pour the water into the Instant Pot, followed by the chosen oil. The oil adds richness and helps prevent sticking.


add 1 cup water

Season with Salt: Sprinkle in the pinch of salt. This simple seasoning ensures your rice won’t be bland.


add the coconut oil

Lid Lockdown: Seal the deal by placing the lid on the Instant Pot. Don’t forget to set the valve to the “sealing” position—no pressure escapes!


add sea salt

Cooking Enchantment: Press the “RICE” button on the Instant Pot or refer to the cooking chart provided. Now, let the Instant Pot work its magic.

Natural Pressure Release: After cooking completes, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes. This step ensures the rice finishes cooking gently and avoids overcooking.

Pressure Liberation: Once the 10 minutes are up, carefully switch the valve to the “venting” position to release any remaining pressure.


rice when lid is opened

Fluff and Serve: Gently fluff the rice with a fork, marveling at the perfectly cooked, individual grains. Serve as a side dish, base for stir-fries, or any way your culinary creativity leads you.

perfect rice in the instant pot

Be sure to check out Insider for 7 Common Mistakes People Make When Cooking Rice.

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