How To Make Perfect Instant Pot Rice every single time! An easy tutorial for how to make perfect rice in the Instant Pot with just a bit of spices and oil. Hint: It’s all about the water:rice ratio!
Orignally Posted: January 10th, 2017 | Updated: October 17th, 2018
Anyone who has an Instant Pot knows that it is pretty much a magical kitchen appliance. I use mine almost every single day, whether it’s for hard boiled eggs, a quick pot of greens, dinner in a hurry, creamy 10-minute mashed potatoes or just for cooking staples like rice.
I have to admit that when I first tried rice in my Instant Pot it was an epic failure. Mainly because I didn’t adjust the water:rice ratio and just hit the “rice” button.
After a bunch of trial and error, I discovered that the secret to making amazing rice in the Instant Pot EVERY SINGLE TIME is the water:rice ratio and it’s really different than stovetop rice.
I like to season my rice with a couple cracked cardamom pods, one star anise, some white pepper and a bit of salt. It smells amazing and the rice has the slightest hint of spice. It’s really wonderful with everything.
But, if you keep the water:rice ratio the same and make sure to add a little bit of fat and salt, you could skip the spices (try it at least once with the spices!) if you just want plain rice.
Is this only for Instant Pot White Rice?
I have tried this technique with a few varieties of White Jasmine and White Basmati rice (medium and long grain) and all have worked really well. I have NOT tested this technique with brown rice.
How do you make Instant Pot White Rice?
It’s fairly simple, but the water:rice ratio for instant pot rice is different than cooking rice on your stovetop. My guess is that it’s because of the fact that less evaporation happens during the cooking process when you use an instant pot – your rice and water is all sealed away.
Make sure to rinse the rice until the water runs completely clear before adding it to the instant pot. If you don’t, you’ll end up with extra starches in the rice and it could interfere with the taste and the cooking time.
I add some avocado oil to my rice to prevent the rice from sticking to the pot. Salt and spices add an amazing flavor to the rice. You can always omit these, of course, but I highly recommend trying instant pot white rice with the spices I recommend below – so good!
Why use Natural Pressure Release (rather than Quick Pressure Release)?
Natural pressure release is the way to go when it comes to cooking rice in an instant pot. If you let the rice cook a little longer and opt for quick pressure release, the right might end up overcooked. So try to be patient, if you can, and use the natural pressure release setting when cooking rice in your instant pot – it’s well worth the wait!
Does Instant Pot Rice freeze well?
I have a 6-quart Instant Pot and always make a large batch of rice and then freeze a few containers for later in the week. It freezes and defrosts great and is perfect for things like Fried Rice or along with dishes like my Creamy Paprika Chicken Skillet.
- If you want to make a meal, try Instant Pot Rice and Beans from my friend A Mindful Mom!
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How To Make Perfect Instant Pot Rice every single time! An easy tutorial for how to make perfect rice in the Instant Pot with just a bit of spices and oil. Hint: It's all about the water:rice ratio!
- 3 cups organic jasmine rice rinsed until water runs clear
- 3 cups cold filtered water
- 1 Tablespoon avocado oil
- 1 whole star anise
- 3 whole cardamom pods cracked
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
Rinse rice until water runs clear.
Place rinsed rice into Instant Pot vessel and add filtered water, oil and spices. Stir to mix.
Lock lid and make sure pressure cooker vent is set to "SEALED". Use "RICE" button or set to manual pressure for 12 minutes.
Once done, allow to depressurize using the natural pressure release.
If you are in a rush and want to do a manual pressure release, let it sit for at least 5 minutes first.
Fluff rice with a fork, serve and Enjoy!
Once cool, freeze for later.