Instant Pot Calrose Rice

Perfect Instant Pot Calrose Rice Recipe (Pressure Cooker Medium Grain Calrose Rice): Super easy to make Asian-approved Calrose rice in less than 30 mins!

Learn how to cook Asian-approved Perfect Instant Pot Calrose Rice (Pressure Cooker Calrose Rice). No more mushy, gooey, or hard medium grain Japanese Calrose rice! Super easy to make in less than 30 mins!! 😀

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As my dad, the rice man, always says “I can’t live without rice!”

Rice is in our blood.

That’s why we started our site with the good old Jasmine Rice Recipe.

You might call us crazy.

We must admit we’re a little picky & teeny bit particular about our rice – blame it all on our Asian genes. ?

The meal just doesn’t feel right if the rice is off balance.

Perfect Instant Pot Calrose Rice Recipe (Pressure Cooker Medium Grain Calrose Rice): Super easy to make Asian-approved Calrose rice in less than 30 mins!

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If you’ve been following our pressure cooking journey (thank you!!), we’ve been having lots of fun experimenting some of the most popular types of rice – Jasmine rice, Brown rice, Basmati rice, Sticky rice, and Arborio rice.

So, how can we miss one of our favorite go-to rice – Calrose Rice!

Some might say, “it’s just rice! How complicated can it be? Just press the rice button, you’re all set…”

As easy as it looks, there’s no one-size-fits-all method to making perfect Pressure Cooker Rice, at least not in our books.

Perfecting rice especially Instant Pot Rice that sticks, can get a little tricky.

To us, finding the perfect Water to Rice Ratio is like hunting for the Golden Key that opens the Treasure Box of Perfect Rice.

So, time for another Instant Pot Rice Experiment!! 😀


Wait, What is Calrose Rice?

Perfect Instant Pot Calrose Rice Recipe (Pressure Cooker Medium Grain Calrose Rice): Super easy to make Asian-approved Calrose rice in less than 30 mins!Calrose rice is a medium grain Japanese type rice developed in California.

  • “cal” = California origin & production
  • “rose” = medium-grain shape

In fact, some restaurants use this as a budget substitution for Japanese rice side dish or even use it for making sushi.


Instant Pot Calrose Rice Experiment

What We Look For in Perfect Calrose Rice?

  • Evenly cooked – Tender through the center yet has a nice mouthfeel – chew to the bite
  • Remain intact, separated, slightly sticky, but not mushy or gooey
  • Dry rice with a bit of moist, not soggy or wet

We conducted 4+ tests with Calrose Rice using different amounts of liquid & cooking time in our Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker.

Here are the Instant Pot Calrose Rice Experiment Results:

Perfect Instant Pot Calrose Rice Recipe (Pressure Cooker Medium Grain Calrose Rice): Super easy to make Asian-approved Calrose rice in less than 30 mins!
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After playing around with various factors, we achieved our desired results with Test #4.

  • Soft Rice Fans: If you like softer rice, follow Test #3’s ratios.
  • Hard Rice Fans: If you like chewier rice, follow Test #2’s ratios.

Time to cook some Calrose Rice in Instant Pot!

Instant Pot Rice Recipes: Instant Pot Calrose Rice

Instant Pot Calrose Rice

Make Asian-approved Perfect Instant Pot Calrose Rice (Pressure Cooker Calrose Rice). Super easy to make in less than 30 mins!
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Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 24 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 210kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Optional Rinsing: Gently rinse rice under cold water. Drain well and reduce 2 tablespoons from the water (1 cup + 1 tablespoon in total).
  • Pressure Cook Calrose Rice: Place 1 cup (235g) medium grain Calrose rice and 1 cup + 3 tablespoons (295ml) cold water in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure using Manual/Pressure Cook button for 6 minutes (Please see experiment chart to find your preferred texture) + Full Natural Release (roughly 10 mins). Open the lid carefully.
  • Fluff & Serve: Fluff the Calrose rice with the rice spatula or fork, then serve with your favorite main dish. Enjoy~ 🙂
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Nutrition:

Serving: 4g | Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 46.2g | Protein: 4.2g
Course: Rice, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, World
Keyword: how to cook rice, how to cook rice in instant pot, instant pot calrose rice, instant pot japanese rice, instant pot rice, pressure cooker calrose rice, pressure cooker rice
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Instant Pot Calrose Rice Step-by-Step Cooking Guide

Prepare Ingredients for cooking Calrose Rice in Instant Pot:

medium calrose rice recipe

Optional Preparation Step – Rinse Rice


Gently rinse rice under cold water. Drain well.

*Pro Tip: If you are rinsing the rice, drain well and reduce 2 tablespoons from the water. This is critical if you’re aiming for optimal results.

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Pressure Cook Calrose Rice


Place 1 cup (235g) medium grain Calrose rice and 1 cup + 3 tablespoons (295ml) cold water in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

Perfect Instant Pot Calrose Rice Recipe (Pressure Cooker Medium Grain Calrose Rice): Super easy to make Asian-approved Calrose rice in less than 30 mins!

Close lid and pressure cook at

Open the lid carefully.

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Fluff & Serve Perfect Instant Pot Calrose Rice


Fluff the rice with the rice spatula or fork, then serve with your favorite main dish.

Perfect Instant Pot Calrose Rice Recipe (Pressure Cooker Medium Grain Calrose Rice): Super easy to make Asian-approved Calrose rice in less than 30 mins!


Cooking Tips for Instant Pot Calrose Rice

1. Water to Rice Ratio: this ratio makes or breaks your path to perfecting Instant Pot Rice. So, measure them as accurately as possible for your satisfaction ?

How to cook medium grain Japanese calrose rice

2. Rinsing the Rice: If you are rinsing the rice, drain well and reduce 2 tablespoons from the water. It’s critical to be precise on the water to rice ratio in order to achieve optimal results.

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David Roth

Thank you for all the Instant Pot recipes! Just curious, but when I measure out 1 cup of rice, it does not weigh 235g, but closer to 190g. So the first time I made rice this way (with 235g of rice by weight), there wasn’t enough water and the rice became dried and hard. When I remade it with a measurement of 1 cup it came out quite nice. Anyway, just thought I would ask to see if there was something that I missed.

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C Dixon

Hi, I typically make 2 cups at a time and cooked for 10 minutes just out of thinking. Is this rice supposed to be like a sticky rice? It always comes out sticky no matter how I adjust the time

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Janie

Hi I love this recipe and have used it a lot, but I am the only one in my family who loves rice and we have a 8qt instant pot so I have to make a lot. So I was wondering how would I go about make calrose rice using the pot in pot method? Thanks5 stars

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K. M.

Thanks so much for this! I had been using your default Instant Pot (jasmine) rice instructions (3 minutes high pressure, 10 minutes natural pressure release) with Cal-rose rice, but it never seemed to come out right; too hard & too sticky. This recipe yields much better results. Thank you for your excellent recipes.

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Irene Takamizu

At the beginning of the recipe you say to leave off the extra 3 Tablespoons of water if you rinse the rice. At he end of the recipe, you say to leave off 2 Tablespoons of water if you rinse your rice. Which is it?

Miles

For #4, is it 1 standard measuring cup of rice
to 1 standard measuring cup of water + 3 tablespoons?

I don’t have a weighing scale so I’d like to use the standard measuring cup instead.

Thanks.

Meghan

Perfect first time! I went up to 3 cups of rice, and it was perfect consistency with no time adjustments.5 stars

Kenny S.

Hey there! I love your site and my wife and I have tried and loved so many of your recipes!

I am embarking on making the Japanese rice dish Yaki Onigiri, grilled rice balls.

Do you think that the rice cooked the way that you liked the best on this recipe should be sticky enough to form the balls/triangles of rice?5 stars

Kenny S.

Hey there!
I just left a comment on your recipe page for Calrose Rice! Thanks for the feedback!

You said that I should season the rice with some dashi or rice vinegar.

Do you mean that I should cook the rice with a little bit of this, or after the balls are made?

My plan was to make some Unagi sauce and baste the rice with it after rolling and cooking it. Would this be what you mean?

Mark

I’m trying this out to put my new Instant Pot Minilux through its paces, but I’m already thinking it’s more work than just using my regular rice cooker, and not much time saving. ? The thing I like best about the cooker is that I don’t have to worry about how drained the rice is after washing it. The water measurements are marked in the inside of the cook pot insert. I’ll try brown rice next. I’ve never been happy with the way brown rice comes out when cooked in the rice cooker. I’m really a cal rose man since… Read more »

Tim and Krittiya

You will find that it tastes better. My wife is Thai and knows her rice. Instead of spreading the scent of cooking the rice throughout your kitchen that flavour and scent is still in the cooked rice.

Alexandra

Hi! Super excited to use your recipe for sushi rice. I was wondering if I made it the day before I wanted to make sushi if it would be ok. Thank you for having such a thorough blog on making sushi rice!

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