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!

Make this Asian-approved Perfect Instant Pot Calrose Rice Recipe (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.

You’ll Enjoy Instant Pot Calrose Rice Because:

  • Easy, quick, consistent results to make in the pressure cooker
  • Delicious with great mouthfeel
  • More economical option compare to premium grade short grain sushi rice

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!
(Click photo to enlarge the chart)

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.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Calrose Rice


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Instructions for Instant Pot Calrose Rice


Optional Step: Preparation
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.

Step 1
Pressure Cook Calrose Rice

Ingredients

1 cup (235g) medium grain Calrose rice
1 cup + 3 tablespoons (295ml) cold water

Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

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.

Step 2
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 rice2. 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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Make Asian-approved Perfect Instant Pot Calrose Rice Recipe (Pressure Cooker Calrose Rice). Super easy to make in less than 30 mins!
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Rice, Side Dish, Super Easy
Cuisine: World
Serving: 1 cup
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Optional Rinsing: Gently rinse rice under cold water. Drain well and reduce 2 tablespoons from the water (1 cup + 1 tablespoon in total).
  2. 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). Turn off the heat and do a Full Natural Release (roughly 10 mins). Open the lid carefully.
  3. Fluff & Serve: Fluff the rice with the rice spatula or fork, then serve with your favorite main dish.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4 Calories: 210 Fat: 0g Saturated fat: 0g Unsaturated fat: 0g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 46.2g Sugar: 0g Sodium: 0mg Fiber: 0g Protein: 4.2g Cholesterol: 0mg
Perfect Instant Pot Calrose Rice Recipe (Pressure Cooker Calrose Rice): Super easy to make Asian-approved medium-grain Calrose rice in less than 30 mins!

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Irene Takamizu
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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
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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
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Meghan

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

Kenny S.
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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?

Kenny S.
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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
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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 »

Alexandra
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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!

Ashley
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Ashley

Thank you for this recipe! I’ve been making Calrose Rice on the stovetop for years and have never been able to perfect it. Got an IP for Christmas yesterday this Calrose recipe was the first one I tried! It came out perfect!

A little trick that I do to add more flavor, I swap out 1/2 C of the water for soy and teriyaki sauce. It really bumps up the flavor!

Nick
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Nick

Hello I’m new to IP, how much water should I use for 2 1/2 cup of rice?

Emily
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Emily

I’m wondering if having The keep warm function turned on will change the results ?

Jenn
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Jenn

I need to make a large batch of rice. I assume the water/rice ratio stays the same….but what about the time cooking?

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