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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Tool for Instant Pot Calrose Rice


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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  1. 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?

    1. Hi Irene,

      Thank you for your question and spotting the error 🙂

      For rinsed rice, please use 1 cup + 1 tablespoon.

      Please take care!
      Jacky

      If you didn

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

    1. Hi Kenny,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year 🙂
      Thank you so much for your kind words and support.

      Yes, it will work fine. You will want to season the rice with some dashi/rice vinegar

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

    2. 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?

  4. 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 birth, but a doctor suggested to me that I should be eating brown rice.

  5. 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!

    1. Hi Alexandra,

      Hope you had a wonderful New Year & Christmas 🙂
      Thank you so much for your kind words. The rice will become harder so I recommend using freshly cooled rice.

      Happy New Year & please take care
      Jacky

  6. 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!

    1. Hi Emily,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      The keep warm function will not change the result unless the rice have been on keep warm for too long.

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    1. Hi Jenn,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      The cooking time will stay the same as well. You will want to be precise with the water/rice ratio when making a large batch.

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  7. Hi. I just made 2 cups (standard measure) medium grain white rice (rinsed and drained well), pressed manual for 7 minutes and NR for 10.
    I added two T. oil to the rice and water. I am so happy it came out perfectly soft just as if I made it in my rice cooker. However, my husband does not want oil in his rice so as a bonus my non stick rice cooker pot fits in my 6 qt. instant pot! Now I can cook my rice in my ‘new’ instant pot non stick pot place it in my ‘old’ rice cooker when done then cook whatever I’m making in the original stainless steel instant pot pot.
    QUESTION: If I need to make 4 standard cups of rice, do I need to increase the cook time? 7 minutes worked perfectly for 2 cups. I’d appreciate your feedback. Thanks much! **your website doesn’t allow me to enter 5 stars. You deserve 5 stars!

    1. Hi Gale,

      thank you so much for your kind words on the recipe 🙂

      I have changed it to 5 stars!! Thank you so much.

      The cooking time will work fine for 4 cups of rice.

      Please take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  8. My cup of Calrose medium grain white rice weighs closer to 200 g and according to the package 1 cup weighs 180 g. Should I go by weight or volume??

  9. I follow the directions for slightly softer rice. It comes out perfect every time! We love, love calrose rice in our house and am thrilled to be able to make it in my instant pot!

    1. Thanks Kat! Happy to know you’ve been enjoying the calrose rice in Instant Pot!! 🙂
      Have fun cooking & enjoy a lovely weekend!
      Take care,
      Amy

  10. I always watch out for new recipes from you. Thank you.

    Kindly give us your tested recipe for cooking jasmine, brown rice, shirakiku and basmati rice using the pot-in-pot method.

    Thanks.

    1. Hi Miles,

      thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      Jasmine rice and basmati rice will take roughly 6 minutes using the pot in pot method with a stainless steel bowl.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  11. Silly question – can Kokuho Rose rice be cooked using these directions? I’m not sure if it is calrose rice or not. Thanks!!!

  12. I usually buy Nishiki rice in big bags at my local Korean/Japanese market, will these ratios work for that brand also?

  13. Hey Amy + Jacky,
    Thanks for the informative post.
    I was born and raised in Japan so rice is in my blood, too.
    A few questions.
    1) Should pressure cook time be increased if I want to make more than 1 cup of rice?
    2) I always soak rice in water for half an hour before I cook rice in donabe (clay pot). No need to do this for IP?

    1. Hi John,

      thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      1) The cooking time will be the same as long as it is cooking directly in the pot.
      2) It is an optional step 🙂

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  14. I tried this using the PIP method and had broccoli on the bottom container and the rice on top and used your time and it came out perfect. Now I normally make 5 cups of rice in my rice cooker. If I did it in the IP and I rinsed the rice, it would still be 5 cups of rice and 5 cups of water correct? Thanks again!!

    1. Hi Sheila,

      thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      Yes, it would still be 5 cups of rice and 5 cups of water. You will probably want to cook the rice at the bottom of the pot to make sure they cook evenly.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  15. Would CalRose rice prepared in this manner work for sushi? I’m going to try to make musubi and need to have sushi rice for it.

  16. I’ve found a 1:1 ratio in the Instant Pot to result in chewy, dry, overcooked rice. I use a 1:1.5 or even 1:1.75 ratio of rice to water, on the Rice setting, and it turns out perfect.

    1. Hi Jenny,

      thank you for your feedback 🙂

      The rice setting uses low pressure so it will need more water.

      1:1 ratio is for the pressure cook/manual button.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  17. Dear Amy + Jacky, I, too, am a new Instant Pot owner and was delighted to find this recipe for my favorite kind of rice. I would prefer to use the pot-in-pot method, using a round stainless steel pot – it measures 6 1/2″ in diameter and weighs 370 g. Could you please advise me about increasing the cooking time (if that is necessary)? Thank you! I look forward to exploring your site more thoroughly.

    1. Hi CarolJ,

      Thank you for your question 🙂

      If the rice is not cooking with other food at the bottom, it will take roughly 7 – 8 minutes + natural release for 1 cup of rice with the Pot in Pot.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  18. Do you have any general guidelines for the substitution of bone broth in the place of water in this recipe? Most places seem to recommend a 1:1 ratio of bone broth to water.

    How does the instant pot compare to traditional Japanese induction cookers such as the zojirushi brand?

    Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Hi Kevin,

      thank you for your comment and question 🙂

      It will be a 1:1 ratio of bone broth to water replacement.

      I personally think the higher end Zojirushi rice cooker has a slight edge on the Instant Pot.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  19. Just so I am following along….. 4 cups of rice and 4 cups of water plus 12 TBSP of water, 6 min NR for 10. Are you using your rice cup or just a standard measuring cup I do not have a scale to measure grams.

  20. 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.This is under Optional Step: Preparation
    Rinse Rice

    Optional Rinsing: Gently rinse rice under cold water. Drain well and reduce 3 tablespoons from the water. This is under instructions

    Which one of these is correct?
    If you are making a double batch should you remove double the water?

    1. Hi Lauri,

      thank you for your question and letting us know about the typo! It should be 3 tablespoons of water.

      You don’t have to remove double the water for a double batch.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  21. Hi, I’m new to IP. Thank you for this amazing blog.
    If I want to make 5 cup, shouldn’t I increase the time, too? How would you recommend it? Also, do you not recommend using the rice cup that came with the pot?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi JeanBean,

      thank you for your question and kind words 🙂

      You will not have to increase the cooking time for 5 cups of rice. The rice cup that came with the pot is only 180ml.
      If you are using the rice cup, you will have to adjust the water ratio accordingly.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  22. When using the original stainless steel pot, is there a way to make the rice not stick to the bottom so much? Should I be placing the rice in a different type of non-stick container? Thanks!

    1. Hi J,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      Rinsing the rice until the water is clear will make the rice less sticky.

      Make sure to remove the rice from the pot after the 10 minutes Natural release.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    2. I had a same problem, and someone told me to use a little bit of oil. I just use my cooking spray right before I put in the rice & water! It’s not greasy at all as I worried before. Hope this helps!

  23. What did you mean by drain rice and ‘remove 2 tbsp of water’ ? If the rice is washed and drained, where are we removing the 2 tbsp of water from? You recipe has 1 cup plus 3 tbsp of water ….so I am confused where we need to remove the 2 tbsp of water after washing and draining rice. Thank you

    1. Hi Swati,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      If you have rinsed and drained the rice, remove 2 tbsp of water from the 295ml water.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  24. Hi Amy & Jacky
    Is there any difference in timing for PIP rice? I prefer cooking rice in a & cup Pyrex container.
    Would appreciate your advice. Thanks.

    Vivien

    1. Hi Vivien,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      Pot in Pot rice in a pyrex container will take a bit longer as the container conducts heat slower.

      I would say about 3 minutes longer at High Pressure.

      Have a great weekend and have fun cooking 🙂

      Jacky

  25. THANK YOU! I tried a way someone else said and wasted a whole dang pot of rice because it was mush and soupy. Your way turned out perfect!!!

  26. If I want to add red beans to my rice, when should I add them? Also, can I cook sausage along with the rice?

  27. Hello, Amy and Jacky. I am a new instant pot owner and trying different recipes from your site. All have come out great, so thank you so much!! I am making the calrose rice right now and have questions: 1) if I want to cook more rice than the recipe, do I just increase water accordingly? 2) the natural release time seems closer to 20 minutes – it just finished -vs your recipe reads 10. Why is that?

    1. Hi Soyoung,

      thank you for your kind words and question 🙂

      Yes, just increase the water accordingly If you would like to cook more rice!

      The more liquid is in the Instant Pot, the longer the natural release time will be. If the floating pin doesn’t drop down after 11 – 12 minutes, you can carefully turn the venting knob to the venting position to release the remaining pressure 🙂

      Do let us know if you have any other questions!!

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

    2. Thank you for responding. I just cooked 1 cup per recipe this time, and it was great!

      One more question – how does the cooking time change with more rice? In fact, with other recipes, does the cook time have to increase if the recipe amount if more that what you have on your site? I can’t wait to try your other recipes!! 🙂

    3. Hi Soyoung,

      thank you for your question 🙂

      For most recipes, you will not have to change the cooking time. Unless the thickness of the meat increases, the cooking time can remain unchanged.

      Take care & have fun cooking
      Jacky

  28. My now-grown nephew said one year at our family reunion, “rice… rice is my life.” He will never love that down!

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