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!

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!
(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.

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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Recipe Notes:

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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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Leah Sussman

Finally! Perfect Asian rice in my instant pot. Thank you guys!5 stars

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JJ L

Just tried this: I did the optional rinse, with the 1cup + 1 tbsp water. It cooked exactly as described, al dente with a little bit of chewy resistance at the center of each grain. Next time i will try 1 cup + 2 tbsp with the rinse, and hopefully it will be a little closer to my preference. thank you for the guidance!5 stars

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Jupiter

Recently got an instant pot duo mini. Tried your method on test #4 and it ended up being the best cooked rice I’ve ever made! I’ve always used rice cookers and this was sooo much better. Thanks!5 stars

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Heather

I’ve tried your other rice recipe me and have been very happy. Now I will try Calrose. I’m reading comments but don’t think I’ve seen a very definitive answer…if I want to triple the amount of rice do I triple the water? Does cook time change?

Thanks!
Heather

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Carol

I am a new IP owner so appreciate the ease of this recipe! I wanted to make 2 1/2 cups of rice so followed what you told Nick and used 3 cups plus 1 T of water because I rinsed first. I enjoyed the result, but it did clump and seemed a little wet, although it wasn’t mushy. Some of your other responses suggested using the same amounts of water and rice. Should I have used 2 1/2 cups water instead of 3? I cooked for 6 minutes and did the natural release for a longer time, about 18 minutes.… Read more »

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Kaz

Hi Amy and Jacky, I am a big fan of your website and of course recipes since I bought my instant pot 2 years ago. Do you have any tips on how to convert water/rice ratio to cook Calrose rice using pot-in-pot (PIP) method? I tried Calrose rice test #4 water/rice ratio in PIP method (the same cooking time+NR). Pretty good. I need to try test #3 next.5 stars

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Atsuko

Thank you so much!
I’m a new owner of Instant pot and this is what I was looking for!
By any chance did you try cooking brown medium grain rice? I know it takes more water and time to cook but I didn’t know how much to increase.
If you haven’t tried, please disregard my question.
I am thankful for people sharing experience like this. 🙂5 stars

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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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David Roth

Botan Brand. U.S. No.1 Extra Fancy. The bag says to use 1.5 cups of rice and 2 cups of water for stove-top and rice cooker. So I tried that in the Instant Pot with 6 minutes of High Pressure and a Natural Release of 10 minutes, followed by quick release. It came out shiny and wet looking, so I thought it might be mushy. But it actually had a pretty nice texture, moist and chewy, but not mushy. Next time, I’m going to try this brand with slightly less water and shorter cook time as I like my rice a… Read more »

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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