The best thing about cooking rice with a pressure cooker is that it’s FAST! The Instant Pot Rice (Pressure Cooker Rice) is done in 15 minutes, ~30 minutes faster than our rice cooker.
If you’re going to use an electric pressure cooker, you’ll love how you don’t need to wait for the water to boil, tend the pot, or stir the rice like you would cooking it in a regular pot. Just set it and come back to perfect pressure cook rice.
Rice usually fails to cook in a few ways:
Too watery: this means your rice is under-cooked.
Hard, chewy, or burnt: this means you didn’t add enough water or it’s overcooked.
Too mushy and sticky: this means you added way too much water.
So, the water-to-rice ratios and the cooking times are the utmost important factors for making perfectly cooked rice. Every grain is different though.
Golden rules for making Perfect Pressure Cooker Rice or Instant Pot Rice (Jasmine Rice):
Cooking time (electric pressure cooker): High Pressure for 3 minutes and 10 minutes Natural Release
Water-to-rice ratio: 1 cup (250 ml) of water for 1 cup (250 ml) of white rice
Instant Pot users: take note that the rice measuring cup that comes with the Instant Pot is only 180 ml
These rules must be followed strictly for the best results.
Ingredients for Pressure Cooker Rice (Instant Pot Rice)
1 cup (230 g) Jasmine rice
1 cup (250 ml) water
Optional: ¼ – ½ teaspoon fine sea salt/table salt
Instructions for Pressure Cooker Rice (Instant Pot Rice)
Step 1 Rinse Rice
Rinse rice under cold water by gently scrubbing the rice with your fingertips in a circling motion.
Pour out the milky water, and continue to rinse until the water is clear. Drain well.
*Pro Tip: Don’t skip this step as it helps get rid of excess starches on the surface and prevents the rice in becoming gluey.
Step 2 Pressure Cook Rice
Add rice and water in the pressure cooker.
Close the lid and pressure cook at
Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 3 minutes, then Natural Release for 10 minutes and release the remaining pressure
Open the lid quickly.
*Pro Tip: Be sure to cook the rice immediately after you pour the water in the Instant Pot – this prevents throwing off the water:rice ratio.
1. Double the Recipe: If you want to cook more rice, double/triple the amount using the 1:1 rice:water ratio with the same cooking time.
2. Rice Storage: store white rice in a sealed container in a dry and dark place.
3. Rinse the Rice: It’s important to rinse the white rice under cold water until the water is clear. This will get rid of excess starches on the surface and prevent the rice in becoming gluey.
4. Cook the Rice Immediately: Cook the rice as soon as you pour the water into the pressure cooker. If you let the rice sit in the water, the rice will continue to absorb the water, which will throw off the ratio.
5. If the rice turns out a bit wet when you open the lid, first fluff the rice with a fork to let the moisture escape through the steam. Then let it rest a bit before serving it.
Rinse Rice: Rinse rice under cold water by gently scrubbing the rice with your fingertips in a circling motion. Pour out the milky water, and continue to rinse until water is clear. Drain well.
Pressure Cook Rice: Add rice and water to Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. Close the lid. Cook at High Pressure for 3 minutes, then Natural Release for 10 minutes. Release remaining pressure, then open the lid quickly.
Optional Seasoning: Add salt to the rice for seasoning.
If you use the rice measuring cup that came with the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker to measure the rice, remember to use the same measuring cup to measure the water as 1 rice measuring cup = 180 ml of rice.