This recipe for Instant Pot Basmati Rice is so easy! You only need six minutes cooking time for perfectly cooked, fluffy rice that goes great with almost any main dish.

cooked rice in a white bowl with two gold spoons

Instant Pot Rice

You aren’t going to believe how easy and fast it is to make rice in the Instant Pot. In fact, I gave away my rice cooker after I realized how amazing this recipe is.

You can cook any kind of rice or grain in the pressure cooker, but today’s post is all about cooking basmati white rice.

Basmati rice is a long-grain type of rice that originates in Asia. I often buy organic California basmati rice, but you most often see brands that were grown in India.

cup of uncooked rice in front of the Instant Pot

Serving Size Adjustments

One cup of uncooked rice provides about 6 small servings, so 2 cups of rice yields 12 small servings of about 1/3 cup each.

If you want to adjust the measurements of this recipe, just remember that you will need 1 cup of water for each cup of uncooked rice. You can cook up to 3-4 cups of uncooked rice at a time in a 6-quart or 8-quart Instant Pot.

Recipe Steps

Step One

The only real work you need to do for this recipe is to rinse the rice. Rinsing the rice helps remove any surface starch that might make the cooked rice gummy.

rinsed rice in a colander

Step Two

Then, you literally just dump the rice into the Instant Pot, add the correct amount of water, and set the time to 6 minutes on high pressure. You need to allow about 10 minutes for the pressure cooker to come up to pressure.

Step Three

Once the cooking time is up, then you can let the pressure come down naturally, or use the quick release. Then, use a fork to help fluff the rice. Serve hot.

cooked rice in instant pot

How to Serve

Obviously, you can serve the cooked rice out of the pot. Or, you can transfer it to a container to store in the refrigerator for up to a week. I will often freeze cooked rice in an air-tight container for up to several months.

Rice is such a satisfying and low-allergenic food that can be served with almost any main dish.

fluffy cooked rice in a glass bowl

FAQs

Can I cook brown rice in the Instant Pot?

Yes, but the cooking time is different. For a long-grain brown rice, cook for 22 minutes at high pressure. Use a 1:1 rice to water ratio.

Can I double this recipe?

Yes, you can easily double or even triple this recipe in a 6-quart or 8-quart pot.

Other Easy Instant Pot Recipe Basics

Watch me make this recipe on YouTube!

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Here is the printable recipe:

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Easiest Instant Pot Basmati Rice


  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 31 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This recipe for Instant Pot Basmati Rice is so easy! You only need six minutes cooking time for perfectly cooked, fluffy rice that goes great with almost any main dish. 


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups white rice, rinsed well
  • 2 cups filtered water

Instructions

  1. Combine the rinsed rice and water in the base of a 6-quart or 8-quart Instant Pot.
  2. Lock on the lid and set the time to 6 minutes on high pressure. 
  3. When the cooking time is up, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes, and then use the quick release to let out any remaining pressure. 
  4. Carefully remove the lid and serve hot.

Notes

Store any leftovers in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Or, place any leftovers in a zip-top bag and freeze for up to 2 months. 

  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Instant Pot pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: how to cook rice in pressure cooker, pressure cooker basmati rice, instant pot white rice

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