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Instant Pot Basmati Rice

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This recipe for Instant Pot Basmati Rice is so easy! Say goodbye to overcooked, undercooked, or mushy rice. This pressure cooker method results in perfectly cooked, fluffy white rice every single time with no burning or sticking. Serve your aromatic rice with almost any main dish.

  • Total Time: 21 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


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  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 cups white rice, rinsed well in a fine-mesh strainer
  • 2 1/4 cups filtered water


  1. Lightly spray the bottom and lower parts of the inside of your pot with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine the rinsed rice and water in the base of a 6-quart or 8-quart Instant Pot.
  3. Lock on the lid and set the time to 6 minutes on high pressure. 
  4. When the cooking time is up, carefully use the quick release to let out any remaining pressure. 
  5. Remove the lid, stir, and serve hot.


  1. Use an oven mitt whenever you use the quick-release to protect your hands from the hot steam. 
  2. 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. 
  3. You can easily double this recipe in a 6-quart or 8-quart pot.
  4. For a long-grain brown rice, cook for 22 minutes at high pressure. Use a 1:1 rice to water ratio.
  5. The total cook time for this recipe includes 10 minutes for the pot to come up to pressure.
  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Instant Pot pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • Serving Size: 1/3 cup
  • Calories: 113
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 3.1 mg
  • Fat: 0.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 24.7 g
  • Fiber: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 2.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg