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Instant Pot Rice - learn how to cook the perfect bowl of white or brown rice in an Instant Pot pressure cooker. Failproof and so easy to make. Cooks up fluffy, light, fragrant and delicious for Sunday meal prep!

Instant Pot Rice - how to make rice perfectly (White Rice or Brown Rice)

Instant Pot Rice - how to cook rice perfectly in an Instant Pot pressure cooker. Fail proof and so easy to make. This method works for white rice or brown rice.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword how to cook rice perfectly, instant pot rice recipe, instant pot side dish recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 176 kcal
Author Kelly


  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil olive oil or cooking spray, to prevent sticking
  • 1 cup brown rice or white long-grain rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt optional


  1. Lightly coat the bottom and the sides of the inner pot of the Instant Pot with oil (this prevents sticking).
  2. Measure rice into a large colander or bowl and rinse under cold water. Gently rub rice together with your fingertips. Drain and continue rinsing under cold water until the water is clear. Drain well and add to Instant Pot.
  3. Measure out water using the same measuring cup as the rice. Add water to rice. Add a pinch of salt, if desired.
  4. Cover and lock the lid. Turn the valve to sealing and press MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK: For White Rice - cook for 3 minutes. For Brown Rice - cook for 22 minutes.
  5. Allow the Instant Pot to come to pressure (about 15 minutes) and cook for selected time. After the selected time and the rice is cooked, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for 10 minutes. Using a long spoon, release the remaining pressure by turning the valve to venting , then unlock and remove the lid.
  6. Fluff with a fork and serve warm.
  7. Store leftovers in a sealed container or zip-top bag in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes

Be sure to use the same measuring cup you use for the rice and water - this ensures the cook time will be accurate.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Rice - how to make rice perfectly (White Rice or Brown Rice)
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup cooked rice)
Calories 176 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 150mg6%
Potassium 127mg4%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 3g6%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.