Brown Rice made in Instant Pot

Perfectly cooked brown rice made in the Instant Pot

In the Instant Pot, rice : water ratio is 1:1 for making al dente (firm) rice. If you want the rice to be cooked softer- you should add 1/2 cup more water.

However, cooking time varies depending on the type of rice you are using. IP rice button is timed for cooking white rice and Parboiled rice. For other kinds, we have to use pressure cooking. For instance, Brown rice should be cooked at high pressure for 22 minutes. Wild rice needs more time, around 30 minutes.

I cooked brown rice in the IP and in 22 minutes with quick pressure release, perfectly cooked brown rice was ready, not mushy at all.

For all kinds of Rice, Rice : Water ratio is 1 : 1 for making Al dente rice (firmer rice).

For softer rice, add 1/2 cup more water.

Cooking Times:

  1. White Rice and Parboiled Rice, rinsed- use rice button. Either do Natural pressure release (NPR) or quick pressure release.
  2. Basmati Rice, rinsed: at high pressure for 8 minutes. Either do natural pressure release (NPR) or quick pressure release (QPR).
  3. Brown Rice, rinsed: at high pressure for 22 minutes. Either do NPR or quick pressure release (QPR).
  4. Wild Rice, rinsed: at high pressure for 30 minutes. Either do NPR or quick pressure release (QPR).

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Cooking Video

Brown Rice made in Instant Pot
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Recipe type: Main
  • Brown Rice, rinsed- 2 cups
  • Water- 2 cups (for softer rice use 2½ cups)
  • Salt- ¼ tsp
  1. Add water and rinsed brown rice along with salt into the pot.
  2. Close the lid, make sure pressure valve is set to sealed position.
  3. Click Manual and set pressure to high pressure.
  4. Set time to 22 minutes (by clicking + or - button)
  5. After 22 minutes of cooking, you will hear the beep. Click cancel to turn it off.
  6. Do a quick pressure release by turning the valve to venting: be careful as the steam is very hot.
  7. After the pressure has completely released, open the lid.
  8. Fluff the rice with a spoon or fork.
  9. Serve warm with your favorite curries or along with baked chicken/fish, roasted veggies etc.
  10. Note: 1 : 1- water to rice ratio will cook the rice al dente. For softer rice, add ½ cup more water.


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