Instant Pot Rice is a valuable and easy food to master.

It goes incredibly well with many dishes including my Hoisin Chicken!

I actually do not like having a lot of gadgets in my kitchen. I have my instant pot, my microwave, my slow cooker, and my toaster oven. That’s a lot! But I wish I had a rice cooker. Then I got to thinking, why can’t I make rice in my instant pot? Turns out you can and it’s easy, too. This is Nicole, let’s make some rice together!

Don’t Skip This Step

I thought washing your rice was only a jasmine rice thing, or even a sushi-making thing… turns out it’s a good thing to do no matter what kind of rice you’re making. Put the amount of rice you want to cook into a mixing bowl. Pour room temperature or cold water into the bowl until you can’t see the rice. then carefully drain the water out. Do this until your water is clear. You should swirl the water around a little bit, stirring the rice a bit as you go, to be sure all the cloudiness is gone before you call this step done. I used my hand to catch the rice against the side of the bowl as I slowly poured the water out. You do not have to worry about getting all the water off, just mostly. Once the water is clear, drain that water off and you are ready for step 2.

Rinse until the water is no longer milky

Step 2

Place equal parts of water to how much rice you’re cooking. If you are cooking 1 cup of rice, you need one cup of water. If you’re making two cups of rice, you need two cups of water, and so on. Do not delay in placing the lid on the pressure cooker and starting it. Rice absorbs the water, so you do not want it to sit and absorb water while it’s not cooking. This will cause a soggy mess.


If you want, you can put salt in the pot with the rice at this point, but I don’t feel like it makes any difference. If you’re making jasmine rice, I would not recommend salt, as jasmine is slightly sweet rice. The time for cooking any white rice, no matter the kind is the same.

Cook Time for Instant Pot Rice

Cook on high for 3 minutes and allow it to naturally release for 10 minutes. When done, hit the release valve to be sure it’s safe to remove the lid. Fluff the rice and it’s ready to serve. Leave the lid off, even if you are not serving right away. You want the heat to be able to steam out after the cooking time and release time has passed.


Changing the amount of rice you want to cook does NOT change the cooking time when making Instant Pot Rice.

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Instant Pot Rice – A Guide to Fluffy Rice Every Time!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Pressure Release Time 10 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes


  • 1 cup Rice (type does not change recipe)


  • Add the amount of rice you wish to cook to a wire strainer or a bowl you can pour the water out of easily… Rinse the rice until the water runs clear.
  • Add equal parts water, to the amount of rice you just cleared, into your pressure cooker. Add rice to the pressure cooker.
  • Secure the lid, and set the timer to 3 min.
  • When time is up, allow it to natural release for 10 min. When that time is up, release any leftover pressure and remove the lid. Stir to fluff and release some of the heat from the rice. Leave the lid off the pot until ready to serve.

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