How to Make Perfect Instant Pot Rice

How to Make Perfect Instant Pot Rice


Instant pot rice is perfectly fluffy, light, tender and never sticky.  When you use your Instant pot it’s perfect EVERY SINGLE TIME! Even your tricky hard to master brown and wild rice will be perfect. It’s so easy you’ll never use a pot on the stove again.

Use your instant pot to make perfect rice for meals that are served over rice, like stir fry. Try these favorites Amazing Pepper Steak Stir Fry, Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry or Cashew Chicken Stir Fry.

 

Perfect fluffy light tender Instant pot rice.

Perfect Rice

There’s nothing worse than wanting light fluffy rice and getting sticky, mushy, watery or crunchy hard rice instead. If you are making a Risotto or a Rice Pudding then you can skip rinsing and even skip the instant pot method because you’ll want a creamy texture that will be hard to get with an instant pot. This method is just too perfect for that light individual feather like rice.

Easy White Rice Ingredients:

  • Rice: Long grain
  • Water: If you want to add flavor you can use chicken, beef, or veggie broth.
  • Butter: Adds richness but you can also leave it out.
  • Salt: Just a pinch to add flavor

How to Make White Rice:

So simple you’ll memorize this easily.

  • Rinse: Use a fine mesh strainer to thoroughly rinse the rice. I often use my hand to move the rice around and make sure it all gets rinsed.
  • Cook: Combine rice, water, butter and salt in Instant pot. Lock the lid and secure the vent and cook on high for 5 minutes
  • Release: Let the pressure release naturally. Carefully remove the lid and fluff with a fork.

Rinsing Rice before cooking.

Why You Need to Rinse Rice:

  • Starch: Rinsing your rice before cooking will help get rid of the extra starch which is found on Rice. This extra starch when cooked causes the rice to become sticky and gloopy. Rinsing will take off that extra starch and insure nice fluffy individual grains of rice.
  • Impurities: No method of preparing rice for the store shelf is perfect. Rinsing your rice will also help get rid of any impurities, such as dirt, left over pesticides and help sanitize your rice making for a healthy meal.

Rinsing and preparing the perfect rice in the Instant Pot.

Why the Instant Pot is Best for Fluffy Rice:

  • Consistent:  Cooking rice on the stove top can vary so much that it’s hard to get consistent results every time. Depending on how your lid fits, the size of the pot and your heating element you make never get the same result twice.
  • Steady Results: The instant pot is consistent because there is no water lost through evaporation. The heat source is always consistent and the time and setting is the time every time.
  • Natural release: When the rice is done cooking, leave the rice undisturbed and the pressure will naturally begin to release. After about 15 minutes you can manually release the remaining pressure before opening it.

Using and setting the Instant Pot for the perfect rice.

Brown Rice Ingredients:

  • Brown Rice: Long grain cooks nicely and can be used for anything.
  • Water: Try using a  broth for extra flavor boost
  • Butter: Adds buttery flavor, but can leave out.
  • Salt: Just a pinch will do it

Making Brown Rice in the Instant pot:

  • Rinse: Use a fine mesh strainer to thoroughly rinse the rice. I often use my hand to move the rice around and make sure it all gets rinsed.
  • Cook: Combine rice, water, butter and salt in Instant pot. Lock the lid and secure the vent and cook on high for 10 minutes
  • Release: Let the pressure release naturally. Carefully remove the lid and fluff with a fork.

Brown Rice Perfectly cooked in an Instant Pot

Wild Rice Ingredients:

  • Wild Rice: There are many varieties of wild rice. Experiment with all of them to find a favorite.
  • Water: Notice there is more water than rice for wild rice.
  • Butter: Can be omitted.
  • Salt: Helps to bring out the flavor of the wild rice.

Mastering Wild Rice in the Instant Pot:

  • Rinse: Use a fine mesh strainer to thoroughly rinse the rice. I often use my hand to move the rice around and make sure it all gets rinsed.
  • Cook: Combine rice, water, butter and salt in Instant pot. Lock the lid and secure the vent and cook on high for 15 minutes.
  • Release: Let the pressure release naturally. Carefully remove the lid and fluff with a fork.

Wild Rice perfectly cooked in the Instant Pot

More Easy Side Dishes:

Instant Pot Rice

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Total Time 20 minutes

Author Alyssa Rivers

Servings 8 people

Instant pot rice is perfectly fluffy, light, tender and never sticky.  When you use your Instant pot it’s perfect EVERY SINGLE TIME! Even your tricky hard to master brown and wild rice will be perfect. It’s so easy you’ll never use a pot on the stove again.

For White Rice:

  • 2
    cups
    white rice
  • 2
    cups
    water
  • 1
    Tablespoon
    Butter
  • pinch
    of salt

For Brown Rice:

  • 2
    cups
    brown rice
  • 2
    cups
    water
  • 1
    Tablespoon
    Butter
  • pinch
    of salt

For Wild Rice:

  • 2
    Cups
    Wild Rice
  • 3
    cups
    water
  • 1
    Tablespoon
    Butter
  • pinch
    of salt

Nutrition Facts

Instant Pot Rice

Amount Per Serving

Calories 521
Calories from Fat 54

% Daily Value*

Fat 6g9%

Saturated Fat 3g15%

Cholesterol 11mg4%

Sodium 55mg2%

Potassium 351mg10%

Carbohydrates 103g34%

Fiber 5g20%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 13g26%

Vitamin A 139IU3%

Calcium 43mg4%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.



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