Here’s how to make Instant Pot white rice! Your pressure cooker can double as a rice cooker: it’s a hands-off way to cook this whole grain.
Alex and I were originally Instant Pot skeptics. What convinced us to try one was when we learned it could cook so many things: including rice! We could get rid of our rice cooker and just use a pressure cooker instead! Now, we often use our Instant Pot white rice and brown rice methods! While it takes about the same amount of time as stovetop white rice, it’s totally hands off! We use this method quite a bit and it always comes out with fluffy rice…every time.
How to make Instant Pot white rice
The main advantage of making Instant Pot white rice is that it’s a totally hands off method. It takes about the same time as rice on the stovetop, but there’s something about the “set it and forget it” method that’s so much easier! We love not having to have another pan on the stovetop, especially if we’re making something like a curry or stir fry. We can easily concentrate on making the main meal, without having to worry about the rice.
Here’s how to make Instant Pot white rice:
- Place 2 cups white rice and 2 cups water in a pressure cooker.
- Pressure cook on High for 8 minutes.
- Natural release for 10 minutes. Open the Instant Pot and season with kosher salt to taste.
And that’s it! It’s an easy method that Alex and I have memorized so that we can whip up rice as a side dish. See below for the full recipe!
How to reheat rice
This Instant Pot white rice recipe uses 2 cups of dry rice, which makes 6 cups of cooked white rice. If this is too much for you to consume at one sitting, you can store leftovers refrigerated or frozen.
You may have noticed that when you refrigerate rice, it gets very dry. Here’s a trick for how to reheat rice so that it’s perfectly moist:
- Place the cold rice in a saucepan on the stovetop.
- Add a small splash of water.
- Heat the rice until it’s warmed through: the water will steam and absorb into the rice.
What Instant Pot / pressure cooker do you recommend?
An Instant Pot is a programmable electric pressure cooker. The concept is to cook foods at high pressure, which cuts down on cooking time and makes for even cooking. There are lots of variations between each brand of pressure cooker, so it’s possible the timing in this recipe could vary based on the type that you have. The pressure cooker we use is this 6 quart Instant Pot. We’ve used it for a year and it works great! We’d highly recommend it.
This Instant Pot white rice recipe is…
Vegan, vegetarian, plant-based, and gluten-free.