Here’s how to make Instant Pot brown rice! A pressure cooker can double as a rice cooker: it’s a totally hands off way to cook this whole grain.
What really convinced Alex and me to finally get an Instant Pot was this: it doubles as a rice cooker! That meant we could get rid of our rice cooker to make way for a pressure cooker. While we’ve been cooking all sorts of things in our Instant Pot, one of our favorite ways to use it is for rice. It’s a totally hands off method, and it saves time too. Here’s our Instant Pot brown rice recipe!
How to make Instant Pot brown rice
Cooking brown rice in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker is easy and a totally hands off method! We love that it frees up the stovetop for the main dish, like when we’re cooking a curry or stir fry. Using a pressure cooker also saves time! On the stovetop it can take up to 55 minutes to cook. How long does Instant Pot brown rice take? About 35 minutes — including “preheat” and natural release time. The cooking portion is only 20 minutes!
Here’s how to cook brown rice in the Instant Pot:
- Place 2 cups brown rice and 2 cups water into the Instant Pot.
- Pressure cook on High for 20 minutes.
- Natural release for 10 minutes. Open the Instant Pot, fluff the rice, and stir in kosher salt to taste.
White rice vs. brown rice
With white rice being so much quicker to cook than brown rice, why would you want to eat it? Turns out, brown rice has a lot of nutritional benefits. Brown rice has an impressive amount of vitamins, minerals and beneficial compounds because it is less processed than white rice. If you want to get technical…
- White rice has its hull, bran and germ removed.
- Brown rice keeps the nutrient-packed bran and germ and only has the hull removed. So it retains the nutrients that white rice lacks such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It also has more fiber.
In summary: Brown rice is packed with more nutrients than white rice! So when you can find time to cook it, brown rice is a great choice.
What Instant Pot / pressure cooker do you use?
An Instant Pot is a brand of programmable electric pressure cookers. The concept is to cook foods at high pressure, which cuts down on cooking time and makes for even cooking. There are lots of brands of pressure cookers, including Instant Pot. The pressure cooker we use is this 6 quart Instant Pot. We’ve been using it for years and highly recommend it!
Get it: 6 quart Instant Pot | Amazon
How to store and reheat rice
This brown rice in Instant Pot recipe uses 2 cups of dry rice, which makes 6 cups of cooked rice. To store any leftover rice, place it in a sealed container and refrigerate for 2 to 3 days or freeze for a few months.
You may notice that cold rice becomes very dry. So how to reheat cold rice? Add a splash of water when you reheat it! You can reheat either in the microwave or on the stovetop. When you heat the rice, add a drizzle of water and heat it until it’s warmed through. It should absorb all the liquid and become moist!
This Instant Pot brown rice recipe is…
Vegan, vegetarian, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.