Cooking dinner is a breeze when you make Instant Pot white rice. Completely hands off, this easy method of cooking rice is fool-proof.

Overhead view of a small bowl of white rice on a white/gray background. Rice is sprinkled with black pepper. A fork and a blue and white checkered linen are also pictured.

It seems like everyone has a favorite method to cook rice. There are about as many ways to cook rice as there are varieties of rice. Basically, rice is steamed or boiled, whether it’s in a rice cooker, sauce pan, or in a covered casserole in the oven. And, of course, there’s always good ol’ Minute Rice, which is parboiled to make the cooking time really short. Or maybe you like the “heat and serve” packets of already cooked rice.

While those methods are all fine, I think you’re going to love cooking rice in your Instant Pot. Start it and forget it! It’ll be ready when you are. It’s much tastier and way more economical to cook your own rice. You all can handle it — it’s really easy! I promise.

Overhead view of rice in an instant pot pressure cooker with a wooden spoon stuck into it.

Uncooked white rice can be stored in your pantry four to five years, making it a practical staple. Go ahead, buy that ten pound bag if it’s a good deal. If you freeze it, rice will last indefinitely!

Super simplified rice primer

 

Maybe you’re a little confused about rice varieties. There are literally thousands of them! Brown rice is a whole grain, and hasn’t been processed to remove the bran and germ, and is considered more nutritious. Long grain white rice can also include basmati and jasmine varieties, and comes out lighter and drier when cooked, perfect for pilafs. Medium grain rice, like Arborio, is moist but not overly starchy, and is used for dishes like risotto. Short grain rice forms stickier clumps, and is used for desserts, like rice pudding.

White rice in a small bowl with an instant pot pressure cooker in the background as well as a fork and a blue and white checkered linen.

About this Instant Pot white rice:

Making long grain white rice is so easy. Rinse the rice well before cooking. Why? Rinsing removes excess starch from the grains of rice. It keeps the rice from clumping together and getting sticky. Rinse until the water runs clear for rice that is fluffy, but not sticky. 

Add the rinsed rice to your Instant Pot insert, along with water, oil, and salt. Secure cover. 

If you have a newer Instant Pot model, you may have a pre-programmed setting for rice. This program cooks on low pressure, and includes three modes to select from, Less, Normal, and More, depending on how firm/soft you like your rice.

If you have an older Instant Pot like me (or if you’d like to have more control over it), you will cook the rice for eight minutes with ten minute natural release. Remember to allow extra time for the Instant Pot to come to pressure. 

That’s so easy, isn’t it?

Serve rice with: maple glazed baked salmon or pork medallions with lemon garlic sauce. Serve creamy chicken with mushrooms over rice. Rice is essential for your stir fry dishes, like sweet chili chicken stir fry, sweet and sour chicken, or this easy beef and vegetable stir fry

Close up view of a bowl of fluffy cooked white rice topped with cracked black pepper.

How to make this rice your own:

Rice is pretty much a blank page which is why it makes such a great side.

  • Add your favorite seasonings or fresh chopped herbs to make your rice special.
  • Sprinkle sharp Cheddar or grated Parmesan cheese on rice for a tasty side dish.
  • Mix in sauteéd onions, mushrooms, or another veggie of your choice. Chopped greens are good, too.
  • Stir in cilantro and lime to make this cilantro-lime rice, a Chipotle copycat. 
  • Spread rice on a plate, butter it, and sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon (my grandpa’s favorite way to eat rice).

Cooked white rice in a bowl with a fork next to it, a blue and white linen and an instant pot are in the background.

Storage and Reheating Tips

Store leftover rice in a covered container in the fridge for four to five days. Leftover rice can be reheated successfully in the microwave, in a saucepan on the stove, or in the oven. Our friends at Kitchn have really good directions on how to reheat rice.

Leftover rice is great for fried rice!

Looking for more Instant Pot basics?

Don’t you love how convenient it is to cook with your Instant Pot? I think I could almost get rid of my stove! Here’s more recipes for you:

 

Overhead view of rice in an instant pot pressure cooker with a wooden spoon stuck into it.

Instant Pot White Rice

Yield: 9 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

Cooking dinner is a breeze when you make Instant Pot white rice. Completely hands off, this easy method of cooking rice is fool-proof.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups long grain white rice
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon oil of choice or butter
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. In a fine mesh colander, rinse rice well until water runs clear.
  2. Add rice to the insert of your Instant Pot. Add water, oil, and salt. push down any rice that may be on the side of the pot to submerge in liquid.
  3. Secure cover, turn valve to seal, and set Instant Pot on the “pressure cook” (or “manual,” depending on model) setting for 8 minutes on high pressure. When the timer goes off, let naturally release for 10 minutes (in other words, leave it alone).
  4. Once 10 minutes has elapsed, quick release pressure, fluff with a fork, and serve.

Notes

  • Newer Instant Pot models have a "Rice" pre-programmed setting. Feel free to use that, if you like.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 94Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 250mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

RachelCooks.com sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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Verdict: There is something so comforting about rice, and I love how hands-off this method of making rice is.
Husband’s take: Ben loves it when I make rice with any meal and he’s always a fan of how this rice turns out.
Changes I would make: None are necessary.
Difficulty: Easy!