Cooking dinner is a breeze when you make Instant Pot white rice. Completely hands off, this easy method of cooking rice is fool-proof.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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:
- 1 cup long grain white rice (see note)
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon oil of choice or butter (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- In a fine mesh colander, rinse rice well until water runs clear, about 1 minute.
- 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.
- Secure cover, turn valve to seal, and set Instant Pot on the “pressure cook” (or “manual,” depending on model) setting for 4 minutes on high pressure. It will take about 5 minutes to come to full pressure.
- When the timer goes off, let pressure naturally release for 10 minutes (in other words, leave it alone).
- Once 10 minutes has elapsed, quick release remaining pressure, fluff with a fork, and serve.
- Recipe can easily be doubled or tripled using same proportions (1 cup rice: 1 cup water). It will take longer for the Instant Pot to come to full pressure (8 minutes for 2 cups rice, 10 minutes for 3 cups rice). Cook 4 minutes, with 10 minutes natural release
- Newer Instant Pot models have a "Rice" pre-programmed setting. Feel free to use that, if you like.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.
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.