Instant Pot Rice

So long, rice cooker! This Instant Pot rice comes out perfectly every time. Fluffy and flavorful, it's delicious as a side dish, in grain bowls, and more.

Instant pot rice

I first tried this Instant Pot rice recipe last fall, and to be honest, I don’t think I’ve cooked rice any other way since. Nothing against the stovetop or the rice cooker, of course, but the convenience and reliable results of this Instant Pot rice recipe just can’t be beat. It’s super quick and easy, and the rice comes out tender, fluffy, and flavorful every time. If you have an Instant Pot, you have to try it!

Overhead shot of uncooked white rice scattered on dark blue background

How to Make Instant Pot Rice

This recipe couldn’t be simpler! To make it, you’ll need two ingredients:

  1. White rice
  2. Water

This recipe only works for white jasmine or basmati rice, as other kinds of rice, like brown or black rice, have different cooking times. I haven’t nailed down a pressure cooker method for cooking black rice yet, but if you have brown rice, you can find cooking instructions in this post!

Pouring water into Instant Pot with rice

Rinse the rice well and place it in the Instant Pot. Pour in the water and secure the Instant Pot’s lid.

Pressure cook on high pressure for 3 minutes, and then allow the Instant Pot to release pressure naturally. When the float valve drops, remove the lid.

Fluff the rice with a fork, and enjoy!

Serve the rice right away, or allow it to cool to room temperature. Store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. For longer storage, freeze it for up to 3 months.

Fluffy white rice in Instant Pot with fork

Instant Pot Rice Recipe Tips

  • Rinse the rice. Whether you’re cooking rice in the Instant Pot or on the stove, I always recommend rinsing it first. To do this, place it in a fine mesh strainer set over a bowl, and rinse the rice under running water until the water runs clear in the bowl. This process washes away excess starches that can cause the rice to clump, giving it a lighter, fluffier texture once it’s cooked.
  • Scale the recipe to your Instant Pot. I always cook 2 cups of rice at a time in my 6-quart Instant Pot. Because it’s on the larger side, just 1 cup tends to scorch on the bottom of the pot. But if you have a smaller, 3-quart Instant Pot, feel free to make just 1 cup of rice! You’ll use the same cook time and rice to water ratio.
  • Not sure how to use your rice? We can help! I’m guessing that you’ll have no trouble coming up with ways to eat your rice, but if you do need some inspiration, we have tons of ideas! Toss it with olive oil or butter and salt for a simple side dish, or serve it alongside a curry or stir fry. Turn it into cilantro lime rice to make zesty stuffed peppers or Chipotle-style burrito bowls. Or leave it plain and add it to a DIY grain bowl with your favorite vegetables, a protein, and a tasty sauce. Find 15 of our favorite rice bowl recipes here!

Instant Pot rice recipe

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Instant Pot Rice

rate this recipe:
4.72 from 14 votes
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves 4
This easy Instant Pot rice recipe comes out perfectly every time! Light, fluffy, and fragrant, it's delicious as a side dish, in grain bowls, and more. Find our favorite serving suggestions in the post above.


  • 2 cups uncooked white jasmine rice, well rinsed
  • 2 cups water


  • Combine the rice and water in a 6-quart Instant Pot. Secure the lid and Pressure Cook on High for 3 minutes.
  • Allow the Instant Pot to release pressure naturally. When the float valve drops, remove the lid.
  • Fluff the rice and enjoy.


Yield: about 6 cups cooked rice


4.72 from 14 votes (8 ratings without comment)

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  1. Kim

    Does this recipe double well? Feeding a large crowd of 50+ people and this will be one of the side dishes.

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

      Hi Kim, yes, we’ve doubled it successfully before.

  2. Brittany

    5 stars
    I’ve always somehow had a difficult time cooking rice, it was either too crunchy or too soft all the time. I recently have been trying instant pot recipes and came across this recipe for instant pot rice and IT DID NOT DISSAPOINT this rice came out absolutely PERFECT i will definitely be doing rice like this EVERY TIME ❤️

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad your rice has been perfect!

  3. Paul

    5 stars
    This cooked my rice perfectly — first time ever in an instant pot. I can’t believe how much it deviates from the “rice” setting at 12 minutes. I thought I had the proportions wrong but I was way overcooking it using the preset.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad your rice worked out perfectly!

  4. Rachel

    5 stars
    Do I need to make any changes for a 8qt IP?

  5. Steven

    1 star
    I followed the instructions, cooked 2 cups of rice on “pressure cook”, had to stop the instantpot before it finished cooking because it says that the food was burning. When I checked the pot, the rice was stuck to the bottom. Although it was cooked it was too hot and burned my rice.

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

      Hi Steven, how disappointing! What size IP do you have?

      • Tetreaue

        This happened to me too with my 6qt pot. Went from preheating for 10 mins to a food burnt warning (2 cups water and 2 cups jasmine rice). However, it actually had cooked the rice pretty well at that point, so… yay?

    • Scott

      5 stars
      A few tips:

      – Do not reduce this recipe. 2 cups of water is needed for proper operation of the instant pot. Any less and it will burn. I suggest you freeze the leftovers, since refrigerated rice grows bacteria quickly, and it must be eaten within two or three days.

      – 3 minutes will produce a slightly al dente rice. If your rice is more than six months old, it may take a little longer to cook. Additionally, if you like your rice a little softer, as I do, give it a little extra time. I generally set my pot for five minutes. The rice comes out soft and moist. You may want to experiment once or twice until you find the perfect time for your preferred texture.

      – if you do increase the cook time to five minutes, you can manually release the pressure after two or three minutes of rest. For the three minute cook time, I would probably let the pot come to full natural pressure release, as that pressure release time is part of the cooking process. A quick release after only three minutes of cooking will yield undercooked rice..

  6. Sharon

    I see the positive comments here and a few other places where a similar method is used, but for some reason I can’t get it to work for me. I rinsed the rice several times, and followed the instructions exactly (except I just did one cup of rice/water) and the rice is definitely undercooked. Any idea what I might be doing wrong?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Sharon, hmm, what type of rice are you using? It’s white rice for sure?

      • Sharon

        Yes, it was definitely white rice…I think I used Jasmine. I tried it again and added just a bit more water and set it for 5 minutes instead of 3. It was still not quite completely cooked, but better than my first try.

        • Jack

          Add up to half a cup of extra water to compensate for evaporation during cooking, and ensure it’s set on High. I personally prefer 5 minutes rather than 3. Do not manually release pressure when cooking is done. Instead, wait several minutes for the little metal pressure seal to drop. If you’re not sure, use a long spoon to lightly tap the side of the weight. Nothing will happen if the pressure is fully released. But if it hisses, it’s not done depressurizing.

    • Bee

      It only works with 2+ cups of rice is what I learned. Because the level of the water is so low with only 1 cup.

  7. Brandi

    Would this timing be accurate for regular white rice? I got plain white rice from the food bank and I’ve never made anything but minute rice or microwave rice

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

      Hi Brandi, yes, this recipe should work for regular white rice in the Instant Pot.

  8. Courtney

    5 stars
    Made the perfect Jasmine Rice. I had a few ingredients in the fridge in case of a power outage during a winter storm, but everything necessary for a California Roll. Following your instructions made an amazing pot of rice. Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad your rice came out perfectly!

  9. Bob Sanders

    Why are we rinsing white rice? I don’t get it?

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

      Hi Bob, rinsing the rice removes starches from the outsides of the grains that can make them sticky. Hope this helps!

    • Stephanie

      Hi Bob !
      When naturally releasing the pressure on the rice do you shut off the ‘keep warm’ mode ?

      Thanks for your reply

      • Tamara

        Wondering this too.

        • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

          Hi Tamara, you can tell when the Instant Pot has finished releasing pressure naturally when the float valve drops. You can leave the keep warm mode on until you’re ready to serve the rice or turn it off. This method should work either way!

  10. Laurie

    I cooked rice in the Instant Pot but didn’t like the way it stuck to the pot, making clean up a pain, I started cooking rice as you would spaghetti and it only takes about 5 minutes of cooking time and is so fluffy!! Of course, wash rice. I got a specific colander to wash and drain the rice. So quick and easy!! And, you can save the rice water for other things.

  11. Chanel

    Does this method work with Basmati rice as well?

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