Instant Pot Rice is a quick and easy side dish that is a cinch to prepare! Rice, water, oil, and salt are poured into the instant pot and cooked until perfectly fluffy with the touch of a button.

Instant pot rice in a bowl garnished with chives

This isn’t your grandmother’s pressure cooker…well kind of but it’s safer, quieter, and infinitely easier to operate! Instant pots are countertop pressure cookers that can do everything from hard boil eggs to making yogurt, and cooking a whole rack of ribs in an no time at all!

Let’s Make Instant Pot Rice!

Wild rice, basmati, long-grain brown rice, jasmine rice, and plain old white rice are a cinch to make in the instant pot and most models will have automatic settings for a perfect result every time!

  1. Rinse rice, making sure there are no small pebbles or debris. Rinsing the rice removes starches from the outside so your rice isn’t sticky. Add rice and water to the Instant Pot.
  2. Cook on high pressure for the times mentioned below (or manufacturer’s instructions for that particular model).
  3. Allow to naturally release for 15 minutes. Do not release early or your rice may not be cooked.

Rice to Water Ratio

The rice to water ratio in an Instant Pot is not the same as it is for stove top or what it shows on the package of rice. There is little evaporation in the IP so you need less water.

For white rice in the Instant Pot, most recipes call for a 1:1 ratio but I do find the rice needs just a tiny bit more in my IP so I add 1 cup rice, 1 cup water plus a couple of tablespoons and it comes out perfectly every time.

Brown rice, wild rice and other varieties need a bit more water than white rice.

Instant pot rice in an instant pot

How Long Does it Cook For?

Most instant pots have an automatic setting for making rice but it should only be used for white rice.

In a 6QT Instant Pot

  • Long Grain White Rice: 4-6 minutes on high pressure + 15 minute natural release
  • Brown Rice: 22-25 minutes on high pressure + 15 minute natural release (brown rice needs more water than white rice, add 1 cup rice, 1 1/3 cup water)
  • Wild Rice (not a blend): 30 minutes on high pressure + 15 minute natural release (wild rice needs more water than white rice. Add 1 cup rice and 1 2/3 cup water )

Natural release just means that when it’s done cooking, leave the Instant Pot undisturbed (do not open the lid) and the pressure will naturally begin to release. At the end of the 15 minutes natural release, you can manually release any remaining pressure (by opening the valve, this can vary depending on your model) although there should be very little pressure left.

How to Store Leftover Rice

Make sure the liquid is drained from rice and fluff with a for before storing in the fridge or freezer.

  • To store keep rice in an air-tight container and it will keep about a week.
  • To refresh, fluff with a fork and reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop with a little bit of water.
  • To freeze, scoop into zippered bags, label with the date and lay flat on the bottom of the freezer. Once fully frozen, store stacked upright to save space.

More Instant Pot Favorites

Instant pot rice garnished with chives in a bowl
4.80 from 5 votes↑ Click stars to rate now!
Or to leave a comment, click here!

Instant Pot Rice

Instant Pot Rice is a quick and easy side dish that only uses 4 ingredients and takes under 10 minutes to prepare!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Pressure Build & Natural Release 22 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 cup water + 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Rinse rice and pour into Instant Pot with water, oil, and salt.
  • Lock lid and set Instant Pot to Manual High for 4 mins
  • Allow to naturally release for 15 mins.
  • Release remaining pressure, fluff rice with a fork and serve.
4.80 from 5 votes↑ Click stars to rate now!
Or to leave a comment, click here!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 60 | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American

Like our recipes?
Follow us on Pinterest!

Follow us on Pinterest

Rice in a bowl garnished with chives with a title
Rice in a bowl garnished with chives with writing
Raw rice in an instant pot and cooked rice in a bowl with a title


, ,

Recipes you'll love

About the author

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!
See more posts by Holly

Follow Holly on social media:

pinterest facebook twitter instagram

Free eBook!

Subscribe to receive weekly recipes and get a FREE Bonus e-book: Quick & Easy Weeknight Meals!

You can unsubscribe anytime by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of emails you receive.

latest & greatest

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Rating


  1. Hi,
    Assuming that the instant pot and any other current electric pressure cookers cook at the same temperature and pressure, how does extending the cook time beyond say, 3 minutes, effect the finished product? I’ve been using 3 minutes and a 10 minute natural release for quite a while and the rice comes out fully cooked. Also, the recipe I use uses 1 and a quarter cups of water for 1 cup of rice. If I were to extend it to 4 or more, how would that turn out? If it would improve it, I’m all for it.
    Thanks!4 stars

    1. I can’t compare for certain as I’ve only used the method above. If you give it a try, let us know how it goes!