How to Cook White Rice in the Instant Pot

If you love rice, you have to try and cook rice in the Instant Pot! It is softer, fluffier, and delicious!

There’s no reason to hang onto your rice cooker with this Instant Pot Rice recipe.  You can make the perfect sticky (or not sticky) rice in your Instant Pot.

When I realized I could make rice in my Instant Pot, my rice cooker went on vacation.  Then I realized that I probably never would use my rice cooker again! I got rid of it, clearing out some much needed storage space in my kitchen cupboards.

This Instant Pot rice turns out perfectly every time.  It’s always soft and fluffy, plus easy to make.

Should you rinse the rice?

Rinsing your rice before cooking can help remove some of the excess starch.  Some people believe this excess starch may lead to sticking and getting the dreaded “BURN” notice on the Instant Pot.

So, while this may seem like an unnecessary step that adds time and a dirty strainer, we highly recommend it! It will be worth it if you want your final product to be fluffy rather than gummy.

What is the cooking Time for white, brown, and wild rice?

When cooking different types of rice in your Instant Pot, the only change you need to make is for cooking time.  The rice to water ratio stays the same: 1 cup rice to 1 ¼ cup water.

Cooking times for the different types of rice are as follows:

  • White or basmati rice: 4-8 minutes
  • Brown rice: 22-24 minutes
  • Wild rice: 25-28 minutes

Looking for more Instant Pot Recipes?
Here are a few you might like.

Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot
Instant Pot Tikki Masala
Instant Pot Creamy Shrimp Alfredo Pasta
Instant Pot Pesto Chicken and Potatoes

Instant Pot Basics.
Making Rice in the Instant Pot is one of the Instant Pot Basics. Here are some of my other basics:

  • Hardboiled Eggs: Just add a little water to the pot, place your eggs on the cooking rack (as many as you’d like), and press the “EGG” button – Perfect hardboiled eggs in just about 10 minutes.
  • Meat: You can cook meat and poultry from frozen or fresh and it always comes out tender and moist – Love!
  • Slow Cooker: Use the Instant Pot just like you would use your crockpot – Set it to cook on low for any amount of time that you’d like, it will automatically turn to “WARM” when the time is up.
  • Dried Beans: Cook them in under 30-minutes with no pre-soaking.

Find 6 MORE if my Instant Pot Basic Recipes HERE.

Have you checked out our YouTube channel?

If you have an Instant Pot, you will want to check out our Youtube channel! Every single Monday Kristen shares a new Instant Pot recipe!

Watch how to make White, Brown, or Wild Rice in the Instant Pot Here:


Serves: 4

How to Cook White Rice in the Instant Pot
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  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 1/4 cup water (or broth for even more flavor)


  1. Rinse rice under cold running water until the water runs clear. Put rice into the Instant Pot.
  2. Lock the lid and set the steam valve to its “sealing” position.
  3. Select the RICE button, MANUAL button, or HIGH PRESSURE button and follow the cooking chart below.
  4. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 9 to 10 minutes and then release any remaining pressure.
  5. Fluff rice with a fork and serve.


COOKING TIMES: White & Basmati Rice: 4-8 minutes Brown Rice: 22-24 minutes Wild Rice: 25-30 minutes


lacto vegetarian
ovo vegetarian
dairy free
egg free
soy free
seafood free
treenut free
sulfite free
sesame free
mustard free



242 cal


53 g


4 g
Click Here For Full Nutrition, Exchanges, and My Plate Info

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12 Responses to “How to Cook White Rice in the Instant Pot”

  1. Just made basmati sticky rice as the directions stated above in the video, rinse, add rice, add water, manual for 9 min, NRP for 10 min and it was PERFECT! I will never buy microwave steamable rice again! I even doubled the recipe but cooked for the same time

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