Instant Pot Brown Rice – How To Cook Brown Rice In A Pressure Cooker

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Instant Pot makes a perfectly cooked fluffy brown rice with no effort from you whatsoever! This is the only Instant Pot brown rice recipe you’ll ever need!

Instant Pot Brown Rice

Before I got an Instant Pot, I always made brown rice in a rice cooker.  Now my rice cooker has been gathering dust because the Instant Pot can do exactly what rice cooker does – cook perfect rice unattended while you relax!

Perfect Brown Rice In The Instant Pot

Cooking brown rice on the stove takes 50 minutes, but it only takes 30 minutes in the Instant Pot! But the biggest advantage of the Instant Pot over the stovetop method is the fact that you don’t have to “babysit” the pot.

Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe

If you are cooking brown rice on the stove, you have to constantly watch it – first see when it starts boiling, then have to reduce heat, make sure the rice doesn’t burn, etc.  Stovetop brown rice is plain tricky and inconsistent – it’s like a slot machine, sometimes it turns out well and sometimes it doesn’t, despite your best efforts.  Unlike stovetop, Instant Pot brown rice is consistent, predictable and effortless.

How To Cook Brown Rice In The Instant Pot

When you put brown rice and water in the Instant Pot and press a button, you will get the same perfectly cooked brown rice every single time.  You can truly count on it.

If you like brown rice, you will love these easy and yummy recipes:

Sweet Potato Chickpea Brown Rice Bowl – use your freshly cooked brown rice to make yourself healthy lunches for the whole week with this wholesome delicious meal prep recipe!

Cilantro Lime Brown Rice – tastes just like Chipotle brown rice!  Just dump all recipe ingredients in the Instant Pot (instead of rice cooker) to make this amazing copycat Chipotle cilantro lime rice!

Brown Rice Burrito Bowls – another healthy meal prep option using brown rice!  Replicate Chipotle’s burrito bowls with fresh homemade ingredients, so yummy!

Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Legs – did you know Instant Pot can cook meat from frozen? Dump frozen chicken legs into your Instant Pot and have delicious dinner on the table in 30 minutes!  You can take this recipe a step further and cook your chicken legs AND brown rice in the Instant Pot at the same time! YES! The cooking time for them is about the same, so just combine the ingredients from two recipes and cook everything in one Instant Pot (cooking time 25 minutes on High Pressure) – amazing!

Perfect Instant Pot Brown Rice

My Instant Pot model is DUO Plus 6 Quart and it works perfectly!  Every recipe I tried making in it turned out yummy, and it truly saves so much time!

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Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe

Instant Pot cooks amazing brown rice while you relax! This brown rice is so fluffy and the texture is perfect! This is the only Instant Pot brown rice recipe you'll ever need!
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Put brown rice, water and salt in the Instant Pot.
  • Set the valve on the Instant Pot to Seal.
  • Set the Instant Pot on "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" on High Pressure for 20 minutes.
  • Let the Instant Pot release pressure naturally for 20 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure.
  • Open the lid of the Instant Pot and fluff the brown rice with a fork.
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  1. My rice turned out absolutely perfect! I used vege stock instead of water. Thanks for posting this recipe!

  2. Since I always rinse my rice before cooking, my method was to rinse the 2 cups of rice in 3 cups of water, drain the water into my measuring cup, and see how much water the rice absorbed. After 3 rinsings, the rice kept 1/4 cup of the water. So, I put in 2 more cups of water to make the total 2 1/4 cups.

    Then, I decided to try the pot-in-pot method, using a vented lid on an inner pot which was placed on a trivet. I added 1 1/2 cups of water to the liner pot, set the trivet inside, and placed an inner pot with my rice and water, set a slotted lid on it, put the big lid on, and followed your cooking directions. What else can I say? My brown rice came out perfectly cooked! Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    To Melanie, thank you for all your amazing “recipes” that you are sharing. I knew nothing about and on how to use my Instant Pot, until I came to your website. Again “thank You”, I really appreciate you and how you go to that extra level to explain how it is done and what the amazing results are. Thank you again, for your time and how to prepare. Linda

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