Instant Pot white rice always comes out perfectly cooked and fluffy! Learn how to to cook rice in the Instant Pot pressure cooker for perfect results every single time.
Instant Pot pressure cooker is amazing for cooking rice! When you learn how to cook rice in your Instant Pot, you will no longer need your rice cooker! Instant Pot white rice is just as good as rice cooker white rice, and making it is so easy and effortless!
You can cook any type of rice in your Instant Pot – white or brown. Brown rice takes a longer time to cook then white, so if you are looking for brown rice instructions please check out my guide for Instant Pot brown rice.
Instant Pot White Rice Water Ratio
This rice-to-water ratio depends on whether or not you rinse your rice before cooking. I’m really lazy so I never rinse my rice :) When the rice is rinsed, the rice is wet so it already includes some water and the ratio has to be adjusted.
For unrinsed (dry) white rice, the Instant Pot rice-to-water ratio is 1 cup of unrinsed rice to 1 1/4 cup of water.
For rinsed (wet) white rice, the Instant Pot rice-to-water ratio is 1 cup of unrinsed rice to 1 cup of water.
Instant Pot White Rice Cooking Time
White rice cooks takes 5 minutes of cooking in Instant Pot on High pressure, followed by 10 minutes natural pressure release. This means you need to use the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” button on default High pressure and set the timer for 5 minutes. After the rice is done cooking, allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then open the valve and release the remaining pressure. Perfect white rice will be ready!
You might be wondering why I’m using the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” button instead of the obvious “Rice” button on the Instant Pot. That’s because the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” option is much faster!
The “Rice” button is programmed to cook on Low pressure and takes 12 minutes to cook rice instead of 5. All things being equal, I’d rather spend 5 minutes on cooking rice then twelve :)
If you like this Instant Pot white rice recipe, you will also love these other easy and yummy recipes:
Cilantro Lime Rice – add the same ingredients to your Instant Pot to make this Chipotle-style cilantro lime rice!
Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli – make perfectly cooked steamed broccoli in your Instant Pot!
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes – making mashed potatoes has never been easier! You don’t even have to drain them!
How To Cook Frozen Chicken Breast In The Instant Pot – from frozen to delicious dinner in just 30 minutes!
Instant Pot Meatballs – so juicy and tender! Instant Pot is perfect for making meatballs in tomato sauce!
- 1 cup white rice, unrinsed
- 1¼ cup water
- ¼ tsp salt
- Put rice, water and salt in the Instant Pot pressure cooker.
- Close the lid of the Instant Pot and set the valve to Sealing position.
- Press the "Pressure Cook" or "Manual" button, and set the time to 5 minutes on High pressure.
- When the rice finishes cooking and timer beeps, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then open the valve to release the remaining pressure.
- Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.