Instant Pot Jasmine Rice is the perfect complement to Thai curries. This recipe gives you perfectly cooked rice every time, quick and easy. You’ll never go back to regular long-grain rice, especially with Thai food! This recipe can also be cooked using the Pot in Pot method.
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What is Jasmine Rice?
Jasmine rice is a long-grain white rice that’s from Thailand. It gets its name from the jasmine flower because of the floral aroma.
Jasmine rice is sticky when cooked. The grains are also shorter and plumper than other types of rice, like basmati.
Jasmine rice is widely used in Thai cuisine as well as Southeast and South Asian cuisines. It’s particularly well suited for absorbing spices and flavors in dishes like curries.
Making jasmine rice in the Instant Pot results in fluffy rice every single time. There’s no need to use your rice cooker or the stove top to make rice anymore!
Cooking rice in a rice cooker works well, but I haven’t used one in years because the Instant Pot makes perfect rice and it’s one less appliance I have to get out.
The Instant Pot is the perfect way to cook foolproof rice every time. The rice cooks evenly and thoroughly under pressure, so you get tender grains with a bite, but no crunchy or hard pieces.
Learn more about your Instant Pot…
- Natural vs Quick Release: What are the different types of steam release and when should you use them?
- Instant Pot Tips and FAQs: What are some of the most commonly asked questions about the Instant Pot?
- Instant Pot Not Sealing: Why is your Instant Pot not sealing and what can you do to fix it?
- Common Instant Pot Problems: What are the most common problems encountered by Instant Pot users and how to solve them.
- Instant Pot Sous Vide: If you have a Sous Vide button on your Instant Pot, learn how to use it for perfectly cooked foods.
How Do you Cook Jasmine Rice in Instant Pot?
There are two ways to make white jasmine rice in the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker.
Pot in Pot Method
One is the pot-in-pot method, where you pour water into the inner pot, have a separate bowl in which you put rice and cold water, and place that on a trivet in the inner pot. I have a recipe for regular white rice (e.g. basmati rice) that uses the pot in pot method.
With pot-in-pot, I can store the rice in the same dish that I cook it in, and I don’t have a messy inner pot to clean.
Directly in Inner Pot Method
The second method of cooking Instant Pot rice is to cook it directly in the inner pot. This allows you to cook larger quantities of rice than the pot-in-pot method allows for. And that is what I’m going to be showing you in this Instant Pot jasmine rice recipe.
Although the Instant Pot pressure cooker has a Rice button, I prefer to use the Pressure Cook setting (also known as Manual setting). The rice setting uses low pressure for 12 minutes whereas my method uses high pressure and the rice is done in 4 minutes.
Cooking jasmine rice on the stove can be inconsistent because the burner can distribute heat unevenly, leading to hot and cool spots.
This causes parts of the rice to be undercooked while other parts end up mushy. Evaporation also makes it harder for the rice to say hydrated.
❤️ WHY SHOULD YOU MAKE RICE IN THE INSTANT POT?
- The Instant Pot allows you to just set it and forget it – no need to constantly watch the stove. This gives you consistent results every single time.
- The sealed environment of the pressure cooker retains more of the natural nutrients in the rice that can be lost through steaming on the stove.
- Making rice on the stovetop can cause the water to overflow. The Instant Pot doesn’t have this issue, which makes cleanup easy.
- The Keep Warm setting is perfect for keeping the rice ready to serve if your meal is not quite ready yet.
- You can cook big batches for meal prep throughout the week. This recipe for Instant Pot jasmine rice can be easily doubled or tripled, depending on the capacity of your Instant Pot.
💡 Tips for Instant Pot Jasmine Rice
How to get light and fluffy grains
Rinsed rice doesn’t have excess surface starch and will be less sticky, which will result in perfect pressure cooker rice every time.
- I recommend that you rinse the rice thoroughly before you pressure cook it. I like to put the rice in a fine mesh strainer and run it under the faucet till the water runs clear.
- Stir the rice with a fork to fluff it, after opening the lid, to separate the grains while it rests. I usually like to use the rice paddle that came with the Instant Pot.
How to prevent sticking
- Spritzing the pot with oil before adding the rice helps prevent it from sticking.
- Using a nonstick inner pot is also very effective.
- Letting the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes gives time for the rice to settle before you vent the remaining steam.
Refrigerate unused rice immediately or within 2 hours. Leftover rice should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. I use leftover rice to make fried rice.
Using the Pot in Pot Method
Cooking rice in a separate bowl placed directly in the Instant Pot is great for smaller batches or easier cleanup. See my pot-in-pot rice recipe for step-by-step instructions.
Change the Quantity
This recipe is for 3 cups of jasmine rice and makes about 9 cups of cooked rice. You can adjust the quantities, but keep the same cook time and keep the rice to water ratio at 1:1.25. For 1 cup of rice, use 1 ¼ cup of water.
Use the same dry measuring cup to measure the rice and the water.
|DRY RICE (cups)||WATER (cups)|
|2 ½||3 ⅛|
|3 ½||4 ⅓|
You can change the recipe up and add more flavor by doing any of the following:
- Substitute the water with chicken broth or vegetable broth.
- Add a teaspoon of olive oil, coconut oil, vegetable oil, or butter to add flavor.
- Add ¾ teaspoon of salt.
- Replace ¼ quantity of liquid with coconut milk. Be sure to stir the water and coconut milk together well. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil to the rice and water for even more coconut flavor.
How to Release Presssure
Once pressure cooking has completed, you can either wait 10 minutes and release pressure OR you can allow for a natural pressure release. I do either, depending on how much time I have.
If you soak it ahead of time, you could end up with sticky and mushy rice. For this recipe, you just need to rinse your rice. It’s also possible that you need to add a little less water.
The Instant Pot takes about 10 minutes to come to pressure, another 4 minutes to pressure cook the rice, and another 15 minutes for natural release. This brings the total time to about 29 minutes.
Leftover jasmine rice can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days. Refrigerate the leftover rice immediately.
You can use chicken or vegetable broth instead of water for more flavor.
🧂 Instant Pot Jasmine Rice Ingredients
Quantities provided in the recipe card at the bottom of this post
📝 How to Cook Jasmine Rice in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
- Add rice and water to the Instant Pot
- Pressure cook the rice and release pressure
- Fluff the rice
Add Rice and Water to Instant Pot
- Wash the rice and place the rinsed rice in the Instant Pot.
- Add water to the Instant Pot.
Program the Instant Pot and release pressure
- Close the lid.
- Program the Instant Pot to pressure cook on high pressure for 22 minutes.
- The display will go from On to 22:00. The float valve will go up after a few minutes. The display will count down to 00:00.
- Do a 15 minute natural release of pressure. Wait 15 minutes and release any remaining pressure. Once the float valve goes down, the lid can be opened.
Fluff the Rice
- Once the rice is cooked, it may appear sticky or wet.
- Fluff up the cooked rice with a rice paddle or fork. Let the rice rest for a few minutes for perfect Instant Pot fragrant jasmine rice. The rice paddle that comes with some Instant Pots is very useful!
Instant Pot Tips and Tricks
Learn about how to use the Delay Start feature, which allows you to begin pressure cooking at a future time.
Pot in Pot
Find out how to use the Pot in Pot cooking method, which allows you to cook multiple foods together.
Find out how long to cook any type of food in the Instant Pot and what method of pressure release to use.
More Instant Pot Rice Recipes
- Instant Pot basmati rice is another white rice that’s aromatic and fragrant. This recipe can be used for other long grain white rice varieties too.
- Try making pot in pot brown rice using the PIP method for smaller quantities of rice and easy cleanup.
- Arroz con Pollo a Latin chicken and rice easy recipe that comes out perfect every time.
Instant Pot Jasmine Rice
- 3 cups Jasmine rice
- 3 ¾ cups water
Cook Directly in Inner Pot
- Rinse out Jasmine rice in a fine-mesh strainer and drain.
- Place rice and water in Instant Pot inner pot. Stir to combine.
- Close the lid and pressure cook on High Pressure for 4 minutes.
- Once pressure cooking is complete, do a 10-minute natural release (i.e. let the rice stay in Keep Warm mode for 10 minutes after cooking is complete. Release remaining steam to depressurize Instant Pot), or allow pressure to release naturally. Open the lid. [Read More: The Different Pressure Release Methods]
- Open Instant Pot and fluff rice with a fork before serving.
Use Pot in Pot Method *
- Rinse out 2 cups of Jasmine rice in a fine-mesh sieve and drain.
- Transfer rinsed rice and 2½ cups of water to a 1.75 quart or larger oven-safe medium bowl.
- Pour 2 cups water into the Instant Pot's main compartment (inner pot) and place a trivet in the water.
- Place rice bowl on trivet and close the Instant Pot.
- Close the lid and pressure cook on High Pressure for 4 minutes.
- Do a 10 or 15 minute natural pressure release. [Read More: The Different Pressure Release Methods]
- Open Instant Pot and fluff rice with fork and allow it to rest for a few minutes before serving.
- * To use the pot in pot method, the recipe has been adjusted to use 2 cups of rice.
- To adjust the quantities, keep the ratio of rice to water at 1:1.25.
- Be sure to use the same cup for measuring both rice and water.
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