You may be wondering whether Instant Pot rice is as quick, easy and perfectly cooked as rice made in a rice cooker. I had used a rice cooker for many years and always loved it. Once I got my Instant Pot and started making rice in it, I found that I have no need for a rice cooker at all. Making rice in the Instant Pot works just as well as the rice cooker. It’s great because there’s no need to plan ahead. For instance, last night I realized that we didn’t have enough rice to go with the leftover Fish Molee Curry, and I cooked a batch of pot in pot Instant Pot rice on the spot a few minutes before dinner.
There are two ways to make Instant Pot rice. You can either cook it directly in the inner pot that comes with the Instant Pot, or you can cook it in a smaller oven-safe bowl that’s placed inside the inner pot. This is called the “Pot in Pot” method (often referred to as “PIP”). I use a Pyrex glass bowl and it works perfectly for one cup of uncooked rice. I think it could easily accommodate 1.5 cups of uncooked rice. Here I show you how to make Instant Pot rice using the PIP method.
If you’d like to make a larger quantity, you can cook the rice directly in the inner pot using my Fragrant Instant Pot Jasmine Rice recipe. For basmati rice, I find that using a 1:1 ratio of rice to water works just great. If you’d like to make Jasmine rice, increase the quantity of water a bit. I use a 1:1.25 ratio of Jasmine rice to water. You could try and substitute chicken broth or coconut milk mixed with water if you’d like to try something different. The coconut milk needs to be thinned out or your Instant Pot may not come to pressure.
If you’re new to the Instant Pot and aren’t familiar with how to use it, please read the Instant Pot DUO Beginner’s Quick Start Guide or the Instant Pot ULTRA Beginner’s Quick Start Guide first and then come back here to learn how to cook perfect Jasmine Rice in the Instant Pot.
How to make Instant Pot Pot in Pot Rice (Step-by-Step Instructions)
- Rinse out 1 cup of basmati rice in a fine mesh sieve.
- Transfer rice from sieve to a Pyrex glass bowl.
- Add 1 cup water to the bowl.
- Pour 2 cups water into inner pot.
- Place trivet in the inner pot.
- Place glass bowl on trivet.
- Close the Instant Pot.
- Make sure the steam release handle is in the ‘Sealing’ position.
- Press ‘Manual’ (or ‘Pressure Cook’) and ‘+’ or ‘-‘ until the display reads ‘6’.
- Instant Pot display will change to ‘On’.
- Once the Instant Pot is pressurized and the float valve is up, display will count down from 6 to 0.
- Display will read ‘L000’ and start to count up.
- Wait till the count-up timer reads L0:10 (10 minutes.)
- Do a Quick Release: move the steam release handle to ‘Venting’. I like to place a folded towel over the steam release handle and move it to the venting position. Remove the towel after turning the knob.
- When your Instant Pot is depressurized, the float valve will be in the down position.
- It’s now safe to open the Instant Pot. (Press ‘Cancel’ to turn off Instant Pot.)
- Your Instant Pot rice should be perfectly cooked.
- Fluff Instant Pot rice with a fork and serve.
Instant Pot Rice | Pot-in-Pot Method (PIP)
A step by step guide to cooking Instant Pot Pot in Pot (PIP) Rice. Perfectly cooked rice every time, quick and easy.
- 1 cup basmati rice
- 1 cup water
Rinse out 1 cup of basmati rice in a fine mesh sieve.
Transfer rinsed rice and 1 cup water to an oven-safe glass bowl.
Pour 2 cups water into the Instant Pot’s main compartment (inner pot) and place trivet in water.
Place glass bowl on trivet and close Instant Pot. Make sure the steam release handle is in the ‘Sealing’ position.
Cook on ‘Manual’ (or 'Pressure Cook') mode for 6 minutes. Let the rice stay in ‘Keep Warm’ mode for 10 minutes after cooking is complete.
Release remaining steam to depressurize Instant Pot.
Open Instant Pot and fluff rice with fork before serving.
- To substitute Jasmine rice, change the ratio of rice to water to 1 : 1 1/4 and only cook for 4 minutes.
I am not a certified nutritionist. I provide my best estimate of nutritional information merely as a courtesy to my readers. If you depend on nutritional information for dietary or health reasons, I suggest using your favorite online nutrition calculator to confirm the nutritional value of this recipe based on the actual ingredients that you use.
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