Making Instant Pot rice is so easy. I’ve had a rice cooker for many many years. As a matter of fact, I got my rice cooker as a wedding present. I liked it so much that when it stopped working after 10 years, I ordered the same exact one! But now, my old friend Rice Cooker has moved to the basement to join friends Pressure Cooker and Slow Cooker! Making rice in the Instant Pot is so useful to me 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 Instant Pot rice on the spot a few minutes before dinner.
In my Instant Pot Quick Start blog post, I promised I would post a chicken curry recipe next, but (I’m sorry!) I’ve changed my mind because I feel that it’s important for us to start with the basics like rice and eggs before moving on to something more complicated. I know this is ‘just rice’, and so this blog post might appear more complicated than necessary, but I’ve heard back from people who really like the step-by-step instructions, so hope this helps you too! If any of the terminology is unfamiliar to you, I would read the Instant Pot Quick Start blog post first.
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 worked perfectly for one cup of uncooked rice. I think it could easily accommodate 1.5 cups of uncooked rice. If you’d like to make a larger quantity, you can cook the rice directly in the inner pot using the recipe in the Instant Pot manual or by visiting Pressure Cooking Today’s Pressure Cooker White Rice post.
Instant Pot Rice Pot in Pot Method 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’ 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.)
- 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.
- 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 ‘Keep Warm/Cancel’ to turn off Instant Pot.)
- Your Instant Pot rice should be perfectly cooked.
- Fluff Instant Pot rice with a fork and serve.