Making Instant Pot brown rice couldn’t be easier! Set it and forget it, then enjoy your perfect brown rice as a quick side dish!
You’ll love this foolproof Instant Pot brown rice recipe–it’s simple to make extra for meal prep or to freeze, and you can always have cooked rice on hand to reheat!
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Confession time: I’ve always had trouble making rice.
After years of cooking most of our meals at home, I consider myself to be pretty decent in the kitchen. But making the perfect rice has never been my strong suit.
I have never owned a rice cooker, so I’ve always gone the stove top route. And it’s always turned out okay, just not perfect.
I’ve always followed the directions on the package…how hard can it be, right?
Yet my attempts would inevitably end with a pot boiling over, and the rice itself often it seemed too gummy or too sticky and just not quite right.
Rice is such a frugal addition to meals, and there are endless tasty possibilities of meal options to make with it.
Why I Love Using the Instant Pot for Brown Rice
First and foremost, I get perfect rice every time in my Instant Pot.
Not only that, but there’s no messes from boiled-over pots. And there’s no babysitting the pot. It’s a set-it-and-forget-it situation.
But the best part? It’s a cinch to do it. In fact, that’s why I included this in my list of easy Instant Pot recipes for beginners.
This Instant Pot brown rice barely even qualifies as a recipe (more of a how-to, maybe?), but it’s come in handy many times for me.
Regardless of how you serve it, you’ll love just how quick and easy it is to make Instant Pot brown rice. It really is such a versatile side item that’s ready in no time.
Perfect for those evenings when you need to get dinner on the table quickly! And if you’re like me and have never been able to get stovetop rice “just right,” you’ll love this cooking method!
Not only that, but you can also reheat rice in the Instant Pot, which is my favorite method of heating up the leftovers!
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How to Make Foolproof Instant Pot Brown Rice
Follow these simple steps to make perfect, fluffy brown rice in your Instant Pot!
Rice to Water Ratio
I like to follow a ration of 1 cup of brown rice to 1 1/3 cup of water.
This ratio allows for rice that is soft and fluffy, but not watery. In my opinion, it’s perfect!
You can use broth instead of water, in which case the ratio is still the same.
This ratio is also the same if you double or triple the recipe. For instance, if you’re using 2 cups of dry brown rice, you’ll use 2 3/4 cups of liquid.
Now, if you’re keeping score here (as one savvy and kind reader brought to my attention), you’ll note that 1 1/3 cup of water doesn’t double to 2 3/4.
To clarify, I personally use the ratio noted in the recipe below, which is 2 cups of rice to 2 3/4 cups of water. However, I know not everyone wants to cook 2 cups of rice. You may want more or less.
So in order to give you a simple ratio for just 1 cup of rice, I divided 2 3/4 cups by 2, which yields 1.375 cups, or just slightly more than 1 1/3 cups. To keep the numbers nice and round, I disregarded the few extra hundredths of a cup and stuck with 1 1/3 cup of water.
Either way, the difference is small enough that it won’t have a significant effect and your rice will turn out fine both ways!
In general, brown rice triples in volume when cooked, so that should help you gauge how much you need to make. Just be sure you don’t exceed the recommended capacity of your pressure cooker!
Cooking the Rice
Combine the dry rice and liquid in the insert pot of your Instant Pot. I like to add a little salt if I’m using water, but I leave out the salt if I’m using broth.
Select a cook time of 22 minutes at high pressure using the Manual/Pressure Cook setting.
Once the cook time is complete, allow at least a 10 minute natural release, followed by a quick release of any remaining pressure. I generally just use a full natural release.
After the pressure has released and the valve has dropped, carefully remove the lid. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve as desired!
How to Make Instant Pot Brown Rice with the Pot in Pot Method
If you prefer, you can make the rice using the pot in pot method instead of cooking it directly in the insert pot.
In the pot in pot method, you combine the rice and liquid in a small dish that fits down into the insert pot of your Instant Pot.
This method can be ideal if you’re cooking a smaller amount, or if you don’t want to have to clean the insert pot, or if you are cooking more than one thing in the Instant Pot at the same time (as described in this Instant Pot Kung Pao Chickpeas recipe).
You can check out my full list of recommended Instant Pot accessories for pot in pot cooking, but for pot-in-pot brown rice, you’ll simply need a heatproof container that is small enough to fit into your Instant Pot but will also hold the amount of rice you’re cooking (and do keep in mind that the rice expands!).
I generally use this bundt pan and cook one cup of dry rice at a time.
You’ll simply place the trivet into the insert pot of your Instant Pot, then pour a cup of water into the insert pot.
In your heatproof dish, combine the rice and liquid according to the same ratio as if you were making it directly in the insert pot. You’ll also use the same cook time and pressure release described above.
Once the pressure has released, carefully lift out the dish and fluff the rice!
How to Freeze Brown Rice
Also, did you know that you can freeze leftover rice and then steam it in the microwave later, just like those little bags of frozen rice you can buy at the grocery store?
So easy and SO MUCH cheaper! All you have to do is put a couple of cups of cooked rice into a zip-top freezer bag, press out excess air, and put it in the freezer.
When you are ready to warm the rice, simply open the bag, add in a couple of tablespoons of water, and put it in the microwave (with the bag open) for about 3-5 minutes. Voila!
Delicious Instant Pot Rice Recipes:
- Instant Pot Jasmine Rice
- Instant Pot Spanish Rice
- Instant Pot Rice-a-Roni with Chicken
- Perfectly Easy Instant Pot Basmati Rice
- Instant Pot Yellow Rice
- Instant Pot Rice-a-Roni
- Easy Instant Pot Wild Rice from a Box
- 2 cups brown rice
- 2 3/4 cups chicken broth or water
- 1/2 tsp salt (Omit or reduce if using broth)
Cooking Brown Rice Directly in Insert Pot:
- Combine rice, water or broth, and salt (if using) in Instant Pot.
- Close lid and set vent to "sealed" position.
- Using the manual setting, select high pressure for 22 minutes.
- Allow a 10-minute natural pressure release after cooking, followed by a quick release of remaining pressure. You can also allow a full natural release of pressure. Once valve has dropped, open lid carefully and use a fork to fluff the rice.
Cooking Brown Rice with the Pot in Pot Method:
- In a heat safe container that fits into your insert pot (I use a bundt pan, but a round cake pan or Pyrex dish would also work), add rice, water (or broth), and salt (if using).
- Place the trivet into the insert pot of the Instant Pot. Pour one cup of water into the insert pot.
- Lower the dish onto the trivet. Close the lid and set the vent to the sealed position.
- Using the Manual/Pressure Cook button, select a 22 minute cook time at high pressure.
- Once the cook time is complete, allow a natural pressure release for 10 minutes followed by a quick release of remaining pressure. You can also allow a full natural release instead.
- Fluff rice with a fork and serve.
Slightly adapted from Pressure Cooking Today
- If you need a ratio for a smaller batch using just 1 cup of rice, use a rice to water ratio of 1:1.3, which means 1 cup of rice and 1 1/3 cups of water.
- If you're making a larger batch, be sure to measure well and to not exceed your pressure cooker's capacity. I like to make extra rice and freeze it for later!
- Generally speaking, brown rice triples in volume when cooked. So one cup dry rice will yield about 3 cups of cooked rice.
- If you want to freeze some rice for later, place 2 cups of cooked rice in a zip-top freezer bag. Press out excess air and close bag, placing in the freezer. When ready to warm the rice, open the bag and add a couple of tablespoons of water to the bag. Place in microwave (with bag open) for 3-5 minutes or until fully warmed.
- You can add seasonings if desired, either before cooking or after cooking.
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Serving Size:1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 619mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated and is not guaranteed for accuracy.
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