Flawless Instant Pot Brown Rice

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No-fail and no fuss is what this Instant Pot Brown Rice cooking method is. Make the perfect rice every time without even needing to stir the pot.

One thing is for sure–my family eats a lot of rice. Rice with plant-based stir-fries, roasted oil-free veggies, bean dishes, vegetable poke bowls, and everything else you can think of.

Normally, brown rice takes about 45 minutes to cook on the stovetop but, with an Instant Pot, the cooking time is cut in half and there is no need to even stir it. Simply set it and forget it!

brown rice in white bowls with parsley sprinkled on top

What is brown rice?

Brown rice is a whole grain. In comparison, white rice has had the bran and germ removed which are the most nutritious parts.

Brown rice has a big advantage over white rice when it comes to nutrient content. It has more fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals than white rice which makes it a much healthier choice.

The higher fiber and nutrient density is what normally takes brown rice longer to cook but, in an electric pressure cooker, the time is cut nearly in half.

How to cook rice in an Instant Pot

The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.

You’re going to love this easy Instant Pot brown rice because it comes out perfect every time–tender, fluffy, and delicious.

Begin by washing the rice in a rice rinsing bowl by running water over it. A normal colander won’t work for rice because the grains are small enough to fall right through the holes or slots.

brown rice being rinsed in rice colander

Next, place the rice in your Instant Pot and add the water. You might want to stir it at this point, but it’s not absolutely necessary. Just make sure all of the rice grains are under the water.

brown rice uncooked in instant pot with white spoon

Put the IP lid on and lock it into place. Set the valve in the SEALING position and set it to MANUAL high for 15 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes for the pressure to build, and then it will begin the actual cooking process.

Once it beeps to let you know that the rice has finished cooking, let it sit for another 10 minutes to release the pressure naturally. This gives the rice a little more cooking time and makes it more tender.

After the 10-minute natural release, carefully turn the valve to the VENT position and allow the rest of the steam to be released. After all of the pressure has been released, it should be safe to open the lid.

Now, it’s ready to serve with your favorite recipes like stir-fries and roasted veggies. Veggie Kabobs are terrific served with freshly cooked brown rice.

cooked brown rice in wooden bowl with chopsticks teapot in background

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Tips for cooking rice in an Instant Pot

Different types of rice require different cooking times. Brown rice takes the longest.

Remember to rinse the rice before cooking.

Always be careful when turning the pressure valve to the VENT position after cooking. You might even want to use a spoon to do this because steam can escape and burn your fingers.

cooked brown rice on black plate with mint leaf in middle

Your Questions Answered:

  • Q: Why do I need to rinse the rice before cooking? Rinsing is necessary to remove debris, germs, and some of the surface starchy coating.
  • Q: Can I add seasoning to the pot before cooking? Absolutely! You might even consider using veggie broth instead of water for cooking to add even more flavor.
  • Q: What setting should I use for brown rice? There is a rice setting on the Instant Pot but, because brown rice takes nearly double the cooking time of white rice, I always use the MANUAL high setting.
  • Q: What are some recipes to use brown rice in? I am so glad that you asked! Some of my favorite recipes are Easy Stir-Fried Rice, Honey Mustard Rice & Bean Salad, Sweet Potato Rice Bowl, and African Sweet Potato Peanut Stew as well as these stir-fry recipes.

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4.34 from 9 votes

Instant Pot Brown Rice

Author: Terri Edwards
No-fail and no fuss is what this Instant Pot brown rice cooking method is. Make the perfect rice every time without even needing to stir the pot.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 3 servings

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • Begin by washing the rice in a rice rinsing bowl by running water over it.
  • Next, place the rice into your Instant Pot and add the water. You might want to stir it at this point, but it’s not absolutely necessary. Just make sure all of the rice grains are under the water.
  • Put the IP lid on and lock it into place. Set the valve in the SEALING position and set to MANUAL high for 15 minutes. It will take about 10-minutes for the pressure to build, and then it will begin the actual cooking process.
  • Once it beeps to let you know that the rice has finished cooking, let it sit for another 10-minutes to release the pressure naturally. This gives the rice a little more cooking time and makes it more tender.
  • After the 10-minute natural release, carefully turn the valve to the VENT position and allow the rest of the steam to be released. After all of the pressure has been released, it should be safe to open the lid.

Video

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.
Tips for cooking rice in an Instant Pot
  1. Different types of rice require different cooking times. Brown rice takes the longest.
  2. Remember to rinse the rice before cooking.
  3. Always be careful when turning the pressure valve to the VENT position after cooking. You might even want to use a spoon to do this because steam can escape and burn your fingers.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 73kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Fiber: 1g

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11 Comments

  1. I found the perfect brown rice, baked for one hour always came out perfectly!! WELL I live in Arizona and in the summer it heats my house up so I cooked it in my Instant Pot and praise the Lord it’s just as good and in 15 minutes!! Thank you!!!❤️

  2. I love Jasmine brown rice! I batch cook and do five cups at one time. Most of the time, I’m the only one eating it, too.

  3. When you double or triple do you just do the ingredients the same?
    I have seen recipes that put less water when double or triple.

  4. Hello! Thank you for this recipe! Question: Can you double the recipe for a large family? Would cooking times be the same?

  5. Do you use the Jasmine rice? Regular short grain brown rice turns to mush for me!

    Does Basmati work the same?

    BTW, I’m in WNC too!

  6. A couple of years ago I gave up all hope of ever making good brown rice using the traditional steaming methods (I had been trying for over 20 years) and started using the free-boil method, like for pasta, but boiling for 25-30 minutes. What a huge difference- you get nice separate grains of rice instead of a lumpy clumpy mess! It just requires more water than the Instant Pot method. Will give this a go, doubling the recipe, as I am almost out of cooked brown rice!

  7. You mentioned that you cook brown rice and white basmati (or was it jasmine that your hubby likes) together. I cook my rice in the Instant Pot. How long would I cook it so the brown rice is done and the white rice isn’t mush?

    1. Hi Pam- Yes, my husband likes it when I mix brown and white rice together, and I always set the temperature to HIGH for 15 minutes and allow it to release naturally. This is the same setting for brown rice and works great.

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