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Pressure Cooker White Rice

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Pressure Cooker White Rice

Pressure cooker white rice? Why bother?

I made rice on the stove top. Between heating up the pot and letting the pressure naturally release, how would a pressure cooker save time? I might as well simmer for fifteen minutes on the stove in a regular pot.3

Then the kids forgot to clean out my favorite sauce pot, the one I always use to make rice. (It was sitting in the sink, mac and cheese hardening from lunchtime.)4 Everything else was ready for a stir-fry, so instead of scrubbing the pot myself, I pulled out my Instant Pot and set it up.


Since that day, my Instant Pot is also my rice cooker. Why? Because now I can make rice while I’m only half paying attention. Fill the pot with rice and water, set it for 4 minutes, lock the lid, and listen for the beep. Then, set a timer for 10 minutes, and when that goes off, quick release any remaining pressure. When I’m busy in the kitchen – tossing my way through that stir fry, for example – it’s good to have a quick and easy side dish.

Recipe: Pressure Cooker White Rice


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Pressure Cooker White Rice

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x


Pressure cooker white rice recipe – rice from the pressure cooker in about 20 minutes.


  • 2 cups long grain white rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt or 1/2 teaspoon table salt


  1. Add the rice to the pot: Pour the rice, water, and salt into the pressure cooker pot and stir.
  2. Pressure cook the rice: Lock the lid and pressure cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. Turn off warming mode and let pressure come down for 10 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure in the pot. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.
  • Category: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American




  • No pressure cooker? See my Basic White Rice recipe for traditional pot instructions.
  • You can make this recipe in a stove top pressure cooker if you want, but I don’t think it saves much time or attention when compared to regular stove top rice. The big advantage I get is the set it and forget it nature of the electric pressure cooker.

What do you think?

Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below.

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Hi! I’m Mike Vrobel. I’m a dad and an enthusiastic home cook; an indie cookbook author and food blogger with a day job, a patient spouse, and three kids who would rather have hamburgers for dinner.


  1. I made this recipe in my Cuisinart pressure cooker and it turned t perfectly! No more instant rice for my family! Thanks so much!

  2. Aleisa says

    I use this recipe for rice all the time and every time it comes out perfectly!
    Thank you!

  3. MaLena says

    Doubled the recipe and it was perfect…i did add garlic powder and sliced green onions as well for some yummy extra flavor. But perfect timings and measurements. This is my first time preparing rice in a pressure cooker. #Success 👌 Thanks to you. 😊🙏

  4. Shannan L Vaughn says

    I have a “crockpot” brand pressure cooker so I have no manual setting…I rinsed my rice first…then used the “steam” button….cooked for 3 minutes then turned the pot off…. used your 10 min method and the rice was PERFECT!!! THANK YOU!

  5. Gillian Didier-Serre says

    Hi mike..this recipe. For pressure cooking long grain white rice can I use jasmin rice instead and use the same ratio and cook time

  6. Sheri says

    I have always used Uncle Ben’s Converted White Rice. Would the instructions be any different? TIA

  7. I just did it and it’s good. I also added butter and forgot to turn off warming setting for 7 of ten minutes. Still turned out fine.

  8. Chris Lukowski says

    I’m curious as to why you don’t use to ‘Rice’ button on the Instant Pot. Does that overcook the rice? I’ve made a few batches using this button and each time the rice has come out quite sticky, even with a 1:1 rice to water ratio and a pre-rinse. Is that because the default mode overcooks it?

    • Sorry, Chris, but I don’t have a good answer beyond “I don’t trust program modes”. The Instant Pot is probably a wonderful rice maker, amongst its other modes, but I only use the “Pressure Cook” and “Sauté” buttons. (And, very rarely, “Slow Cook” and “Keep Warm”.)
      When something says “push here for rice”, I get suspicious. Again, it may do a great job – but I’ve never tried it, and am not planning on trying it.

  9. Sarah Marie says

    This recipe is delicious! My new favorite way to cook white rice. I usually add a tablespoon of butter, but otherwise follow the directions. Perfect jasmine rice every time!

    • Retha Hill says

      Sarah, I agree with you, and my favorite is Jasmine rice. I just tried this in my Instant pot, and it was perfect!! yay!!!!!

  10. Kyle L says

    Great Recipe, Great Site! Thank you for this, and I made this (but I also add in 1 TBSP melted butter…mmmm). It was great! I like to think I can do a number of impressive things in the kitchen, but rice is not one of them – this was spot on! The only thing – when I tried making a half recipe (i.e. one cup of rice, and with a little more water than required, even), I experienced a bit of scorching. Not brown or black, but a good bit of sticking, and a good bit of the rice was somewhat crunchy – anybody else experience this?

    I will say I have tried the actual “Rice” function on this pot, and it seems to work well. It is actually automatic, so you put in the rice and water and select rice, and it just takes over and calculates the time (I presume based upon temperature calculations), and cooks the rice until done, and my results were perfect – and just pushing a button, setting no time, the IP takes care of that for you.

    The only consideration with the automated rice function is that it uses low pressure, not high. There is nothing wrong with this, but it does take longer. I would say this recipe on high pressure has an average cook time of 13-17 minutes, and the low pressure automated rice function adds about 5-6 minutes to that.

    I am just posting this to a.) praise this site!! b.) inquire as to anyone else’s experience with smaller amounts of rice or with the automated rice function, and c.) to suggest that for 2 cups or more, use this recipe, for less than that, consider the automated rice function.


  11. Patricia says

    I will be 60 next month h and this is the first time in my life I’ve made perfect rice! I love to cook too!! Thank you

  12. Dave Gill says

    Yes, please do brown rice. We’re a brown rice house, and an alternative for nights when I hose up the rice cooker programming would be nice.

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