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.1
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.)2 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
- 6 quart or larger pressure cooker (I use an Instant Pot electric PC for this)
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
- Add the rice to the pot: Pour the rice, water, and salt into the pressure cooker pot and stir.
- 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.
- 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?
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