Brown Rice in Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)

Looking for how to cook brown rice in an Instant Pot? A pressure cooker can double as a rice cooker: it’s a totally hands off way to cook rice!

Brown rice in Instant Pot

What really convinced Alex and me to finally get an Instant Pot was this: it doubles as a rice cooker! That meant we could get rid of our rice cooker to make way for a pressure cooker. While we’ve been cooking all sorts of things in our Instant Pot, one of our favorite ways to use it is for rice. It’s a totally hands off method, and it saves time too. Keep reading for our brown rice Instant Pot recipe!

Brown rice in Instant Pot

How to make brown rice in an Instant Pot

Cooking brown rice in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker is easy and a totally hands off method! We love that it frees up the stovetop for the main dish, like when we’re cooking a curry or stir fry. Using a pressure cooker also saves time! On the stovetop it can take up to 55 minutes to cook brown rice. How long does brown rice in the Instant Pot take? About 35 minutes — including “preheat” and natural release time. The cooking portion is only 20 minutes!

Here’s how to cook brown rice in the Instant Pot:

  1. Place 2 cups brown rice and 2 cups water into the Instant Pot.
  2. Pressure cook on High for 20 minutes.
  3. Natural release for 10 minutes. Open the Instant Pot, fluff the rice, and stir in kosher salt to taste.
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White rice vs. brown rice

Why eat brown rice instead of white? When you have time to make it, brown rice has a lot of nutritional benefits. Brown rice has an impressive amount of vitamins, minerals and beneficial compounds because it is less processed than white rice. White rice has its hull, bran and germ removed, but brown rice has only the hull removed and keeps the nutrient-packed bran and germ. As a result, brown rice retains the nutrients that white rice lacks such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Brown rice also has more fiber than white rice.

What Instant Pot / pressure cooker do you use?

An Instant Pot is a brand of programmable electric pressure cookers. The concept is to cook foods at high pressure, which cuts down on cooking time and makes for even cooking. There are lots of brands of pressure cookers, including Instant Pot.

The pressure cooker we use is this 6 quart Instant Pot. We’ve been using it for years and highly recommend it!

Get it: 6 quart Instant Pot | Amazon

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How to store and reheat rice

This brown rice in Instant Pot recipe uses 2 cups of dry brown rice, which makes 6 cups of cooked rice. Depending on your recipe, this might result in leftovers. To store leftover rice, place it in a sealed container and refrigerate for 2 to 3 days or freeze for a few months.

When it comes to reheating the rice, you may notice that cold rice becomes very dry. Because of this, it’s helpful to add a splash of water when you reheat it. You can reheat either in the microwave or on the stovetop. When you heat the rice, add just a small bit of water and heat it until it’s warmed through: it should absorb all the liquid and become moist!

Looking for Instant Pot recipes?

Outside of this brown rice in Instant Pot recipe, there are so many more things to cook in a pressure cooker! We’ve got a bunch of components like lentils, chickpeas, quinoa, and hard boiled eggs. There are also meals like Instant Pot wild rice soup and tacos. Take a look at these recipes

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This brown rice in Instant Pot recipe is…

Vegan, vegetarian, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Brown Rice Instant Pot Recipe


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: About 6 cups 1x

Description

Looking for how to cook brown rice in an Instant Pot? A pressure cooker can double as a rice cooker: it’s a totally hands off way to cook rice!


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown long grain rice (American long grain, basmati, or jasmine)*
  • 2 cups water
  • Kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Add the rice and water to the Instant Pot and stir. Lock the lid of the Instant Pot. Place the pressure release handle (vent) in the “Sealing” position.
  2. Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes: Press the Pressure Cook button, making sure the “High Pressure” setting is selected, and set the time. Note that it takes about 5 minutes for the pot to “preheat” and come up to pressure before it starts cooking. (During cooking, avoid touching the metal part of the lid.)
  3. Natural release for 10 minutes: After the Instant Pot beeps, set a timer and wait for 10 minutes to let the Instant Pot naturally release pressure. Then vent any remaining steam by moving the vent to “Venting”, covering your hand with a towel or hot pad. Never put your hands or face near the vent when releasing steam. (The pressure indicator in the lid may drop on its own during this time, meaning that there is no remaining steam in the pot.)
  4. Open the lid and fluff the rice with a fork. Stir in kosher salt to taste. Serve immediately, or store in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. (Note: When reheating leftovers, it’s helpful to add a tiny bit of water and then reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave — adding the water helps to rehydrate the rice so it’s not dry!)

Notes

*A note on quantities: we’ve found cooking 2 cups rice works the most reliably in our Instant Pot. If you’re making a recipe that only calls for 1 cup rice, you can freeze the leftovers and reheat. 1 cup of dry rice makes about 3 cups cooked.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Plant Based

Keywords: Brown Rice in Instant Pot, Brown Rice in Pressure Cooker, Pressure Cooker Brown Rice, Instant Pot Brown Rice

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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