Instant Pot Jasmine Rice

Instant Pot jasmine rice turns out perfectly fluffy and tender! Using a pressure cooker is a great hands-off method for cooking rice.

Instant Pot Jasmine Rice

Want to cook rice and got a pressure cooker handy? Try our Instant Pot jasmine rice! Jasmine rice is perfect for pairing with curry recipes and stir fries, and what better tool to cook it than an Instant Pot? Alex and I got rid of our rice cooker in favor of a pressure cooker, since it’s so much more versatile. And are we glad we did! Not only can we cook basics like whole grains and veggies, it makes meals like soups and stews, too. But of course…you’re here for the rice!

Jasmine rice in pressure cooker

What’s jasmine rice?

Jasmine rice is a long-grain variety of rice grown mostly in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Because of that, it’s best paired with Southeast Asian style curries, like our Coconut Shrimp Curry. The flavor is mild and sweet, with a flavor of popcorn. It’s very similar to basmati rice, but it’s shorter and a little stickier. Alex and I love jasmine rice: its aromatic flavor is perfect for curries and stir fries.

You can also cook basmati rice in a pressure cooker! Go to Instant Pot Basmati Rice.

Jasmine rice

How to cook Instant Pot jasmine rice

It’s so easy to make Instant Pot jasmine rice! It’s similar to our method for pressure cooker white rice and brown rice. Here are the basic steps (or go right to the recipe below):

  • Add 1 part jasmine rice and 1 part water. In this recipe, we used 2 cups rice and 2 cups water.
  • Pressure cook on High for 8 minutes (white rice) or 20 minutes (brown rice). Keep in mind it takes about 5 minutes to “preheat” first.
  • Natural release for 10 minutes. Set the timer for 10 minutes and then release the steam in the pot.

There you have it: perfect, fluffy jasmine rice in just 15 minutes (for white rice)! It’s easiest to find white jasmine rice, but if you can find it, brown jasmine rice is even more nutrient dense.

Instant pot jasmine rice

Ways to serve Instant Pot jasmine rice

Jasmine rice is one of my favorites: it reminds me of the food I ate while traveling in Cambodia and Laos! Here are a few of our recipes that would pair well with jasmine rice:

  • Shrimp Curry This Thai-style shrimp curry it over the top delicious! Featuring silky coconut milk and veggies.
  • Easy Chickpea Curry The ultimate healthy and easy weeknight dinner! It’s done in 20 minutes, totally plant based, and full of flavor.
  • Quick Coconut Lentil Curry This coconut lentil curry has it all: it’s a fast and easy dinner idea that’s healthy and full of flavor. Perfect for weeknights!
Shrimp curry
Serve jasmine rice with this shrimp curry!

White rice vs. brown rice

If you can find it, brown jasmine rice has even more nutrients than white! It’s a little more unique than white, but many major brands have a variety. Brown rice has more vitamins, minerals and beneficial compounds because it is less processed than white rice. The tradeoff is visual effect: there’s nothing like white rice to set off food (like the curry above). Here’s a breakdown:

  • Brown rice is less processed = more nutrients. White rice has its hull, bran and germ removed. Brown rice has only the hull removed, and keeps the nutrient-packed bran and germ. Because of this, it retains the nutrients that white rice lacks such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
  • Brown rice has more fiber. 1 cup of cooked white rice has 0.6 grams fiber, but 1 cup cooked brown rice has 3.2 grams of fiber, 13% of your daily need. (Source)
Pressure cooker jasmine rice

This Instant Pot jasmine rice recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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How to cook jasmine rice

Instant Pot Jasmine Rice


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: About 6 cups 1x

Description

Instant Pot jasmine rice turns out perfectly fluffy and tender! Using a pressure cooker is a great hands-off method for cooking rice.


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups white or brown jasmine rice
  • 2 cups water
  • Kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Rinse the rice. Then 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 EITHER: 8 minutes (white rice) or 20 minutes (brown rice): 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!)

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: Instant Pot Jasmine Rice, Pressure Cooker Jasmine Rice,

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There are so many healthy Instant Pot recipes! Here are some of our favorites:

  • Easy Instant Pot Oatmeal The best Instant Pot oatmeal! Made with rolled oats, toasted until fragrant then cooked for just 3 minutes.
  • Instant Pot Split Pea Soup The ultimate meal: it’s filling, plant based, and easy to make in a pressure cooker. It’s a tasty, healthy vegan dinner recipe!
  • Instant Pot Ramen You can use a pressure cooker to make steaming bowls of umami-packed noodles! It’s total comfort food.
  • Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili This incredible vegan and vegetarian chili features two beans, lentils, and a robust flavor.
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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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