Pressure Cooker Brown Rice

I love cooking rice in my electric pressure cooker. It’s set it and forget it easy. It cooks in half the time and you just throw the rice, water and a little salt in the pot, lock the lid in place, set the cook time and press start. When the timer beeps, you turn off the pressure cooker and wait for the pressure to naturally release.

When you open the lid all the water will be absorbed and you’ll have perfectly cooked, slightly sticky rice. Similar to rice cooked in a rice cooker or from an Asian restaurant.

The Cuisinart recipe booklet recommends cooking brown rice in a large amount of water. But the Veggie Queen in her new ebook The New Fast Food™: The Veggie Queen™ Pressure Cooks Whole Food Meals in Less than 30 Minutes recommends using only 1 1/2 cups of water for a cup of brown rice. I followed Jill’s guidelines with great results.

Jill sent me a copy of her ebook when she was guest posting about How to Cook Beans. I refer to it often when developing recipes for the electric pressure cooker. It’s a great resource and you can download it for only $12.95. She’s also generously offered to giveaway one copy to one lucky Pressure Cooker Today reader. Details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post.

If you’re not cooking rice in a pressure cooker, you need to give it a try. I intend to cook it that way from now on.

Pressure Cooker Brown Rice

Yield: 6 cups cooked rice

Pressure Cooker Brown Rice


  • 2 cup brown rice (I used short grain)
  • 2 3/4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Combine the rice, water and salt in the pressure cooker pot. Lock the lid in place and select High Pressure and 22 minutes cook time. When beep sounds turn off pressure cooker and use a natural pressure release to release pressure (approximately 20 minutes). If you're in a hurry you can use a Natural Pressure for 10 minutes, followed by Quick Pressure Release.
  2. When valve drops, carefully remove lid tilting it away from you. Fluff rice with a fork.
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Update: The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations Tara!

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  1. Vic says

    Hi Barbara! I found this recipe through your white rice recipe. That one specifies that the rice is rinsed; is it the same case with the brown rice here? Also, are there any changes to the water amount between different kinds of grains, i.e. would medium or long grain take less/more water than short? Thanks!

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Hi Vic! Rice that requires longer cooking times will need slightly more water. Rinsing the rice helps so the rice is a little more fluffy. So unless you’re cooking a rice that you don’t want fluff, rinsing is always a good idea. Good questions. Thanks!

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  5. avid_cook says

    I’m trying to encourage a vegan friend of mine to purchase a pressure cooker and start using Jill’s book. If I win the book I will give it to my friend — I think it will be just the thing to motivate her to buy a PC as well. I KNOW she will be excited to find how much time she can save in the kitchen when cooking her vegan favorites in a pressure cooker – and she can’t learn from anyone better than Jill.

  6. Kristin says

    I sure need to do more cooking with the pressure cooker….there’s so many great things I’m missing out on!

  7. says

    I still have one of the old pressure cookers that belonged to my Mom but I have not really used it much. I am hoping to get ideas here and a cooker with a timer would be WONDERFUL.

  8. Teresa says

    I’ve been cooking for years and stopped pressure cooking when my family downsized. I’m finding out that people can pressure cook for one or two. It would be wonderful to win!

  9. Bill Cary says

    Wish I would have kept my Mom’s big old pressure cooker when she passed away. Now i gotta get new hardware to explore Jill’s receipes!

  10. lisawh says

    interesting, right now I am investigating pressure cookers, start student teaching in January – need meals FAST! This book would be great since I have zero recipes. I follow another person that tweeted about this site! So I am a newbie!

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Welcome! The pressure cooker is definitely the perfect way to make healthy meals fast. On Sunday, December 9, I’m going to host another pressure cooker giveaway! So be sure and stop back by.

  11. Michelle says

    This is excellent! I’ve been searching for a while for a good brown rice recipe to use with my pressure cooker. Thanks! (The book looks great as well)

  12. says

    This book looks great! I have to admit that I have never made rice in the pressure cooker without it being combined with other ingredients. I’m excited to try that!