Pressure Cooker White Rice

Did you know you can cook white rice in 3 minutes in the pressure cooker.

It does take a few minutes for the pressure cooker to pressure up and a few minutes for the pressure cooker to release the pressure. But I can put the rice, water and salt in the electric pressure cooker, lock the lid in place and leave the room until the timer beeps.

I don’t have to wait for the water to come to a boil, I don’t have to worry that I have the rice simmering at just the right temperature. I just set it and come back to perfectly cooked rice.


This is the recipe I’ve made the most in my pressure cooker. In fact, I haven’t cooked rice on the stove since I tried this recipe.

I adapted the recipe for the electric pressure cooker from the Three-Minute Spiced White Basmati Rice recipe in the Veggie Queen’s ebook The New Fast Food. The pressure cooker really is the best way to make fast food.

3-Minute Pressure Cooker White Rice

Yield: 3 cups cooked rice

Serving Size: 1/2 cup rice

3-Minute Pressure Cooker White Rice


  • 1 cup long grain white rice, rinsed
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Add the rice, water and salt to the pressure cooker pot. Stir. Lock lid in place. Select high pressure and 3 minutes cook time. When timer beeps, turn pressure cooker off and use a natural pressure release for 7 minutes. After 7 minutes do a quick pressure release.
  2. Fluff rice with a fork.


The recipe is easily doubled or tripled without any additional pressure cooking time. Add 1 tablespoon oil if doubling to prevent foaming.

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    • Barbara Schieving says

      Hi Lara – Luckily I have two now, but when I only had one, I would make the rice first (it stays hot a long time when covered, and it’s easier to clean up the pan.)

  1. Tina says

    I’m new to pressure cooking. Thought I read that you had to put oil or butter in there to keep the foaming down. Just wondering.

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Great question Tina. The Cuisinart recipe booklet says oil/butter is optional with white rice. It does recommend it with other types of rice, but I haven’t had any problem with foaming with brown rice either. The Instant Pot uses oil in a multigrain rice recipe, but doesn’t mention it on the cooking times chart.