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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  1. Steve says

    Hello. We added brown rice, water and salt according the directions, but the texture was hard to chew and tasted grainy and there was still water floating around. Our rice cooker is malfunctioning and it took the rice cooker 1 hour and 10 minutes to cook brown rice. My mom told me to cook the brown rice overall for 1 hour in the pressure cooker. And we have nice, soft, tasty rice with just the right amount of moisture. i was a little surprised that we had to cook the rice the same time as when we used our rice cooker.

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Hi Steve- I cooked this recipe many times and the rice always comes out perfect. Brown rice should not take 1 hour in the pressure cooker. What type of pressure cooker are you using? Are you sure it came to pressure? Did you do a natural release for at least 10 minutes?

      • steve says

        we have a power cooker it might be the xl model. we cooked it for an hour then there is no option but to release all the steam and pressure which takes less than a minute. I found there’sa rice button. infomercial says it takes 10 min to cook ill try that.

      • Steve says

        Well, using the rice button the rice took an hour too. In the middle cooking the water disappeared so i added more water and then at the end it came out too dry. We’ll just keep using the normal pressure cook setting for an hour. It doesn’t bug us about the time length and I’m gonna go off to eat now!

        • Barbara Schieving says

          Hi Steve – I’m wondering if your pressure cooker isn’t cooking properly. You may want to do a water test and see how much evaporation you get in 10 minutes. It should only be about 4%.

  2. M.B. says

    Hi…I am new to this world of pressure cooking and love it so far. Your brown rice recipe was the best we have ever had!! So…what if I wanted to make a larger batch? Could I double the recipe? And, if so, do I double the time?

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Thanks! Yes, you should be able to double the recipe without increasing the cook time. Just don’t exceed the maximum fill level.

  3. harold weisshart says



    This is the most easy and delicious pressure cooker recipe I have ever tried, and please believe me as a male who loves to cook, I have tried many pressure cooker brown rice recipes.

    All I can add is kudos and bravo for posting this great pressure cooker brown rice recipe, and many thanks as well for the chance to enter your Veggie Queen’s e book giveaway!

    I wish everyone good luck in this giveaway, and please keep posting your great recipes, as I truly look forward to many more.

  4. Joy Gordon says

    I’m so excited to have an electric pressure cooker. The cookbook that came with it is very limited, so I would be thrilled to win this cookbook so I can get cookin.

  5. Karen says

    Hi – I just bought a pressure cooker yesterday and for my first test, I wanted to cook rice. I was disappointed in the manufacturers recipe (adding oil and an unusually high volume of water) so I took to the web and found yours. Perfect!! I followed the instructions to the letter and the rice came out just wonderful. Thank you for posting this.

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Welcome to the world of pressure cooker Karen! I’m so glad you found my site and that your rice came out perfect. Have fun!

  6. DaughterOfSnape says

    Thank you for this! I have followed the directions on my pressure cooker’s booklet over and over and my rice turns out like a blob. I tried your way and it worked perfectly.

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Hi Lori – Yes, that’s correct. You don’t need as much liquid when you cook it in the pressure cooker.

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Hi Marci – yes, I think the cook time should be the same for brown jasmine rice. Let me know how it goes.

      • Marci says

        I did the exact same instructions for my brown jasmine rice and it was perfect! Probably my favorite brown rice ever.

      • Barbara Schieving says

        Hi Irahs – yes, Marci did get an answer :) See above – “Sorry, I meant brown jasmine rice.” I said “the cook time should be the same for brown jasmine rice. Let me know how it goes.” And she replied back “I did the exact same instructions for my brown jasmine rice and it was perfect! Probably my favorite brown rice ever.” I believe the cook time for brown basmati rice should be the same as well. Please let us know.

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Hi Kathy – sorry you had problems making the rice. I’ve made the rice many times in several electric pressure cookers and it’s perfect ever time for me. What type of pressure cooker are you using?

  7. 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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  11. 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.

  12. Kristin says

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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)

  18. 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!