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.

Don't miss out on a new recipe. Subscribe to Pressure Cooking Today by Email

Some of the links in my posts may be “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Thank you for supporting Pressure Cooking Today when you shop!

If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment below or take a photo and tag me on Instagram or Twitter with #PressureCookingToday.


    Leave a Comment:

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Hi Joyce – sorry you had trouble with the recipe. I’ve made rice using this recipes many times in several different electric pressure cookers and it’s perfect every time. What type of pressure cooker did you use? Did you let the pressure release naturally for at least 7 minutes before you opened it?

  1. SandyToes says

    Barbara, my rice came out perfectly cooked tonight, and as promised, no sticking! Thanks again for doing all the testing and perfecting of recipes for us. It’s sure making it easy for me as I learn to use my Instant Pot.

  2. SandyToes says

    Was your recipe tested in a nonstick pot or the Instant Pot’s stainless steel pot? I’m concerned with sticking in my Instant Pot.

    BTW – I made your Meyer Lemon Cheesecake last night. My very first baked cheesecake EVER, it came out perfect. Next up, Mongolian Beef, a family favorite. I can’t thank you enough for your website, the recipes and tips you’ve posted are so helpful to this pressure cooker new-b.

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Thanks so much Sandy! I’m so glad you’re loving my site and recipes. Yes, I’ve made the rice in the Instant Pot many times, and it’s perfect every time. Enjoy!

  3. Kate Forbes says

    I just got my pressure cooker, and I love it, i wish i got it sooner. I have been cooking in it everyday since i took it out of the box.There are only 2 of us, me and my dog. I do cook his food, and he is happy with the way his chicken comes out, so am I. Right now I am cooking his rice using your recipe. Thanks for all the really delicious recipes you share.

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Thanks Kate! I’m so glad you and your dog are eating better because of pressure cooking and glad I could help :)

  4. Sue says

    I am so glad to have found your recipe. My recipe book calls for 1 1/2 cups of water to 1 cup of rice. The rice comes out too wet. My long grain white rice doesn’t have any name on the bag. As far as I know it is just plain white rice. Will your recipe work for my rice? Thank you.

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Hi Sue – I’m glad you find my site. It should work with plain white rice just fine. If you like even fluffier rice, after you’ve released the pressure and fluffed the rice with a fork, remove the pot from the pressure cooker, cover the pot with a kitchen towel and let it steam for a while longer. The towel will absorb more of the moisture and your rice should be more less wet and more fluffy.

  5. patti weiss says

    Helllooo! I am a pressure cooking addict since getting mine a month ago. Question, you are using an electric I assume. Mine is a stovetop, do I start the 3 minutes timing when the little thingy pops up, then do a natural release?

    • Barbara Schieving says

      Hi Patti – it’s easy to get addicted to pressure cooking. Yes, I used electric pressure cookers. Start the timing when the pressure cooker reaches high pressure then reduce your stove top temperature to maintain pressure. After 3 minutes let the pressure naturally release, so the rice steams, for 7 – 10 minutes then quick release any remaining pressure.

    • 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.)

  6. 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.