How to Make Pink Rice in an Instant Pot

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Pink rice is cooked to perfection in an electric pressure cooker (Instant Pot). Pressure Cooker Pink Rice lightly milled to retain the wholesome bran but it cooks in a fraction of the time of brown rice. 

Pressure Cooker Pink Rice prepared with sesame seeds, chopped green onions, and an Instant Pot in the background

Diana, a sweet Pressure Cooking Today reader, emailed me asking advice on cooking Madagascar pink rice. Diana said the package described the pink rice as having a subtly sweet flavor, elusively aromatic of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, that the rice was nutritionally dense, and milled to retain most of the bran.

She wrote:

I just purchased some Madagascar pink rice and for the life of me I can’t seem to find a chart that tells how long pink rice needs to cook in a pressure cooker…..would you have any idea?  I don’t want to turn it into mush and I don’t want to cook it on the stove top because rice comes out perfectly in my Instant Pot!

white bowl with uncooked grains of Madagascar pink rice

I couldn’t agree more. I love cooking rice in my electric pressure. I haven’t cooked rice on the stove since I got a pressure cooker.

A white bowl filled with Pressure Cooker Pink Rice with an InstaPot, sesame seeds, and a wooden spoon in the background

How to Make Pink Rice in an Instant Pot

An Instant Pot is one of the most popular brands of electric pressure cookers. They are easy to use and your Instant Pot can help you create this fluffy pink rice!

The package directions said to use a 20 minute cook time on the stove, the same as long grain white rice, so I suggested using a 3 minute cook time with a 10 minute natural release.

white bowl with fluffy Pressure Cooker made Pink Rice

After cooking the rice, Diana emailed me again and said the rice was really good, had a nice texture, and “it’s pretty too.” So I definitely had to find some and give it a try. I bought my pink rice at Whole Foods for about $4.00, but if you can’t find it in a store near you, you can buy it online.

When Diana made the rice a second time, she increased the cook time to 4 minutes and said it was perfect. I thought so too. If you’re a fan of brown rice, I think you’ll think this pretty rice is pretty perfect too.

A spoonful of prepared Instant Pot pink rice, with steam rising from the spoon.

Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Pink Rice

Pressure Cooker Pink Rice

Servings: 6 cups cooked rice
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Side Dish
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  • 2 cups Madagascar Pink rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Add the rice, water and salt to the pressure cooker pot. Stir.
  • Lock lid in place. Select high pressure and 4 minutes cook time. When timer beeps, turn pressure cooker off and use a natural pressure release for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes do a quick pressure release to release any remaining pressure.
  • Fluff rice with a fork.


A 15 ounce package is two cups of rice. I made the entire package. If you prefer, this recipe is easily halved.

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