Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker White Rice

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Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker White Rice cooks at High Pressure for just 3 minutes! Once you master this easy Instant Pot recipe, you’ll get tender white rice that comes out perfect every time. 

Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker White Rice prepared, garnished with green onions and chopsticks

White rice is one of my favorite pressure cooker recipes for beginners. It’s a step up from the water test, but it’s about as easy.

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 every time.

A wooden bowl full of white rice, ready to cook in the pressure cooker

How to Make Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot White Rice

White rice is SO quick and easy to make in your pressure cooker. However, this recipe will work in ANY brand of electric pressure cooker, including the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, and Mealthy MultiPot. 

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.

A wooden spoonful of Pressure Cooker White Rice, lifting out of the Instant Pot

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

This white rice recipe works well with basmati, jasmine, short and long grain white rices.

Soaking Your Rice

A few years back, I got a comment from a reader about her mother’s method for rising rice. June said that her Japanese mom always says to rinse with super hot water until clear and then let the rice sit in hot water until it turns bright white. I use that technique before cooking in the Instant Pot when I want my rice to be perfect.

Pressure Cooker White Rice prepared with a green onion garnish and an Instant Pot in the background

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Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) White Rice
Yield: 3 cups cooked rice

3 Minute Pressure Cooker White Rice

Cook Time 3 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

It doesn’t get much easier than perfectly cooked Pressure Cooker White Rice that’s ready and fluffy in less than 20 minutes.


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


  1. Add the rinsed rice, water and salt to the pressure cooker pot. Stir.
  2. 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 10 minutes. After 10 minutes do a quick pressure release.
  3. Fluff rice with a fork or the rice paddle that came with your pressure cooker.


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

*jasmine and other white rices work well with this recipe too. Do not use Minute rice, which is parboiled rice.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 34Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 178mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.

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