HOW TO COOK RICE ON INSTANT POT: When I first started cooking one thing I had a lot of trouble with is cooking fluffy steamed rice. when I do it on the stovetop, it either comes out still chewy and hard or way overcooked and wet and soggy.

I started using a rice cooker and I had a lot more success with that, but I got an instant pot, and I have found that I can make a nice quantity of steamed rice in the instant pot too. It’s easy, quick, and it comes out absolutely fantastic!

so, I understand how challenging it is to make steamed rice. It takes a lot of practice to get it right on the stovetop. I have still not mastered it on the stovetop, but I found that the instant pot just rocks some rice right. I just put in some rice I don’t use as much water as I do in the stovetop I set it on the rice function and it comes out really really good.

I tend to make 2-3 or four cups of rice, because, I cook it for leftovers I cook to use during the week. Sometimes, I cook it for freezer meals, so we hardly ever cook one cup of rice. You can do but this post is to show you how to do three cups this can do a whole heap arise you could probably do six cups of rice.

So let’s get to it…

The first thing you need to do is, of course, rinse your rice, and the reason you want to rinse your rice is you want to get all that extra starch off, Otherwise, it will be sticky and of course, you want fluffy rice, not a bowl of sticky rice. 🙂

So just dump 2-3 cups of rice in the strainer, and then I go over to the sink and run it under the sink again and again until it is nice and rinsed. Make sure you get all that starch off so that you have a basic garden-variety grocery store long grain rice.

So, the longer the grain, the more separate your grains will be. If your grains are short and they’re more starchy, you will have stickier rice. So this rice will come out fluffy because the grains are super-long. It might be a little sticky, but we will see that it still perfect.

So once you rinse it, place it into the instant pot. This recipe is kind of unique for rice. It is exactly a 1 to 1 ratio rice to water, so since we’re doing 3 cups rice 3 cups water, some people do 1 and 1/2 cups 2 cups. when you’re on the stovetop in the instant pot it is exactly 1 to 1.

Now, go ahead and give it a little salt to taste, water, and put your lid on the Instant pot making sure that that it’s on sealing. I’ve cooked rice all three ways, (2 to one) and (one and a half to one), and one to one is the winner.

This recipe is one-to-one rice to water, a little bit of salt run it on the rice setting which is a Low-pressure setting, run it through the setting and let it come to pressure it’s going to cook. When it’s done, we are going to naturally release it for 10 minutes exactly, and then go ahead and release the rest of the pressure manually. So we do that just so it continues to steam take up that steam and finish cooking and drying out and then do a 10-minutes natural release.


So for the purpose of this recipe, we are doing basic fluffy plain rice. one of the reasons you might do it is you’re probably going to eat this with a dish that has a lot of flavors, and you don’t want the rice to bring flavor to it, because the flavor is in your other recipes.

So, if you’re doing a stir-fry with a sauce, if you’re doing something else that you’re gonna combine with the rice, and you want just plain rice. But you could take the same exact procedure and flavor this rice, you can put in the chicken broth, you can put in any kinds of seasoning.

If you put in cumin and chili powder, you can make Spanish fries. If you put in herbs de Provence, you could put in pinzhi sunny Paris, you can put in Mrs. Dash, and you can put in barbecue rub.

You can put any kind of seasoning mix you like, and make a different type of rice every single time that you make it. So experiment with it, use beef broth, use chicken broth, use vegetable broth, or throw some seasonings in there. Play with this and make it your own.

Once you get this process down of making basic fluffy right rice, you can season it any way you want. so practice with just plain rice first, and then go for it right.

So the instant pot just sealed and now it’s a 12-minutes cycle, we have 10 minutes left and when it’s done, we will naturally release for 10 minutes, and then we will release the rest of the pressure. Release the rest of the pressure and remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork, and you’ll see how nice and fluffy that is. Serve and enjoy!



  • 3 cups of water
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 cups long-grain rice



1 ) In a strainer, rinse the rice until the excess starch is removed, and add the rice to the inner pot of your Instant Pot or another electric pressure cooker.

2 ) Add the water to the pot, and season with salt to taste then Put on the lid and set the vent to sealing.

3 ) Program the cooker for the rice setting, and let it comes up to pressure and cook until the machine beeps, then allow the machine to naturally release for at least 10 minutes.

4 ) Release the rest of the pressure and remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork.
Serve and enjoy!


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