Today I’m going to show you how to make white rice in the Instant Pot. I did an Instant Pot rice experiment in my kitchen. I tried making long grain white rice 4 different ways and I show you the results.
How to make white rice in the Instant Pot (video)
When I created my Instant Pot Cooking Times Cheat Sheet I came across lots of different ways the times of cooking rice. I decided to try a few different ways out and see which way I liked best. This time around I used a basic long grain white rice. If you’re a fan of jasmine rice, basmati or brown rice you might want to try out your own experiment. Let me know your results! I’d love to know.
For my experiment I tested the rice four different ways:
- A 1 cup rice to 1 cup water ratio with a 5 minute cooking time and 5 minute NPR.
- A 1 cup rice to 1.5 cup water ratio with a 5 minute cooking time and 5 minute NPR.
- Rinsed rice with a 1 cup rice to 1 cup water ratio, 5 minute cooking time and 5 minute NPR.
- Rinsed rice with a 1 cup rice to 1.5 cup water with a 5 minute cooking time and a 5 minute NPR.
For all the experiments I used the Manual/Pressure Cook button and NOT the rice button. I used high pressure.
Note: I did NOT use the “rice cup” that came with my Instant Pot. I used a regular measuring cup.
An important note: You need at least 1 1/2 cups of water in your 6 quart Instant Pot to make it come to pressure with a moisture absorbing ingredient like rice. Therefore I do not suggest cooking less than 1 cup of rice in your Instant Pot. If you want to just make a small batch of rice then you can use the pot-in-pot method.
The results were quite interesting! You can watch my video below to “see” what the rice looked like. When I tried taking pictures of the different rices they all looked exactly the same. So I’ll spare you four different pictures of white rice.
Rice Experiment Video:
- The thing I found the most interesting was that the rinsed rice wasn’t any less sticky than the unrinsed rice. Lesson learned…don’t waste time rinsing long grain white rice. It doesn’t make a difference.
- I was skeptical that a 1:1 ratio would even work. It did though. However the rice was not as soft and not as moist as the 1:1.5 ratio.
- I preferred the unrinsed rice that had the 1:1.5 ratio. It is soft and fluffy and moist.
- I need to do one more experiment with a 1:1.25 ratio. I believe that this might be the best ratio yet. Alas, I ran out of rice and time. But I believe that the best way to make long grain white rice is by using a 1 cup rice to 1 ¼-½ cup water ratio with a 5 minute cooking time and a 5 minute natural pressure release.
I love making my kitchen a science lab by doing these fun experiments! What other food would you like to see me try?
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Long grain white rice is so easy to make in your Instant Pot!
- 3 cups water
- 2 cups long grain white rice
- Add water into your Instant Pot. Sprinkle in the rice.
- Cover the pot and secure the lid. Make sure the valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 5 minutes. When the time is up let the pot sit for 5 minutes and then move the valve to venting. Remove the lid.
- Scoop the rice into bowls and serve.
I used regular measuring cups. I did not use the “rice cup” that came with my Instant Pot.
- Prep Time: 2 minute
- Cook Time: 5 minutes (plus 5 minute NPR)
- Method: Instant Pot
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