Learn how to cook Instant Pot Brown Rice in 30 minutes (2 minutes of active cooking time). Cooking brown rice in an Instant pot cooks the rice perfectly every single time and cuts short the cooking time half. No soaking, no babysitting the pot, no mushy, uncooked, or burnt rice anymore!
Want to try a few more instant pot recipes? Here are some of my most loved recipes lined up for you – Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken, Instant Pot Poached Eggs, Instant Pot Pad Thai, Instant Pot Sticky Rice, Instant Pot Oatmeal, and Instant Pot Dal Makhani.
About This Recipe
Instant pot brown rice recipe is the easiest way to get those fluffy, soft, and separate brown rice grains. Cooking brown rice in instant pot shortens your cooking time to half, the method is hands-off and is perfect for busy weeknights and meal prep!
There are some things as basic as cooking rice but still, most of us fail miserably at it. Cooking perfect rice seems easy, but it can actually be a tricky process. If the cooking time, cooking method, or water-to-rice ratio are not accurate, you may end up with uncooked, hard, crunchy, burnt, mushy, or gummy rice.
There are multiple varieties of rice and each one has a slightly different way of cooking to get the perfect grains post-cooking.
I have experimented with cooking different varieties of rice in many different ways but currently, instant pot is my favorite method to cook them to perfection. Be it sticky rice, basmati rice, jasmine rice, or this brown rice, cooking these in instant pot has changed my dinner game
To make brown rice in instant pot, all you have to do is to add the rinsed brown rice to the pot along with the exact measurement of water, set the timer, and forget about it! After 30 minutes, you will get the fluffiest brown rice, that you won’t get in stovetop or rice cooker cooking. There is no need for soaking it too.
Make a big batch, meal prep it and serve it with your vegan, gluten free or regular dinners as a side dish with a spicy curry, meatballs, stir-fries or lentils.
What is Brown Rice?
Brown rice is unpolished whole grain rice. Unpolished means that the bran, germ, and aleurone layer of the rice is not removed as it is done in white rice. It is nutritious and is extremely high in fibre as compared to the white rice.
Because of the fibrous layers on it, it also takes longer time to cook and the water rice ratio is different as compared to white rice.
When cooked over stove top in a pot, it requires almost an hour of simmering but instant pot brings down this time to only 30 minutes.
Here are some of the health benefits of brown rice
- Enriched with a high content of fibre, it also happens to be gluten-free. It is indeed a rich source of vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, protein, selenium, phosphorus, calcium, potassium and manganese.
- It keeps your heart healthy, as it is high in magnesium.
- Brown rice is also considered great for digestion or other stomach related issues.
- It is great to consume for diabetic people, controls your cholesterol and also reduces the risk of certain type of cancers.
- Brown rice It will keep you filled for longer due to its fibre rich properties.
To cook brown rice in instant pot, you will need just 3 ingredients – brown rice, salt and water.
Brown rice comes in multiple grain size and varieties. Long grain, medium grain, short grain, Jasmine brown rice, Basmati brown rice etc. I prefer to cook long grain basmati brown rice for my everyday meals. It’s fluffier and nuttier than the short and medium grain.
Note that the cooking time and water to rice ratio will be same for cooking any of the grain size and variety.
Raw brown rice can be stored for up to six months at room temperature in a cool dry place. To extend its shelf life, store it in the refrigerator or freezer.
Salt – Adding a little salt brings out the flavor of the rice. You can choose to skip adding it though.
Water – Water to rice ratio is very very important to get perfectly fluffy rice. When we cook brown rice in a pot or in a rice cooker, a lot of water is evaporated while cooking. But in instant pot, the steam is trapped inside the pot and hence we need a lot less water when cooking. For every 1 cup of brown rice, I use 1-¼ measure of liquid. Stick to this measurement while cooking and I can assure you it will come out perfect.
How to make Instant Pot Brown Rice?
Wash 2 cups of brown rice with water 2-3 times (to remove excess starch) and drain the excess water. Rinsing the rice also makes it fluffier.
Add the rinsed rice to the instant pot.
Add 2-½ cups of water and 1 teaspoon salt and stir gently.
Close the lid of the pot and set the valve to the sealing position. Press PRESSURE COOK and set the timer to 20 minutes at high pressure. Instant pot will take some time to build the pressure and start the timer.
Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Release the remaining pressure manually by moving the valve to the venting position. Open the lid of the pot and fluff the rice gently using a fork.
Serve the brown rice or transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to a week or the freezer for 3 months.
Pro Tips By Neha
Make sure to rinse the rice before cooking. It makes the rice softer and fluffier. Be sure to drain it well and ensure the water-to-rice ratio is accurate.
Cooking rice in an instant pot requires much less water than cooking it over the stovetop or in a rice cooker. So stick to the measurements.
To make the rice more flavorful, swap water with vegetable or chicken broth.
Toasting the rice in little olive oil or butter makes it nuttier. Saute the rice in butter or olive oil for 5 minutes before adding the liquid and then close the lid. The rice will have earthier and nuttier flavor.
Do not leave cooked rice at room temperature for long. Refrigerate it as soon as it cools down.
I made 2 cups of rice in my 6 qt instant pot. You can double or triple the recipe if you have a bigger size pot. The cooking time and water to rice ratio will remain the same.
You can make this rice with vegetables, greens like spinach or kale or with chicken and spice it up with your favorite spice powders.
You can stuff in burritos or include in your rice bowls/buddha bowls as well. It is a versatile accompaniment, that tastes great with almost everything.
Brown rice tastes the best when served fresh! However, leftovers can be stored in a dry and clean airtight container for about 5-6 days. Reheat it in a pan or microwave, until nice and warm before serving.
If you feel it has become a little dry, then sprinkle a little water on top while reheating.
Cooked brown rice is freezer friendly. Cool the rice completely and transfer it to a freezer safe container. Freeze it for up to 3 months. To thaw, let it sit on the counter for a few hours or in the refrigerator overnight.
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Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe
- 2 cups brown rice
- 2 and ½ cup water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Wash 2 cups of brown rice with water 2-3 times (to remove excess starch) and drain the excess water. Rinsing the rice also makes it fluffier.
- Add the rinsed rice to the instant pot.
- Add 2-½ cups of water and 1 teaspoon salt and stir gently.
- Close the lid of the pot and set the valve to the sealing position. Press PRESSURE COOK and set the timer to 20 minutes at high pressure. Instant pot will take some time to build the pressure and start the timer.
- Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Release the remaining pressure manually by moving the valve to the venting position. Open the lid of the pot and fluff the rice gently using a fork.
- Serve the brown rice or transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to a week or the freezer for 3 months.