Making White Jasmine Rice in Instant Pot (Electric Pressure Cooker) has become my favorite cooking method. It gives perfect results every time and is hands-off. Once you try the instant pot jasmine rice recipe, you will not return to another method (vegan, gluten-free).
About Instant Pot Jasmine Rice
Instant Pot White Jasmine Rice has become a regular in our home. We love eating Asian food, and this perfectly cooked rice is the best side dish for spicy Thai curries like Thai Red Curry, Thai Basil Chicken, or Thai Green Curry and is a base to make Thai Fried Rice or other stir-fries.
Jasmine rice is Asian long-grain rice that, when cooked, has a slightly sticky texture. It is very fragrant and has an earthy, nutty, and mildly sweet taste.
This rice is very popular in South East Asia and is served with curries or made into stir-fries.
Jasmine rice comes in two varieties – White and brown. In this post, I am showing how to cook fluffy perfectly cooked white jasmine rice in an instant pot.
I used to make fragrant jasmine rice the traditional way (steaming) for the longest time, but ever since I have tried making jasmine rice in an instant pot pressure cooker, there is no going back to any other method.
Jasmine rice cooked in an instant pot is not mushy and you get consistent results every time.
So take my word and make white Jasmine rice in an electric pressure cooker once; you will never go back to cooking it in a rice cooker or in a pot over the stovetop.
You can also cook other rice in an instant pot using my easy recipes
Why Is Instant Pot Jasmine Rice The Best
This method is hands-off, and there is no rice sticking to the pan’s bottom.
There are no undercooked grains, and you get perfectly cooked Jasmine rice every time.
There is no monitoring required.
It tastes just like your favorite Thai restaurant, if not better.
You can easily double the recipe; the time of cooking will remain the same.
I made 2 cups of raw rice in my 6-quart instant pot and got approximately 6 cups of cooked rice.
You can cook up to 3 cups of rice in a 6-quart instant pot. If you are scaling the recipe even more, then use an 8-quart instant pot.
You can also half the recipe, that is cook just 1 cup of rice.
I personally like to make a big batch of this fluffy rice as it stays good in the fridge or freezer for a long time.
There is a RICE setting in many instant pots but I personally like to use the PRESSURE COOK setting.
Jasmine Rice is becoming very popular all over the world because of its unique aroma and slightly sticky texture. It comes in two varieties – white and brown.
The rice-to-water ratio and cooking time are different for these two varieties.
Lemon Juice helps in bringing out the flavor and freshness of this mildly sweet rice and keeps the grains separate and whiter.
Others – You will also need oil, salt, and water.
You can replace water with vegetable stock (vegetable broth) or chicken broth (chicken stock) to make the rice more flavorful.
You can also replace water with thin coconut milk for a taste change.
Note – Lemon juice, oil, and salt are totally optional but they make the rice extra fluffy, non-sticky, and whiter.
I used vegetable oil but you can use coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, or any other oil of your choice.
How To Make Instant Pot White Jasmine Rice
Place 2 cups of uncooked white Jasmine rice in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse it with cold water until the water runs clear. Drain well.
Rinsing helps remove extra starch and will keep it from getting foamy and messy. It also helps the rice to absorb the water better making it fluffy.
Add the rinsed rice to the inner insert of a 6-quart Instant Pot.
Add 2 cups of water, 2-3 drops of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, and ½ teaspoon salt, and give it a quick stir.
Close the lid of the instant pot. Set the valve to the sealing position.
Press the PRESSURE COOK button and set the timer to 4 minutes at high pressure.
The instant pot will take some time (8-10 minutes) to build the steam and then it will start the cooking process.
Once the cooking time is complete, do a natural pressure release for 10 minutes.
Release the remaining pressure by moving the valve to the venting position.
Once the steam is released, open the lid and fluff the rice gently using a fork. Serve hot.
Tip – Don’t leave the cooked rice in the instant pot at the KEEP WARM setting. The rice will continue to cook and might get burned. Remove the inner pot as soon as the rice is cooked.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, you should never soak Jasmine rice like other regular rice varieties because it is naturally soft and if soaked, it will become mushy after cooking. Just rinse it a few times and cook.
No, there is not a lot of difference between the two; they have almost identical nutritional profiles.
Yes, just like any other rice, Jasmine rice is also gluten-free. But if it is processed in a facility that also processes gluten-including ingredients, then it may get contaminated. So make sure to check the labels.
Store the cooked Jasmine Rice in an airtight container to lock in some steam when it is still hot. By doing so, the rice will not become dry.
You can refrigerate the leftover rice for 3 to 4 days or freeze it for 2 months.
Thaw, reheat, and use. You can cook a big batch of jasmine rice and meal prep it for the week.
You can reheat the rice in a microwave or in a steamer.
In A Microwave
Place the jasmine rice in a microwave-safe dish. Add a splash of water or cover the rice with a damp paper towel to add some moisture and prevent it from drying out during reheating.
Cover the dish with a microwave-safe lid or microwave-safe plastic wrap, leaving a small vent for steam to escape.
Heat the rice on medium power for 1-2 minutes, depending on the amount of rice and your microwave’s power.
Stir the rice and check the temperature. If it’s not hot enough, continue to heat it in 30-second intervals until it reaches the desired temperature.
In A Steamer
If you have a steamer, this can be a great way to reheat rice while maintaining its moisture.
Place the jasmine rice in a heatproof container or a steamer basket.
Steam the rice for about 5-10 minutes until it’s thoroughly heated.
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Perfect Instant Pot White Jasmine Rice Recipe
- 2 cups uncooked white Jasmine rice
- 2-3 drops lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Place 2 cups of uncooked white Jasmine rice in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse it with water until the water runs clear. Drain well.
- Rinsing helps remove extra starch and will keep it from getting foamy and messy. It also helps the rice to absorb the water better making it fluffy.
- Add the rinsed rice to the inner insert of a 6-quart Instant Pot.
- Add 2 cups of water, lemon juice, oil, and salt, and stir gently.
- Close the lid of the instant pot. Set the valve to the sealing position.
- Press PRESSURE COOK and set the timer to 4 minutes at high pressure.
- Instant pot will take some time (8-10 minutes) to build the steam and then it will start the cooking process.
- Once the cooking time is complete, let the steam release on its own for 10 minutes.
- Release the remaining steam by moving the valve to the venting position.
- Once the steam is released, open the lid and fluff the rice gently using a fork. Serve hot.
- Tip – Don’t leave the cooked rice in the instant pot at keeping warm setting. The rice will continue to cook and might get burned. Remove the inner pot as soon as the rice is cooked.