How to Cook Brown Rice in the Instant Pot

By Polly Conner
February 3, 2021

I only cook brown rice in the Instant Pot these days. Once I nailed down the perfect cooking time, I didn’t look back. Making brown rice in the Instant Pot is easy, fluffy, and perfect every time.

Cooked Instant Pot brown rice in bowls

Once I learned how to make rice in the Instant Pot, I gave away my rice cooker. The Instant Pot does the job just right every time! Here is how I get perfectly cooked brown rice from the Instant Pot.

What is the Rice/Broth Ratio?

For brown rice, use a 1:1 1/4 ratio when cooking in the Instant Pot.

You can scale the amount you want to make up and down as much as you want. Here’s the scale for cooking different amounts:

  • 1 cups rice to 1.25 cups liquid
  • 2 cups rice to 2.5 cups liquid
  • 3 cups rice to 3.75 cups liquid

Important Tip: Do not fill your Instant Pot more than halfway with the rice and liquid. This prevents excessive foaming that can block the mechanisms in the lid.

Brown rice in an instant pot bowl

Should I Use Broth or Water for the Liquid?

Either one will work! Most of the times, I prefer to use broth or stock. It adds more flavor without any extra work.

Brown rice and chicken stock in an instant pot steel bowl

Do I Use Quick Release or Natural Release?

It’s really important you use at least a 10 minute natural release when making Instant Pot brown rice. This means, don’t nudge the release valve to vent any of the pressure until 10 minutes after it’s cook time is done.

Instant Pot brown rice in a brown bowl

Can I Freeze Cooked Rice?

Most people don’t realize this but YES! You can freeze cooked rice! We’ve written a whole article on how to freeze rice here. Be sure to read up if you plan to make a bunch of brown rice.

What Recipes Use Brown Rice?

Here are some delicious recipes that use brown rice:

VEGETARIAN TORTILLA SOUP

Toss in your cooked rice at the end of making this popular (and super easy!) vegetarian soup.

MAKE AHEAD LUNCH WRAPS

Throw your cooked rice in these wraps for a hearty and healthy lunch. I have these in the freezer often!

freezer-friendly lunch wraps on a wooden cutting board

FRIED RICE WITH SWEET SOY SAUCE

If using previously frozen cooked rice for this recipe, be sure to add in a little chicken broth for moisture.

fried rice in a pan

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How to Cook Brown Rice in the Instant Pot

  • Author: Polly Conner
  • Prep Time: 1
  • Cook Time: 33
  • Total Time: 34 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups (or 12 servings) 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Cooking brown rice in the Instant Pot comes out perfectly every time with this recipe. Enjoy!


Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown rice (not quick cooking kind)
  • 2.5 cups water or chicken broth

Instructions

  1. Rinse the rice in a colander.
  2. Add rice and water/broth to Instant Pot. (Important Tip: Do not fill your Instant Pot more than halfway with the rice and liquid. This prevents excessive foaming that can block the mechanisms in the lid.) 
  3. Lock and seal the lid and cook at high pressure for 23 minutes. 
  4. Let Instant Pot naturally release pressure for at least 10 minutes (that means, just don’t touch it). Then, do a quick release of the rest of the pressure by opening the pressure valve.
  5. Fluff the rice with a fork and eat up!

Notes

This recipe only works for brown rice, but does not work for white rice, basmati rice, or any quick cooking rice. 

If cooking white rice in the Instant Pot, cook at high press for 8 minutes with a 10 minute natural release.

If cooking basmati rice in the Instant Pot, cook at high pressure for 4-8 minutes with a 10 minute natural release.

If cooking jasmine rice, cook at high pressure for 4-10 minutes with a 10 minute natural release.


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