Instant Pot Brown Rice

Instant Pot Brown Rice – step by step guide to make the perfect brown rice in your Instant Pot each time!

You won’t believe how easy it is!

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Instant Pot Brown Rice with a spoon

Is rice good for you?

This is like a never ending debate!

I  grew up in a family where rice was eaten every day. A meal would just not be complete until there was rice on the table. That’s because we belong to a region in India where rice was grown in abundance and my grand-father was a farmer, so we had rice farms! And since there was so much rice, it was obviously eaten all the time.

Growing up I never thought if rice was good or bad. However in spite of growing up in such an environment I never became a rice fan. I don’t know why! While no one in my family could finish their meals without rice, I chose to avoid it whenever I could.

I always preferred my roti (flatbread) and eating rice seemed like a chore. All the rice in my home was always white. I didn’t even know about brown rice until I grew up and it became a trend!

And hence came the debate that which rice is better for you – brown or white?

Both white rice and brown rice are high in carbohydrates. White rice is basically brown rice minus the germ and the bran. Because brown rice contains the whole grain it is said to be a healthier alternative. It has more fiber, minerals and vitamins than the white counterpart.

But according to some studies, white rice is more easily digestible and hence a better alternative for the gut.

brown rice served in a small wooden bowl

So which team are you? Brown or White?

I make white rice very often since Sarvesh would only eat that but ever since I got my Instant Pot, I have been making brown rice quite frequently too. Obviously I eat it all by myself!

Actually, I always prefer brown rice over white rice while eating out especially Asian food. Yes for my dal, I need white rice since I grew up eating it this way and it’s hard to change habits.

But for everything else, I do prefer the brown rice over the white rice. Like with this Thai Peanut Tofu Curry or this Sweet Potato Curry!

Even though I always liked brown rice, I never made it very often and the reason was that I could never get it right on the stove top. Also I didn’t like to baby sit and stand in front of the stove while it cooked. But not any more!

It’s just so easy to make brown rice in the Instant Pot! I thought it will be nice to share my full-proof recipe with you guys since I have been making it regularly. Hope you guys find it useful.

This Instant Pot Brown Rice

✓ is really easy to make in the IP!

✓ full-proof method which results in perfect brown rice every time

✓ no need to baby sit, just add everything to the IP and you’re done.

How to Make Brown Rice in the Instant Pot

Rinse brown rice under running water. Drain the water and then add it to the inner steel container of your Instant Pot.

brown rice in instant pot

Then add water to the pot.

water being added to brown rice in an instant pot

 

Add olive oil and salt.

brown rice in the instant pot

Then give it a quick stir.

brown rice being stirred in the instant pot

Close the Instant Pot with its lid. Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 24 minutes. Make sure the pressure valve is in the sealing position.

Once the 24 minutes are up, let the pressure release naturally. Open the pot and fluff the brown rice with a fork and enjoy!

What is your favorite way to eat brown rice?

instant pot brown rice being fluffed with a fork

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Instant Pot Brown Rice

Step by step instructions on how to make Brown Rice in the Instant Pot. This full proof recipe results in perfect brown rice every time!

Instant Pot Brown Rice with a spoon
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot brown rice
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 361 kcal
Author: Manali
5 from 1 vote
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown rice, 200 grams
  • 2.5 cups water, 20 oz
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Rinse brown rice under running water. Drain the water and then add it to the inner steel container of your Instant Pot.

  2. Then add water to the pot along with olive oil and salt. Give a quick stir.

  3. Close the Instant Pot with its lid. Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 24 minutes. Make sure the pressure valve is in the sealing position.

  4. Once the 24 minutes are up, let the pressure release naturally. Open the pot and fluff the brown rice with a fork. Enjoy with any curry or your choice!

Recipe Notes

You may skip the oil and salt. I like the texture and flavor more with the salt and oil and hence add it to mine.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Brown Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 361 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Sodium 302mg 13%
Potassium 254mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 72g 24%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 7g 14%
Calcium 3.6%
Iron 9.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Step by step instructions on how to make Brown Rice in the Instant Pot. This full proof recipe results in perfect brown rice every time! No need to baby sit! #vegan #instantpot #brownrice #easyrecipe

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