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
4.83 from 34 votes
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown rice, 390 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*
Fat 4g6%
Sodium 302mg13%
Potassium 254mg7%
Carbohydrates 72g24%
Fiber 3g13%
Protein 7g14%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

131 thoughts on “Instant Pot Brown Rice

  1. I have tried this several times an it just doesn’t work.
    Could it be the rice?
    I just purchased at my local grocery and there is no date on it.
    The stove top method is worse.

    1. hmm I am not sure at all..it’s such a basic full-proof recipe, I make brown rice all the time in my Instant Pot all the time.. what exactly is the problem that you are having? Is the rice still uncooked?

      1. 5 stars
        Just Made with short brown rice and sesame oil exactly as your recipe calls for (24 mins, NR), and it was perfect!!!

  2. Are you kidding me? 24 minutes? I cooked first time brown jasmine rice like brown rice itself according the manual of IP, and it said only 4 minutes in PC and than Natural Release from 10 minutes and up. And rice was fully cooked. Has anyone ever tried to keep rice for 24 minutes in IP on high pressure?

    1. hmm why do you think I will share a totally wrong time for cooking brown rice on my blog? I test everything several times before putting it here…yes brown rice does take 22 to 24 minutes ..and I make it every week this way! you can search for instant pot brown rice on google and see other recipes as well…they all will have the time in the same range..

      1. 5 stars
        Let me chime in on this instant pot ‘smack down’. We got our pot about a month ago. I just made brown rice for the first time, following the 24 minute pressure cook and natural release. It’s perfect. Four minutes would have been raw. Manali, thanks for the help.

        1. 5 stars
          Me too. It was excellent and perfect. Doing it again for supper tonight. I do use chicken broth though instead of water.

      2. If you don’t like a recipe or cooking instructions, no one is making you use it. Otherwise, you’re just being a troll and need to get a life

    2. 5 stars
      I have used this recipe a number of times with organic jasmine brown rice from my local health food store, and it is perfect every time. I use the Mealthy Multipot on the multigrain setting with the time set at 24 minutes. I have tried another instant pot recipe with a 15 minute cook time and rice was always still somewhat hard with water still left in the pot. This recipe cooks the rice perfectly, excellent liquid absorption each time with no residual water, very fluffy and delicious (especially when sesame oil is added for the oil – yum). Perhaps it is the rice used?

  3. I actually just tried my instant pot for the very first time tonight making rice. In the manual, it said for “Perfect brown rice” to do 4 minutes then natural release after 10 minutes. I did that and it was still VERY uncooked when I opened the pot. I will try your way next time. Thanks so much for the tips!

  4. 5 stars
    I have a new IP. I followed your instructions and the rice was absolutely perfect! Brown rice has always been a challenge for me. So happy!

  5. I tried your method Manali and it was a bit to watery for my taste but I’ve not given up on making my IP my go to rice cooker. Next time I’ll try cutting down the time during natural release, and if it’s still a miss I’ll try going for 2 cups water instead.

      1. 5 stars
        I’ve been reading other ideas on rice and the NR time seems to be the time it needs to absorb the extra moisture. I’m still new at using the IP and this method was perfect so it was a win for me!

  6. Hi Manali, I usually cook for 7, so I’m planning on doubling your recipe. Would you recommend that I increase the cook time somewhat if doubling, or do you think I should still stick to 24 minutes? I just started cooking with an 8 qt Instant Pot, so I’m still learning. Thanks!

  7. 5 stars
    Approximately how long does the natural release take? I tend to walk away and forget about my rice!! The timer tells me how long it’s been “sitting on warm” (the default setting after cooking I think). I’ve had mixed results because of this. Thanks.

  8. Well I certainly wish I’d read your blog before I did what I did in my IP last night lol. I was attempting to make a version of a brown rice curry bowl. I started by sautéing minced onions, garlic, and the brown rice. I added curry powder, fresh ginger, and tahini. I canceled that pulled the pot out for a few minutes, added equal quantities of water to rice and then set the rice cooking button. Once finished, the rice was definitely not cooked. (I’ve not made white rice in my IP yet but perhaps that rice option works well for white rice?) I had been cooking some frozen stir fry veggies in my wok when I had the not so brilliant idea to add them to the IP and cook them all together on manual at medium heat for 10 minutes. Well the IP never did seal but did cook and suffice to say, it was all a sticky mess (and even burning on the bottom) I’m not sure how long I left it – sometime between 5 and 10 minutes. I added more water (should have used veggie stock), some curry paste, some sesame seeds, and a few nuts. All in all it really didn’t taste too bad (the rice did cook) the veggies were not good (water chestnuts still had a wee crunch). Have you ever been as ill prepared and lazy as me and just wanted to throw everything in the IP? If I’d used fresh veggies perhaps it would have been better? It’s hard knowing liquid levels, cooking heats, and times. Should I have cooked the brown rice in the IP and the veggies with everything else in the wok and not cooked it all together – one pot meal? I know this is a crazy post . . . your thoughts?

    1. Hi Kelly, you can pressure cook things which take same amount of time to cook. Like brown rice with soaked beans/chickpeas/brown lentils = perfect! but a stir fry with veggies..white rice would work better..if you cook brown rice with veggies it will be a big mush..since brown rice takes much more time to cook and the veggies would turn mush by then. If you want to add them to brown rice, I would suggest first cooking the rice as mentioned in the recipe, then open the pot add the veggies, and put a glass lid on for 3-4 minutes. That’s enough to steam veggies like broccoli, peppers OR you can toss veggies in a pan and add to the rice. hope this helps!

      1. 5 stars
        That’s how we do it and it works well for us. We sometimes cook our lentils and rice together but we always wait until last 3-5 minutes to add our soft veggies and works great. Rice and beans/lentils are properly cooked and veggies are still crunchy they way we like them.

        Also I tried just the brown rice tonight with your cooking instructions and it came out great. We like adding the different curries but we also make a simple topping out of black beans, red kidney beans and Costco salsa. Just add all together and heat on stove. Then pour over rice and add toppings of your choice. We like cheese, sour cream ( or yogurt ) and fresh avocado. You can also sauté some onions, garlic peppers etc and add to the beans for more flavor/nutrition.

      2. Thank you Manali, for your response – I do LOVE my IP however it is a bit of a learning curve for sure! I will have to order a glass lid, I also hear you can make popcorn in the IP using the glass lid – that is interesting. However, it certainly makes sense to cook the brown rice and/or beans (longer cooking time) and then add the veggies (fresh or frozen – shorter cooking time). I try to stick to a whole foods, plant based, no salt, no oil, and no sugar diet. Since starting this lifestyle change, I’ve lost 20 lbs and have corrected my health from being a type 2 diabetic to prediabetes (continual journey) – sooooo exciting but not always easy! Saying that, I do love how quickly and juicy chicken is cooked in the instant pot! lol

  9. 5 stars
    WOW! Yummy, yummy, yummy! Easiest and the BEST tasting brown rice I have ever had. I made this exactly as the recipe called for using plain Publix brown rice and my family loved it! Thank you so much for a healthy rice recipe!

    1. according to Instant Pot officially the rice button is designed for cooking white rice only (low pressure for 12 mins is the default setting and you can’t adjust the time) so for all other types of rice you have to adjust the time and use the manual button…

  10. 5 stars
    This was my first time making brown rice and it came out perfect. It was so good and fluffy. I’m so glad I found this recipe. Thank you!

  11. 5 stars
    Hi! I followed your instructions for a batch of brown basmati rice in my IP, and it yielded what was indubitably the best brown rice I’ve ever made! Thanks Manali!!!

  12. 5 stars
    I’ve made this several times with Trader Joe’s brown jasmine, it’s great! Sometimes I substitute a cup of broth for one of the cups of water, but otherwise I follow this recipe to a T, comes out reliably well! And easy as can be.

  13. 5 stars
    Hi…I tried this using Aldi’s Simply Nature Organic Quick Cook Long Grain Brown Rice (which according to bag takes 15-20 min on stove top) I used your portions of water, rice, oil and salt and did high pressure for 20 minutes. We don’t usually like brown rice so I figured I could throw it out if it turned out poorly since I had given myself enough time. It did a LONG natural release since I wasn’t around. WOW! It tasted very good (which is high praise from me) even my youngest who has a bit of a “discerning palate” thought it was pretty good, too.

    Personally, I think it makes quite a bit more than 4 servings at almost 7 cups cooked…but I guess if you are rice lover….it might be 4 large servings. I will share this recipe with those I know who have an IP like me! Thanks!

  14. Hello. I would like to make a double batch (4 cups brown rice). How much water would i use and would it change the time?

  15. 5 stars
    I got my IP a few months ago it has been SO great but I have not been very happy with the rice I have been making. So I looked at a bunch of instructions online. This one is just perfect! The kids and I could not get enough of it. I think my problem was that I was always using IR. The key is the NR. What I don’t understand is why the NR time is not included in all these recipes. 2 min prep, got it. 10 min to heat up, yup. 24 minutes pressure cooker, seem perfect. 25 minutes for natural release, that’s the longest part of the process and every recipe seems to act like it’s nothing! If that’s what it takes to make it right how do we just overlook this in the meal times. It still takes a full hour to make this rice.

    1. “What I don’t understand is why the NR time is not included in all these recipes.”

      Because many people copy/paste others’ recipes (that are also wrong/incomplete). I learned this after trial/error and realized most people who put up recipes on the internet have never actually made it themselves. Also at high altitude, cooking time must be adjusted up by 5% per 1000 ft above 2000 ft elevation. I live at 7000′ and it takes 30 minutes cooking time because water boils at a lower temp the higher the elevation, thus it takes longer. Hope that helps someone out there also frustrated by all the online fake recipes.

      1. I don’t know about others but I test each recipe at least TWICE before putting in on my blog. I am a published author and also do this full time. I make sure that I put the best recipes for my readers and take this very seriously. And I do write cook time which includes the time taken for the pot to come to pressure, I take a note of it. This is neither a fake recipe nor a fake blog. Thank you! – Manali

        1. Sorry about that; I didn’t say, or mean to imply, your site is like the others I was talking about, but I should have clarified your recipe (and site) is indeed spot-on and accurate, as reflected in the proper cooking time for this recipe, and the fact you mentioned you had cooked this many times. I was only answering Justin’s question, after being frustrated by so many other sites, and then finding your recipe here is accurate and a good one I should have mentioned that…very sorry about the misunderstanding!

      2. 4 stars
        Thank you very much for this recipe! I have tried some other recipes, including the one that came with the IP, but none of them resulted in the “perfect” texture that I had been able to achieve with steaming rice in a regular pressure cooker. Your recipe has come the closest, and I enjoy eating the rice very much. The added bit of olive oil gives the rice a slight sweetness that is wonderful.

  16. 5 stars
    Tried this recipe today, the brown rice came out perfect. I think it’s important to weight the rice, that’s what I did.

  17. 1 star
    Sorry, I wanted to like it. I appreciate you sharing your recipes but this turned out like mush for me. I followed the directions exactly and I was so bummed when the rice was way overcooked. I used organic brown rice. Not parcooked. I thought I would post this so readers might try this recipe as an experiment before they rely on it for a meal. I learned the hard way.

    1. Sorry it didn’t work out for you. Works perfectly for me every time so not sure what went wrong. It’s a tried and tested recipe by several readers on the blog. I am really curious how 2 cups brown rice with 2.5 cups water can result in a mush? hmm

  18. I love my IP but have not tried rice. I’m wondering if I want to halve or even quarter the recipe how long would I cook it for. I’m assuming I would adjust the water accordingly. Also if I was to cook the amount in your recipe, can brown rice be frozen?

  19. 5 stars
    Finally a brown rice recipe that worked in my pressure cooker! Followed your directions, proportions and timing exactly. Thank you!

  20. 5 stars
    Normally I don’t comment on recipes. This was my first time ever using our instant pot. I followed the recipe to a T.
    This was probably the BEST rice I’ve ever had in my LIFE. I normally cant even comprehend somebody eating plain rice and enjoying it. It sounds so boring and gross! I was making this rice to put in a recipe, but I tried a bite to make sure it was cooked fully. I didn’t want to stop eating it!!
    Thank you for the helpful instructions.
    Very delicious!! I can see why you make it every week. 🙂

  21. 5 stars
    This couldn’t have worked more perfectly and so simple. I’ve tried a few other recipes and rice was either dry or sticky or too wet. This couldn’t be better.

  22. 5 stars
    This is the fourth or fifth recipe I’ve tried for brown rice in the IP, and it’s the first one that turned out as well as (or better than) cooked on the stovetop. It’s a heck of a lot easier, too.

  23. I love this recipe. I have never had brown rice turn out. I used your recipe and the rice came out perfect!

  24. 5 stars
    Okay! I just used this method for brown Jasmine rice but I took a chance and added wild rice. I find wild rice finicky, easily over or under cooked, but ‘just right’ is more elusive.

    I did 1.5c brown Jasmine, .5c wild, same water and sea salt and a pile of butter. 24mins and 16min NR by the time I got to it and it was PERFECT! Even the wild rice was just right!!

    Thanks so much for the post!

  25. Hi Manali,

    What version of the instant pot do you use? I have the Duo Plus 6qt. Would it make a difference what IP we use?

    Thanks!

  26. I usually cook 5-6 cups of brown rice at a time. Is it a 1:1 ratio and 24 minutes no matter how many cups are being cooked?

  27. 2 questions…can I halve the recipe, and cook for same time? You make this once/week. Best way to keep leftovers? Thanks!

  28. I’m going to have 7 adults plus, I’m wondering if I can double your recipe to get the approximate amount needed to serve us all? Does it then need additional time yo cook in the instapot? Thank you-

      1. Thank you! Also it’s my first time using the pot. After 24 min, should I push the valve over to “venting” or will it release on its own?

          1. Me again & trying recipe again this week. So our rice came out really oily & a bit hard. I had let it naturally release for over 30 minutes. How long should I have let the natural pressure release go for before opening the pot top? I cooked for 24 min & followed the rest of the recipe. Thank you again!

          2. natural pressure is natural pressure release..you will let the pin drop on its own. Maybe try with a different brown rice brand? because the rice shouldn’t be hard after cooking for that long at all…

  29. Absolutely foolproof. This recipe is absolutely, perfectly wonderful. It cooks the rice beautifully every time. I didn’t realise I could be so happy about a rice recipe/method but I always felt like I was endlessly cooking it and now I just pop this on and within an hour I have as much rice as I need, no mess, and plenty left over to freeze for lazy days.

  30. Hi Manali,
    First time IP user, so plz pardon my ignorance, tried making the biryani today, came out really good….thx for that……but just a quick question here…… after the 5 mins of pressure cook on high, the IP goes to an automatic LO setting( dont know what that stands for, is it a natural pressure release or is it cooking it further), should I manually cancel that LO setting, and put an external timer for 5 mins, then do Quick Release or let it be on LO setting for 5 mins and then do QR….sorry if I sound dumb:((
    Really appreciate and admire all your hard work

    1. when it displays LO, it means that this much time has passed since the cooking cycle ended. It’s not cooking further. So after your 5 minutes at high pressure is over, the IP beeps and then starts displaying LO:01 LO:02, this is just the amount of time that has passed since those 5 minutes at high pressure were over. when I say quick release the pressure after say 5 minutes, you just wait for screen to display LO:05 and then move the valve from sealing to venting position manually. If its natural pressure release, you do nothing and wait until the pin drops on its own. No questions are dumb! 🙂 hope this helps!

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