Instant Pot Brown Rice

4.86 from 71 votes
Time 37 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 361
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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! Perfect to enjoy with your favorite curries or stir-fry!

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.


The recipe has only 4 ingredients.

Brown rice: you can use whichever brown rice you prefer here. I like the one from Trader Joe’s and that is what I have used in the recipe.

Olive oil: addition of oil helps flavor the rice and also improves the texture. You can use any oil here, I prefer olive oil.

bowl of brown rice, spoon with oil and salt all placed on a board

Salt: just like the oil, salt helps in flavoring the rice, so I do recommend adding some of it.

Water: and of course you need some water to cook the rice.

These are pretty much the basic ingredients you need for this recipe. You can of course add some spices to it like turmeric, paprika etc. if you want to add some flavor to the rice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I half this recipe?

Yes easily, use 1 cup brown rice (195 grams) , 1.25 cups water (10 oz), 1 teaspoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

The pressure cooking time remains same.

Does this recipe work with all kinds of brown rice?

I have made this recipe with brown jasmine rice, short brown rice and it works well with both. Haven’t tested with brown basmati rice but I am pretty sure it will work with the same ratios. 


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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This post has been updated from the recipe archives, first published in June 2018.

Instant Pot Brown Rice

Instant Pot Brown Rice with a spoon
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!
4.86 from 71 votes
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Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 37 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 361 kcal


  • 2 cups brown rice 390 grams
  • 2.5 cups water 20 oz
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Rinse brown rice under running water. Drain the water and then add it to the inner steel container of your Instant Pot.
  • Then add water to the pot along with olive oil and salt. Give a quick stir.
  • 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. Enjoy with any curry or your choice!


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.


Calories: 361kcalCarbohydrates: 72gProtein: 7gFat: 4gSodium: 302mgPotassium: 254mgFiber: 3gCalcium: 36mgIron: 1.7mg
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186 thoughts on “Instant Pot Brown Rice

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  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. 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.

      2. 5 stars
        Me too. It was excellent and perfect. Doing it again for supper tonight. I do use chicken broth though instead of water.

      3. Hi trying the brown rice recipe for the 1st time will let you know how it turns out.

      4. 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?

      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!!!

  5. 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’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?

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