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!
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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!
4.87 from 74 votes
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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188 thoughts on “Instant Pot Brown Rice

  1. 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!!!

  2. 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!

    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…

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 5 stars
    I’ve never ever been able to cook rice but followed your recipe exactly and it’s Perfect…Thank you so much!

  7. 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!

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