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.

Ingredients

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. 

Method

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
Manali
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 75 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 37 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 361 kcal

Ingredients

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

Instructions
 

  • 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!

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

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

  1. Love this recipe. What’s the trick to making it less al dente? Guessing longer cooking time would make it more al dente as the rice will dry out? Or is that the trick? Would soaking it beforehand help? Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    Made the recipe exactly in the proper ratio but used 2 cups of brown rice 2 1 cup organic coconut milk, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup chicken broth and it was awesome! Thanks for the recipe, love it!

  3. I use the Della brown rice from Costco. When I cook brown rice in instant pot, the top layer is a bit hard, crunchy, slightly undercooked and dry. But the bottom layers are mushy and a bit overcooked. I would really like a uniform texture. I make sure I turn the Keep Warm mode off on my IP so that the rice does not harden. Any idea why this happens? Thank you!!

  4. 5 stars
    I thought I would finish off a large bag of brown rice. Turned out it was 3.5 cups. I did not rinse. I used the recommended 1/1.25 rice/water ratio. I did add the salt and olive oil. I slightly shortened the cooking time to 22 minutes because I planned to do a full natural release. It was perfect.

  5. 5 stars
    I used these instructions for the inaugural experience with my new InstantPot and the rice turned out perfectly (the first time Uce ever achieved perfectly fluffy brown rice). It was good enough to eat by itself. Thanks!!

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