Learn how to cook brown rice in an Instant Pot. This Instant Pot Brown Rice recipe is the easiest and quickest way to cook rice if you don't have a rice cooker. The rice is cooked to perfection, so fluffy and tender with just a little crunch to it, and not at all mushy.
In this recipe, you will learn how to cook brown rice in an Instant Pot or any electric pressure cooker. This cooking technique works on any type of brown rice (short, long, or medium grain), except the instant rice variety.
Also, check out this Instant Pot White Rice recipe.
Instant Pot Brown Rice
There are so many things to love about this Instant Pot brown rice recipe.
Quick and Easy
There is no need to spend more than 30 minutes cooking the rice. You just need to wash the rice then dump all of the ingredients in one pot and let the Instant pot do the job.
It Uses Less Water
You don't need to use a lot of water to cook brown rice. This Instant Pot brown recipe only requires a 1:1 water to rice ratio.
Brown Rice Health Benefits
Brown rice is inexpensive and many people think that it has a better texture than white rice.
Brown rice is a whole grain. It hasn't had the bran and germ removed so it is also more nutritious than white rice.
It contains so many nutrients that may benefit our bodies. It's high in fiber and vitamins which can reduce the risk of death from heart disease, obesity, and certain cancers.
How to Cook Brown Rice in an Instant Pot
Step 1. Rinse the Brown Rice
It's very important to rinse your rice to remove impurities and debris. Rinsing will prevent the rice to clump together. As a result, the rice will have a better texture.
Don't forget to drain the rice really well after rinsing.
Step 2. Add Brown Rice and Water into the Pot
Add brown rice and water into the pot. Stir to combine.
Step 3. Cook the Rice at High Pressure
Secure the lid. Cook on Manual at High Pressure for 15 minutes, and natural release for 10 minutes.
Step 4. Let the Rice Rest
Open the lid, make sure that the Instant Pot is completely off. Letting your IP in a "Warm" mode will cause the rice to turn dry and hard.
Fluff the rice using a fork and let it rest for about 5 minutes to reduce the wetness of the rice.
FAQ and Cooking Tips
It's optional. If you want to add flavor to the rice, you can add 1 tbsp of butter or oil, and ½-¾ tsp of sea salt.
First, let the rice cool down at room temperature but no longer than 2 hours. Transfer the leftover to an airtight container. Properly stored, it lasts about 5-7 days in the fridge or up to a month in the freezer.
Brown rice should be kept in a dry and cool pantry in an airtight container and can be refrigerated.
Check Out More Instant Pot Recipes
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- Instant Pot Mussels in White Wine
- Instant Pot Indian-Style Rice
- Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala
- Pressure Cooker Osso Buco
- Instant Pot Massaman Curry
Instant Pot Brown Rice
- Instant Pot
- 1½ cups brown rice
- 1½ cups plain water
- Add rice to a fine-meshed strainer. Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear. Drain well.
- Add brown rice and water into the pot. Stir to combine. Secure the lid. Cook on Manual at High Pressure for 15 minutes, and natural release for 10 minutes.
- Open the lid. Make sure that the Instant Pot is completely off. Letting your IP in a "Warm" mode will cause the rice to turn hard. Fluff the rice using a fork and let it rest for about 5-10 minutes to reduce the wetness of the rice.