Instant Pot White Rice (Fast, Tender, Fluffy!)

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Bowl of fluffy, perfect white rice

With an Instant Pot and about 20 minutes, you can make fluffy, PERFECT white rice every time! Let us show you how.

Bowl and spoon of dry white rice

Instant Pot White Rice

Cooking white rice in the Instant Pot is our preferred method because it’s fast, fluffy, hands-off, and yields perfect results every time!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Ratio = 1 part white rice (we used basmati) : 1 part water
  • Cook Time = 4 minutes
  • Release = 10 minute natural release, then release any remaining pressure

It’s incredibly versatile and can be used in stir fries and sushi or with stewscurries, and more!

White rice and water in the Instant Pot

Did you find this helpful? If so, be sure to check out our Instant Pot Cooking Times Guide for perfectly cooked grains and beans every time!

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Cooked white rice in Instant Pot

Instant Pot White Rice (Fast, Tender, Fluffy!)

A quick & simple method for making PERFECT, fluffy white rice in the Instant Pot every time! Just 1 ingredient and about 20 minutes required!
Author Minimalist Baker
Bowl of Instant Pot white rice
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 18 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4 (~3/4-cup servings)
Course Helpful How-to, Side Dish
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 5 Days



  • Add white rice and water (or vegetable broth) to the Instant Pot and stir to prevent sticking. Pressure cook on high for 4 minutes (it will take about 8 minutes for the Instant Pot to pressurize before cooking begins).
  • Once the timer goes off, allow to naturally release for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure. Carefully remove lid once steam has fully escaped.
  • Enjoy immediately in stir fries or sushi, or with stews, curries, and more! Store cooled leftovers in the refrigerator up to 5 days or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat in a skillet on the stovetop, adding oil or coconut aminos, as needed, to prevent sticking.



*Total time includes active cook time, release time, and the time it takes for the Instant Pot to heat up (~8 minutes).
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with unenriched rice.

Nutrition (1 of 4 servings)

Serving: 1 three-quarter-cup serving Calories: 169 Carbohydrates: 37 g Protein: 3.3 g Fat: 0.3 g Saturated Fat: 0.1 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.08 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 2 mg Potassium: 53 mg Fiber: 0.6 g Sugar: 0.1 g Vitamin A: 0 IU Vitamin C: 0 mg Calcium: 12.95 mg Iron: 0.37 mg

Reader Interactions


  1. El says

    I’m trying this today with my new Xmas present :) I was wondering if I wanted to add veggies – say cubed carrots and peas – would I need to add more water? Or just chuck them on top and they’ll steam ok? Tia!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi El! We haven’t tried that, but we think it would work without extra water. Let us know how it goes!

  2. Esmeralda Cassion says

    I love rice as it is a staple in my culture . I tried your recipe with a slight difference I added cut up green onions , green bell pepper julian . it tasted pretty good . what do you think of that addition?

  3. Karen says

    Made with 2 cups rice and 2 cups water with 1 tbs of plant butter. Pressure cooked on high for 4 minutes and slow released for 10 – PERFECT!

  4. Casey Nuñez says

    Thank you for this recipe/how-to! This saved me from losing faith in my instant pot. All I wanted was a pressure cooker/slow cooker/rice cooker and I’ve struggled with making rice for 2 years.

      • Michelle says

        This has happened to me depending on the type and age of your rice. Some types of rice require more water as does older rice. Try adding an additional 1/4 cup of water and see if that helps.

  5. Angie says

    Is this recipe for the 3-quart pot? or the 6 quart pot? I have a 3-quart pot. If it is for a 6-quart pot, how would I modify it for a 3-quart pot?

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