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
4.19 from 11 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

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  1. Bea says

    Hey! I tried this recipe today and the rice was too hard, not fully cooked.
    I used normal round rice, not basmati.
    Any idea why!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Sorry that happened, Bea! It could be the type of rice. Unless perhaps the Instant Pot didn’t seal and pressurize properly?

      • Bea says

        The instant pot is completely new and pressurised well. The rice is “round rice”, the kind of rice we grow in Spain. Any advice on how much water shall I give it? In normal “grandma” cooking the ratio is double water than rice. Is that the same in instant pot?

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Bea, cooking grains in the Instant Pot typically requires about half the amount of water of cooking them on the stovetop. It’s hard to say precisely on timing without testing that type of rice ourselves, but it sounds like it may be similar in size/shape to arborio rice. Maybe check out a recipe for Instant Pot arborio rice? Hope that helps!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Tinisia. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a star rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

  2. Jessica says

    Came out perfect (for us). 2 cups white rice, 1 cup low sodium cooking stock (chicken), 1 cup water. I added a tablespoon of veg oil because my 6 year old is trying to gain weight. Pinch of salt, 4 minute cook, 10 minute release. Since I didnt rinse the rice first, it is a bit sticky but that’s how my kid likes it!!

  3. Tate says

    I’ve tried lots of suggestions re how to cook rice I n my now three-week old Instant Pot Dúo. Yet again, using the 4 minute pressure cook instructions, the rice came out like sticky-rice. Hey, some people want and like sticky-rice. I’d prefer fluffy rice. I think I’ll go back to stove top. Maybe even return the Instant Pot. BUT, mixed with roasted chicken and bone broth, the dog ate all of this version of rice rather than simply most of the rice from other cooking instructions.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Tate, sorry to hear it didn’t turn out as you were hoping. What type of rice is it that you’re using?

    • Jeff says

      Try rinsing your rice before you cook it. I put mine in a mesh strainer and let water run over it until it runs clear. You need to stir it around in order to get all of the rice rinsed. This washes off a lot of the extra starch that causes the rice to be sticky.

  4. Bobbie says

    This is the most life changing recipe ever!!!! My kids want rice every night and I always say you have to know before you make dinner if you are having rice because it’s takes SO long and you have to babysit it. This cooking hack is THE ACTUAL BEST!!! I now make rice often, and I do 1/2 water and have chicken broth for the best flavor! I don’t rinse it either and I add a drizzle of olive oil. I even doubled the recipe and did 8 mins cooking and 16 mins natural release and then quick release for a big group and it was perfect! No one could believe how yummy and fluffy it was without babysitting it. I will never make it on the stove again!

  5. Rebecca says

    Absolutely horrible! i have made this several times. It’s crunchy nasty not cooked. I make brown rice on the multigrain 40 minute and it’s good. But white rice?? Def a no go.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Rebecca, sorry to hear it hasn’t worked for you. Other readers have had success with this recipe, so we wonder if something could be going wrong. What type of white rice are you using? And to confirm, you’re cooking it on HIGH for 4 minutes?

  6. 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!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ 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!

  7. 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?

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

        • Denise says

          Two questions…
          1–Do you find it better to rinse the rice? If so, does the water quantity or time change?
          2–For doubling or tripling the recipe, do you do the same to the time?

          • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

            Hi Denise, we don’t find rinsing necessary! Keep the time the same if doubling or tripling. Hope that helps!

  10. 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?