This no-fail pressure cooker instant pot brown rice recipe will get you one step closer to putting a wholesome dinner on your table!
Cooking brown rice in the instant pot is way easier and faster than cooking brown rice on the stovetop, and you don’t need to worry about any mess or burning the rice.
Instant pot brown rice takes less than 5 minutes of active pre-time and makes the best fluffy brown rice than any other cooking method.
How to cook brown rice in the instant pot?
STEP 1. Add the rinsed brown rice to the inner pot of your instant pot (pressure cooker).
STEP 2. Add 1 cup water to the pot. Make sure the water is covering the brown rice, stir it if it needed.
STEP 3. Place the lid on the pot and lock it in place. Turn the steam release knob to the Sealing position Press the manual/pressure cook button (or dial) and the + or – button (or dial) to choose 18 minutes. (or 22 minutes if you like sticky brown rice)
STEP 4. When the cooking cycle has finished, let the pot sit undisturbed until it releases the pressure naturally.
STEP 5. When the metal pin in the lid drops down, you can open the lid facing away from you. Fluff the brown rice with a fork or spoon.
What setting for brown rice in the instant pot
Pressure cook for newest instant pot models and manual for oldest instant pot models. Don’t try the rice button to cook brown rice because that setting was intended for white rice.
How long to cook brown rice in the instant pot?
For perfect brown rice cook in the instant pot, 18 minutes of pressure cooking and natural release is all it takes with the pressure cooker.
But if you prefer sticky brown rice pressure cook for 22 minutes and natural release until the metal pin drops.
What to add to brown rice?
You only need a thin liquid like water, chicken or vegetable broth to cook this instant pot brown rice.
How much water to cook brown rice in the instant pot?
Brown rice is a 1:1 water to rice ratio, which means for every cup of rice, you need a cup of water or broth. Just make sure to use the same cup to measure the rice and water, because some cups are imperial and others are metric.
You will need to rinse the brown rice if you do not then add an extra ¼ cup water to the pot, which means you will need 1 ¼ cups water if you don’t rinse the brown rice.
Can you freeze cooked brown rice?
Yes! You can freeze cooked brown rice. It is very convenient to have brown rice ready in the freezer for those busy weeknight dinner.
Here is how to freeze cooked brown rice
- Spread the cooked rice in a sheet pan and let it cool until it is no longer hot.
- Portion the rice into freezer bags; I recommend using quart-size freezer bags and adding a cup of cool cooked rice into each bag.
- Spread and flatten the rice with the help of your hands to form a single layer in the bag.seal and squish much air out as you can. Repeat with the remaining rice.
- Place the bags in a clean sheet pan, then freezer in flat stacks, and place in the freezer until the rice is frozen around 2 hours.
- Use a gallon freezer bag for easier storage and place the frozen rice bags into it, labeled with the contents and date—store for up to 3 months.
How to reheat the brown rice?
To reheat the brown rice using your instant pot, you’ll need to do the pot in pot method.
And here is how you are going to do it.
Place the brown rice in a heat-proof container and then place the trivet in the Instant Pot, add a cup of water and place the container with rice uncovered on the trivet.
Put the instant pot lid on, knob to sealing or don’t press the release knob, then press steam for 5 minutes—quick pressure release. Enjoy!
The easiest way is to place the frozen rice in a microwave-safe container cover and heat for 1-minute increments until rice is hot.
You can also use the rice to make fried rice, burrito bowls, or any other recipe that calls for cooked brown rice thr
Use a mesh strainer to rinse the rice. It helps to remove the starch, especially with white rice.
Remove the rice as soon as you open the lid, and you fluffy with a fork to prevent it from sticking on the button of the inner pot.
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- 1 cup brown rice, rinsed
- 1 cup water (chicken broth or vegetable broth)
- 1. Add the rinsed brown rice to the inner pot of your instant pot (pressure cooker).
- Add 1 cup water to the pot. Make sure the water is covering the brown rice, stir it if it needed.
- Place the lid on the pot and lock it in place. Turn the steam release knob to the Sealing position (or DON'T press the release knob for the newest model). Press the manual/pressure cook button (or dial) and the + or - button (or dial) to choose 18 minutes (or 22 minutes if you like sticky brown rice) The pot will take a few minutes to build up the pressure before the timer starts.
- When the cooking cycle has finished, let the pot sit undisturbed until it releases the pressure naturally.
- When the metal pin in the lid drops down, you can open the lid facing away from you.
- Store cooked brown rice in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.
You will need to rinse the brown rice if you DO NOT then add an extra ¼ cup water to the pot, which means you will need 1 ¼ cups water only if you don't rinse the brown rice.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 55Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.