How to Cook Rice in An Instant Pot

How to cook rice in your instant pot.

Does the instant pot make good rice? Yes! One of my favorite uses for my instant pot is making rice. This post will show you how to cook rice in your instant pot. The only ingredients needed for this are rice, water and ghee. This is the perfect, most simple rice recipe. With an electric pressure cooker you can just set it, and forget it.

I know that cooking rice seems simple, right? But I struggled for a long time with it.

How to cook rice in your instant pot

How to cook rice in your instant pot

Before moving to a high altitude, I had it down. Post move, it became a whole other beast.

I tried rice makers and making it on the stove; I even resorted to minute rice and boil-in-bag varieties. It would turn out too wet, too crunchy, too sticky; you name it.

I added less water, more water, salt, oil. I literally tried every trick in the book.

Enter my electric pressure cooker.

How to cook rice in your instant pot

How to cook rice in your instant pot

It’s a simple ratio of water to rice that can be scaled to fit the size of the crowd you’re feeding. So take my recipe and multiply it by however much you need to make. For reference, two cups of rice is more than enough to feed my family of five. In fact, it could probably feed six or seven people. We always have leftovers.

The instant pot rice recipe is as follows:

1 Cup of Long Grain White Rice
1 Cup of Water
1 Tablespoon of Ghee

  1. Rinse your rice thoroughly a few times.
  2. Add rice and water to instant pot, along with the ghee.
  3. Seal your pot, and set it to cook for 7 minutes on high pressure.
  4. After it cooks, let the steam release naturally. This can take around 15 minutes, but believe me, it’s worth it.

After the steam has fully released on its own, remove the lid and fluff with a fork. If you like stickier rice, you can let it air out for a bit before fluffing.

Oila! You have easy instant pot rice that turns out perfect every single time!

See below for a few notes:

What is Ghee?

Ghee is clarified butter. By clarified, I mean that it’s been heated and boiled enough to allow separation of the milk solids from the liquid oils. The solids are then skimmed off and removed, leaving a clear (clarified) result.

Can you use butter instead of ghee?

Sure! I just prefer the nuttier taste of ghee. You can even leave it out all together.


Is this instant pot rice recipe safe for lower altitudes?

I live at around 6000 ft, but this recipe and the ratios should work the same at lower altitudes as well!

If you need a dessert to go with your main dish and this rice recipe, pop on over to my pudding post. It’s vegan and allergen friendly!

Let me know how your instant pot rice turns out!

Instant Pot Rice

How to cook long grain rice easily in your instant pot.
Prep Time3 mins
Active Time30 mins
0 mins
Total Time33 mins
Yield: 7 Servings
Author: Julene Jensen
Cost: $1


  • Electric Pressure Cooker


  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Rice
  • 1 TBSP Ghee


  • Rinse rice thoroughly several times until water runs relatively clear.
  • Add rinsed rice, water and ghee into your pressure cooker.
  • Seal the lid and set it to high pressure with a cook time of 7 minutes.
  • After it's done cooking, let the pressure release naturally. This could take up to 15 minutes.
  • After the pressure is released, open the cooker and fluff with a fork.


If you would like stickier rice, let it air out and cool a bit before fluffing it.