Perfecting the perfect rice

One of the most popular posts we’ve ever shared on our blog is How to cook perfect rice in an electric pressure cooker

We shouldn’t be surprised. Rice is a staple food in many diets and cuisines around the world, enjoyed daily by billions of people. The rice cooker has long been a popular appliance found in many homes and when our founder, and CEO Robert Wang first invented the Instant Pot, one of his goals was to find a way to make perfect rice.

Happily, he was successful. The venerable rice cooker is one of many other appliances the Instant Pot replaces. We understand that perfect rice means different things to different people. With a little practice finding the ideal time and water combination needed to suit personal tastes, most people agree that an Instant Pot actually makes better rice than any designated rice cooker!

We’ve given our popular old post about How to cook perfect rice in an electric pressure cooker a bit of an update. It’s still the same great information, but we’ve improved the format to put the perfect rice recipe front and center for those who aren’t as concerned with why it works, they just want to know how to do it.

If you’re looking for the answer to perfect rice, we’ll make things even easier for you! Here’s the only recipe you need to get started:

Instant Pot 1:1 Perfect Rice Recipe

  1. Measure out dry rice, set aside. We recommend using directly in the inner pot. For smaller amounts, use the pot-in-pot method.
  2. Measure out the same amount of water, then add it to Instant Pot’s inner pot.
  3. Rinse the rice, then add the wet rice to the water in the inner pot. Never fill your inner pot past the half-way mark when cooking rice.
  4. Place the inner pot into the cooker base, then plug in your Instant Pot.
  5. Close the lid, and set the steam release to the “Seal” position.
  6. Select your pressure cooking program:
    • The “Rice” Smart Program automatically sets the time for white or parboiled rice only.
    • For other types of rice, use the “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” Smart Program on High and use + and – to set the correct time depending on your preferences and any local issues, like high elevation or a large amount of rice.
    • Turn “Keep Warm” off.
  7. Do a natural release (NR) to release pressure from your cooker.
  8. When the float valve has dropped, open your Instant Pot, then fluff, serve and enjoy your perfect rice.

There you go. Perfect rice every time. If you find there’s still water left unabsorbed in the inner pot when you’re done cooking, you may need to cook it a bit longer next time. If the rice is a bit too “al dente” (firm) for your liking, add a bit more water next time.

That’s really all there is to it. Perfect rice every time is within your grasp.

Check the Instant Pot blog again on Friday for our Top 10 Recipes with Rice and put your perfect rice into action.

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1 reply
  1. Fred the Head
    Fred the Head says:

    I used the “Rice” programming option on my Instant Pot Duo and my White rice was overcooked.

    I switched to Parboiled rice and added 1 cup water to each cup of Parboiled rice (1:1). I then cooked the Parboiled rice on HIGH pressure for 3 minutes – the rice was slightly undercooked. I repeated with another experiment, cooking the Parboiled rice on HIGH pressure for 4 minutes – the rice was slightly overcooked.

    I will experiment tonight with 1.5 cups rice, 1.25 cups water, 1 cup sautéed onion, and 1 cup frozen peas on HIGH pressure for 3 minutes. I reduced the amount of water thinking that the sautéed onion and frozen peas will add water. Final ratio (Rice 1.2 parts:water 1 part) plus sautéed onion and frozen peas.


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