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Foolproof Instant Pot White Rice

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Instant Pot White Rice is an easy and foolproof way to make plain white rice. No more overdone or under-cooked rice. Preparing rice in the Instant Pot makes it perfect every time.

Does anyone else have problems making white rice? I’ve always said white rice on the stove and pie crusts from scratch are the two things that give me trouble.

When we got the Instant Pot, rice was suddenly so simple. I’ve even branched out to brown rice, Minute white rice, and Minute brown rice with no issues.

Occasionally, we’ll even use the Instant Pot to make flavored rice like coconut rice or cilantro lime rice. For me, it works more consistently than using the stove top.

Bowl filled with cooked white rice.
White rice prepared in the Instant Pot comes out light and fluffy.

How to Make Instant Pot White Rice:

This recipe only has three ingredients (four if you count the water) and literally takes minutes to throw together.

Many sources will say you have to rinse the rice before adding it to the stainless steel liner. I use to rinse the rice through a mesh sieve every single time.

It didn’t matter which brand of rice I was using, it got rinsed for several minutes until the water ran clear. For some reason, the rice always seemed a little gummy, clumped, and sometimes stuck to the bottom of pot.

That seems counterintuitive, since rinsing the rice is supposed to wash away excess starch and keep it from being overly sticky. Eventually, I started just dumping it in.

That worked so much better than rinsing, so now that’s how I do it every time.

Collage style photo showing instant pot liner with rice ingredients.
Instant Pot white rice is an easy “dump-and-go” recipe that only takes a few minutes to prepare.

Since there is no need to rinse the rice, simply add all the ingredients to the Instant Pot, and give them a quick stir.

Next, close the lid, and make sure the valve is set to “sealing.” Our model has the “Rice” button and allows a toggle from low to high pressure.

Set the Instant Pot to “Rice” on low pressure. It should automatically set for 12 minutes.

Every Instant Pot takes some time to come to pressure before it actually starts to cook, so it will take a few minutes to begin to count down the cook time.

This depends on the pot’s contents, whether it is set to low or high pressure, and the temperature of the ingredients (similar to heating a pot of ingredients on the stove top).

I record this time when I make the recipe, and add it to the recipe card. However, it’s an average, and doubling or tripling the recipe will change the amount of time it take the pot to “come to pressure.”

Collage style photo cooked rice in the instant pot.
Cook the rice on low pressure, and it comes out fluffy and perfectly cooked.

After the Instant Pot comes to pressure and the rice cooks for 12 minutes, press “cancel” to turn off the Instant Pot. This will keep the “keep warm” function from kicking on.

The “keep warm” function allows the pot to stay at a temperature of about 165°F which can easily dry out the rice and cause it to stick or overcook. Allow the pot to naturally release pressure for 6 minutes before opening the valve.

If you need to set a timer to watch the time, we recommend setting one on your phone, microwave, or oven instead. Once the pressure releases for 6 minutes (through natural release and opening the valve), remove the lid.

Use a fork to fluff the rice. It should be al dente  or firm when bitten. Use this rice as a side dish for your favorite recipes.

We love using it in fried rice or burritos!

Blue bowl with fluffed rice.
White rice is a great add-in to other recipes like stir fry, burritos, rice bowls, and casseroles.

Don’t forget to check out our Instant Pot White Rice web story!

White rice in a blue bowl.

Foolproof Instant Pot White Rice

Yield: 2 Cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Come to Pressure: 11 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

Instant Pot White Rice is an easy and foolproof way to make plain white rice. No more overdone or under-cooked rice. Preparing rice in the Instant Pot makes it perfect every time.


  • 1 1/4 Cups Water
  • 1 Cup Long-Grain White Rice
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt


  1. Add rice, water, olive oil, and salt to Instant Pot. Stir so that water covers rice.
  2. Close the lid, and make sure valve is set to "sealing." Press the "Rice" button and toggle to low pressure for 12 minutes. After the cook time is up, allow a natural pressure release for 6 minutes.
  3. After 6 minutes, open the valve to release remaining pressure. Remove the lid.
  4. Use a fork to fluff the rice and serve. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of ½ cup of rice. Actual calories will vary.

*We used a 6-quart Instant Pot Duo and have not tested this in any other size/model. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.

*For more information and tips, please refer to the post.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 0.5 Cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 199Total Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 296mgCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 3g

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