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Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe

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This Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe is the perfect hands-off way to cook brown rice. It comes out ready to use with any recipe or as a side dish. Simple, fluffy, and comforting.

large bowl of instant pot brown rice

I feel in love with brown rice while in college.

There was a restaurant in Tallahassee, Florida that served the best stir fry. You could customize your own stir fry with your favorite ingredients. My go-to combination was usually brown rice, chicken, zucchini, mushrooms, sweet ginger sauce, and topped with feta cheese. So good!

I’m not sure why I went with brown rice every time, but the combination just worked. I no longer live in the Tallahassee area, but I love making my own version at home using the same ingredients. The main ingredient is brown rice and it is no secret that it can take some time to prepare.

That was until the Instant Pot…the version that I use is the 6-quart Lux 6-in-1 pressure cooker.

Why Pressure Cooker Brown Rice?

It is the best way to make hands-off perfectly cooked brown rice each and every time. You basically place all the ingredients into the pressure cooker, give it a stir, cover, and allow the pressure cooker to work its magic. Once complete the rice is fluffy and ready to use. This is my favorite way to cook brown rice with no stress as to how it will turn out.

How long does it take to cook brown rice?

The time it takes to cook brown rice can vary based on the method used. On a stovetop in a saucepan, it can take at least 45 minutes. However, in the instant pot or a pressure cooker, it can take less than 30 minutes. For this recipe, it takes 24 minutes to cook brown rice.

Do you need to rinse brown rice?

No. It is not necessary for this recipe. I did not rinse the brown rice before adding it into the instant pot for this recipe.

What ingredients for Brown Rice in the Instant Pot?

ingredients for instant pot brown rice with a napkin

  1. Brown rice
  2. Water
  3. Salt
  4. Oil

How to make Brown Rice in Instant Pot:

Begin the recipe by adding brown rice and water into the bottom of the instant pot. Next, add in the salt and oil. For this recipe, I am using olive oil but feel free to use any oil that you prefer. This will prevent the rice from being sticky. Stir together all of the ingredients together to combine.

ingredients for instant pot brown rice stirred together in the pressure cooker

Place the top onto the instant pot. Making sure the steam release valve is set to sealing and not venting.

instant pot top with valve set to sealing and not venting

Cook using the manual setting. Press the Manual button on the instant pot. If your pressure cooker does not have a manual button, then press the Pressure Cook button. Set the cook time for 24 minutes.

close up side view of instant pot with time set to 24

Allow the instant pot to naturally release for 10 minutes when the time is up. Then quick release to allow any additional steam to come out. Serve the brown rice as a side dish or with your favorite meal. This recipe makes 4 cups of cooked brown rice. If you need to double the recipe for more rice, then feel free to do so.

cooked brown rice in instant pot

close up side view cooked instant pot brown rice

Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe

This Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe is the perfect hands-off way to cook brown rice. It comes out ready to use with any recipe or as a side dish. Simple, fluffy, and comforting.
5 from 9 votes
Print Rate
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown rice recipe, instant pot brown rice
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 24 minutes
Natural Release: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 176kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon oil

Instructions

  • Begin the recipe by adding 1 cup of brown rice and 1 1/4 cups water into the bottom of the instant pot.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon oil, stir all of the ingredients together to combine.
  • Place the top on the instant pot. Making sure the steam release valve is set to sealing and not venting.
  • Cook using the manual setting. Press the Manual button on the instant pot. If your pressure cooker does not have a manual button, then press the Pressure Cook button.
  • Set the cook time for 24 minutes. Allow the instant pot to naturally release for 10 minutes when the time is up. Then quick release to allow any additional steam to come out.
  • Serve warm and store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 5 days.

Notes

This recipe yields 4 cups of cooked brown rice. 

Nutrition

Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
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wooden spoon with brown rice being held by hand

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Marta
    January 29, 2020 at 1:31 PM

    5 stars
    Gimme all the rice! I love that you’ve reduced the longer-cooking brown rice and developed it to take the same time as regular steamed white rice. Now I don’t have to wait forever to get my favorite side dish.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      January 30, 2020 at 9:16 AM

      Thank you! I don’t know how I made it so long without cooking with a pressure cooker!

  • Reply
    Desirée
    January 30, 2020 at 9:45 AM

    5 stars
    Needed this!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      February 4, 2020 at 10:57 AM

      You are welcome! Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Jayne Rain
    January 30, 2020 at 10:50 AM

    5 stars
    I always shy away from brown rice, but this recipe makes it look so easy and yummy. I will be making some tomorrow.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      February 4, 2020 at 10:58 AM

      Thank you! This recipe makes the process so much easier!

  • Reply
    Aly Michell
    January 30, 2020 at 11:19 AM

    5 stars
    Glad I am not the only one who skips washing brown rice (I’m lazy tbh). Just had brown rice yesterday gonna make more today with some soaked beans I’ve had laying around. Time to pop out the Instant Pot!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      February 4, 2020 at 10:59 AM

      Yes!! I always skip that part for that very same reason and it still comes out perfect. This will go great with some beans!

  • Reply
    Mila
    January 31, 2020 at 6:25 PM

    5 stars
    This looks wonderful! I always skip brown rice because I can never get the texture quite right. I’m going to have to try it in the IP!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      February 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM

      Thank you! The IP makes such a difference and it is the perfect texture, try it!

  • Reply
    Katrina Adams
    February 1, 2020 at 9:46 AM

    5 stars
    I am brown rice girl too!!! I will have to try your version!! Thank you for sharing!!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      February 4, 2020 at 11:01 AM

      Thank you and please do 🙂

  • Reply
    Calysta
    February 1, 2020 at 3:14 PM

    5 stars
    This is right on time Lakita! Grains act up with my and my instant pot! Glad to have these clear instructions!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      February 4, 2020 at 11:01 AM

      Thank you! I only cook rice in the IP now because it is perfect every time!

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