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How to Cook Brown Rice in the Instant Pot

Scared to try your Instant Pot for the first time? Try this easy Brown Rice recipe -- perfect for beginners!

I am more and more falling in love with my Instant Pot that I got during the amazing Black Friday sale when the 7-in-1 Instant Pot was marked down to just $69!

I love that I can cook so many different things in it so quickly. I love that I can put the ingredients in it and set the timer and then just leave it — instead of having to watch the stove, wait for the water to boil, and/or make sure the water doesn’t boil over.

It kind of feels like a slow cooker on steroids. You just dump the ingredients in, program the time, and leave it be to do it’s thing… while you get on with your life!

I’ve just barely scratched the surface of the world of Instant Pots and I am starting to clearly understand why people are such raving fans of this appliance! There’s so much it can do — and it makes eating at home and getting dinner on the table so much easier!

There are many, many bloggers out there who are sharing incredible Instant Pot recipes. However, I knew there are some of you who haven’t yet gotten your Instant Pot out of the box and you are feeling scared, just like I was when I first got mine.

So I thought it would be fun to share some very beginning Instant Pot recipes on my blog over the next few months as I learn how to use my Instant Pot. My hope is that these will inspire you to not let your Instant Pot sit in the box any longer! Get it out and start using it — you’ll be so glad you did!

Instant Pots have a Rice button on them that you can use to cook white rice or basmati rice. However, we pretty much only use brown rice at our house, so that needs to cook quite a bit longer than white rice.

Here’s how to make brown rice in the Instant Pot:

If you want to serve the rice right away and don’t want to wait for the natural pressure release, here how to do that:

  • Let the rice cook for 22 minutes.
  • Once it is at zero on the countdown, wait 5 minutes to let the pressure naturally release.
  • Then, use an oven mitt to turn the vent lock to venting (so that it’s open). VERY IMPORTANT: This will shoot out steam. A lot of hot steam. This is releasing the pressure. Make sure you have on an oven mitt. Make sure there isn’t a cupboard or anything above your Instant Pot that all the steam is going to shoot up to. And KEEP YOUR FACE AND HANDS AWAY FROM THE VENT when you are turning it. It is HOT!
  • Let the steam fully release (the floating valve will drop down when it’s released).
  • Open the lid and your rice is ready!

Okay, I know that sounds like a lot of steps. But trust me on this, after you’ve used your Instant Pot one time, it will be so much easier. I promise!

{Need some hand holding to make this recipe? Watch my video here.}

I put the brown rice in the Instant Pot to cook before I made dinner and then started dinner. I didn’t come back to it until about an hour and a half later. I took the lid off, let it cool, and then, once it was cooled, I scooped it out and put it into airtight freezer bags and froze it.

So easy! So simple! I love that I can just put the ingredients in the Instant Pot, turn it on, and leave it and then come back to it later. I don’t have to worry about it burning or boiling over or over-cooking. I don’t have to mess with watching for the water to boil or setting the timer and then turning down the burner.

More and more, I see why people are such big fans of this kitchen appliance!

Looking for another great beginner Instant Pot recipe? Check on my post on How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot.

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  • Crystal says:

    We made the same recipe, only we added 1 cup of salsa, and homemade taco season. Then we cooked our pinto beans and made refried beans from the recipe we got from an older recipe, and made freezer bean and rice burritos. Soooo delicious!

  • Rachel says:

    Does anyone know if you could use part water and part cream of chicken soup in the IP for a creamier rice?

  • Alicia says:

    I have never even heard of an Instant Pot until now! What kinds of things can you cook in them ? Feeling really behind, lol!

    • Beth says:

      Alicia–Google it! Your world will be changed. Essentially, this is your grandmother’s pressure cooker, but instead of it being a stove top model, it cooks electrically and has many more functions: saute, slow cook, etc. While you have to keep a close eye on a manual pressure cooker to make sure it doesn’t go dry/you cook for the appropriate amount of time, the electric models are really nice because they are more of a “set it and forget it” appliance.

      Incidentally, you can get multiple brands of electric pressure cookers, not just “Instant Pot” despite the incredible marketing around the Instant Pot brand.

  • Anna says:

    One trick I learned is to put a kitchen towel over the vent when you do quick release so the steam isn’t as much of a problem.

  • Joyce says:

    I just got my instant pot last week at a Khols Sale. Love it. I am looking forward to more tried and true recipes. I haven’t tried rice yet. Thanks for sharing.

  • Barb says:

    Hi. Did I miss it, or does your post not say what pressure (high or low) to use when cooking the rice?

  • John says:

    Just got my IP yesterday and used this recipe for brown rice; it came out great. I ruined a few batches at first by trying to halve the rice/water content to 1 cup each. For anyone just starting out, anything less than 2 cups of rice/water tends to get burned or not cook all the way. Now getting ready to try the hard boiled egg method mentioned above…

  • Heather says:

    Just started using the InstaPot I got before Mothers Day. Appreciate getting recipes and tips. Still learning the different buttons…is there a reason why you chose Manual over Rice? Thx

  • Josie says:

    Thanks so much. I got the IP last year, but I’ve been intimidated by it – tried it a couple times but felt like fish out of water. I really appreciate your step-by-step guide. It may seem rudimentary to some, but it’s just what I needed!

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