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Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe

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Our Instant Pot brown rice recipe uses two ingredients to create wholesome brown rice in a pressure cooker using a few simple steps.

On our other blog, Kim and I have used a pressure cooker to create all sorts of dishes. From breakfast to dessert, there’s something for everyone.

However, one thing we’ve noticed is there aren’t many pressure cooker recipes that I would label as, “good for you.”

Sure, you can find chicken or pork smothered in cheese or gravy. But, it’s tough to find dishes with fresh veggies and lean proteins.

The finished pressure cooker brown rice in decorative bowl.

So, Kim and I wanted to share Instant Pot recipes for people looking to cut down on heavy sauces and salty meals.

Take for example our pressure cooker coconut rice. We created a tasty rice flavored with coconut milk instead of cheese.

Which, brings us to today’s post, our Instant Pot brown rice recipe. It’s exactly as advertised.

Perfectly cooked whole or long grain brown rice in a pressure cooker. It doesn’t get much easier than this. Add some Italian marinated chicken, grilled chicken kebabs with vegetables, or Greek yogurt marinated chicken and you’ve got a full meal.

How to make brown rice in Instant Pot?

Dry rice added to the stainless steel liner.

First, pour the long grain rice and water into the steel liner of the pressure cooker. Stir the ingredients and make sure the water line is above the rice.

Next, place the liner into the Instant Pot. Now, make sure the rubber seal is in place inside the lid.

Water has been added to the liner.

After that, lock the lid into place and close the valve. Press the manual or high pressure cook button.

Then, set the cook time for 22 minutes. Once the timer goes off, allow for a 10 minute natural release for the brown rice.

The brown rice has pressure cooked and is ready to serve.

Last, carefully and using a kitchen towel, open the valve to release the remaining pressure. Open the lid and use a spoon or fork to fluff the rice.

That’s it, you pressure cooker brown rice recipe is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy the side dish and wish you all the best 🙂

The finished long grain brown rice in a bowl.

Whats the ratio of rice to water?

For my stove-top recipes, I always use a 1:2 ratio or for every cup of dry rice, I add 2 cups of water. For pressure cooker rice, Kim uses 1:1.25 ratio.

As you can see from today’s recipe she used 2 cups of dry rice and 2.5 cups of water.

A collage showing the steps to making pressure cooker rice.

What can I add to brown rice for flavor?

Okay, you have a lot of options here. Salt, is the obvious choice; however, we also like adding soy sauce. Here’s small list of potential ingredients to flavor your Instant Pot brown rice recipe.

  • Soy Sauce
  • Chili Powder or Dried Chilies (spicy)
  • Garlic Powder or Fresh Garlic
  • Onion Powder or Sliced Green Onions
  • Teriyaki Sauce (sweet)
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Peas and Carrots
The instant pot brown rice in a purple and white bowl.

Looking for another great side dish? Then try our sauteed green beans with bacon recipe!

The instant pot brown rice in a purple and white bowl.

Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 47 minutes

Our Instant Pot brown rice recipe uses two ingredients to create wholesome brown rice in a pressure cooker using a few simple steps.


  • 2 Cups Long Grain Brown Rice (not instant rice)
  • 2 ½ Cups Water


Pour the rice and water into the stainless-steel liner of the Instant Pot. Stir to ensure all the rice is evenly submerged in the water.

Close the lid, set the valve to “sealing,” and press the manual (pressure cook) button. Adjust the time to 22 minutes.

After the time is up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes before opening the valve to release any remaining pressure.

Carefully open the lid and fluff the rice with a fork. Serve hot as a side dish with your favorite main dish.


We don’t rinse the brown rice for this recipe and have always gotten great results. However, free feel to rinse the rice if you’d like. It may change the outcome in terms of the texture of the rice.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 55Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of 1/2 a cup of the finished Instant Pot brown rice. Actual calories will vary.

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