Instant Pot Brown Rice

This may just be the easiest side dish you’ve ever made. All you need is about 45 minutes and 3 ingredients to cook the fluffiest, most tender brown rice ever!

Bowl of brown rice next to fresh parsley and chop sticks.

Instant Pot Brown Rice

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Author: Kimberly
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Come to Pressure and Natural Release: 20 minutes
Total Time: 47 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings


  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 2 cups long grain brown rice, not instant rice (use long-grain jasmine or basmati)
  • ½ teaspoon salt, optional


  • Pour the water, rice, and salt into the stainless-steel liner of the Instant Pot. Stir to ensure all the rice is evenly submerged in the water.
    2 cups long grain brown rice
    2 ½ cups water
    ½ teaspoon salt
  • Close the lid, set the valve to “sealing,” and press the manual (pressure cook) button. It should default to low pressure. Adjust the time to 22 minutes.
  • After the time is up, turn off the Instant Pot.
  • Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, or more, 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.


*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.


Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 171kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.5gSodium: 152mgPotassium: 103mgFiber: 2gSugar: 0.4gCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg

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Kim and John Vargo of More Than Meat and Potatoes and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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Brown jasmine rice sounds pretty unassuming, but it’s the base for so many great recipes like rice bowls and casseroles.

Cooking rice on the stove top is not one of my strong suits, so I like to shortcut it by using a pressure cooker.

It’s as simple as adding the rice, water, and salt. Stir, cook, and done!

Making foolproof rice doesn’t get much simpler than that.

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    1. Good Morning Meg, thank you for your question. The rice is cooked on high pressure. I added additional information to the recipe card to clarify the issue. Have a great day.