Our Brown Basmati Rice Instant Pot recipe creates a healthy side dish with little effort on your part. No more mushy or burnt rice as your pressure cooker will help you make perfect and fluffy brown rice in just a fraction of the time!
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Cooking brown basmati rice in the Instant Pot is so quick and easy that you’ll wonder why you ever made it any other way!
This healthy side dish is perfect for adding some variety to your meal rotation and perfect for pairing with lots of dishes.
Easy and Foolproof Brown Basmati Rice Instant Pot Recipe
Brown basmati rice is a staple in our house because it’s so healthy and versatile. I love that I can make a big batch of it in the Instant Pot and then use it throughout the week with or in different meals.
This side dish recipe is my go-to because it’s easy and foolproof. This dish always comes out perfectly cooked, fluffy, and delicious.
And because it’s made in the Instant Pot, it’s a quick side dish I can make any time.
Basmati vs. Jasmine Brown Rice
The two main types of brown rice are basmati and jasmine. So which one should you choose? It really depends on what you’re in the mood for.
If you want a fragrant, tender side dish, go make brown jasmine rice in your Instant Pot. If you’re looking for a nuttier flavor profile, go with brown basmati Rice.
Both have the same water ratios and cooking time, so it’s really up to you! Your pressure cooker will perfectly cook whatever type of brown rice you choose.
Personally, I like to keep both types on hand so that I can make either, depending on what I am serving it with. But if I can only choose one, basmati brown rice is a great all-around choice.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Brown rice – I used brown basmati for this Instant Pot recipe but you can also use brown Jasmine or any long grain rice.
- Butter – you can also use olive oil or vegan butter.
- Broth – I prefer low sodium chicken broth as this gives this dish a nice flavor. But you can also use salt and water or vegetable broth for a vegetarian version.
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Tips For Cooking Brown Brown Rice In Instant Pot
- Be sure to rinse the rice.
This is the most important step. Rinsing the rice well and draining using a mesh colander can help you get rid of excess starch, debris, and any unwanted materials.
- Sauté the rice.
Sautéing in butter or oil adds a nice flavor to this side dish and it helps the rice to cook quickly.
- Rice to water ratio.
The broth-to-water ratio is always the same 1:1 regardless of how much you’re pressure cooking. So, if you’re making this dish with 2 cups of rice, you’ll use 2 cups of water or broth.
- Fluff the rice before serving.
It helps the grains separate, removes any clumpings, and helps evaporate moisture. This will give you perfect fluffy rice every time.
There are many ways that you can change up this pressure cooker brown rice recipe to suit your taste or what you have on hand. Here are a few ideas:
- Add garlic, ginger, or other spices while sauteing for added flavor.
- Stir in cooked veggies, like peas, corn, or chopped broccoli.
- Mix in cooked chicken, shrimp, or other protein like tofu.
- Top with green onions, cilantro, or other fresh herbs.
- Add in coconut milk to make Instant Pot Coconut Rice.
How to Serve
There are so many ways to serve this side dish! Here are a few:
- Pair with chicken, beef, or pork dishes like baked chicken tenders, sweet chili meatballs, Nashville chicken tenders, griddle steak, or Bisquick oven fried chicken.
- Add it to a hearty soup or stew.
- Use it as the base for a buddha bowl or grain bowl.
- Serve it as a breakfast porridge with milk and fruit.
- Make it into sushi or veggie rolls.
- Mix it with cooked beans to make Instant Pot beans and rice.
How to Store
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. When you’re ready to serve it, you can reheat it in the microwave or stove.
If using the microwave, cover it with a damp paper towel to keep it from drying out. If it’s a little dry, add a splash of water or chicken broth before reheating.
This side dish recipe is a great make-ahead meal prep option! Just cook a big batch on the weekend and portion it out into individual containers. Then you’ll have healthy brown rice ready for quick, easy weeknight meals.
Can I freeze This?
Yes, it can be frozen! Place the leftovers in a freezer-safe container and store them in the freezer for up to three months.
When you’re ready to eat, thaw overnight in the fridge, then reheat on the stove or microwave. If using the microwave, cover it with a damp paper towel to keep it from drying out. You may want to add a little water or chicken broth as it reheats.
INSTANT POT Brown Basmati Rice FAQs
For this recipe, the water to rice ratio is 1 part water to one cup of rice. So, for example, if you’re cooking one cup of brown rice, you would use one cup of water.
You can overcook brown rice, but it is not as easy as cooking white rice. I suggest cooking them for no longer than 15 minutes at high pressure. If you find that it’s still a little crunchy after cooking for 15 minutes, set the lid back on the pot and keep it in the warm setting for 5 minutes.
If you find your rice too mushy, it is likely because you overcooked it or used too much liquid. To avoid this, try cooking them for a shorter time or use the right amount of liquid.
Soaking before cooking is unnecessary, but it could reduce the cooking time. But this recipe is made from Instant Pot, which doesn’t require soaking!
Brown Basmati Rice Instant Pot
- mesh colander or strainer
- 2 cups brown basmati rice, or jasmine
- 2 tablespoons butter (can substitute olive oil)
- 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
- Using a mesh colander, rinse and drain rice well, and set aside.
- Set pressure cooker to sauté and add butter or oil to the pot. Once the pot is ready, add brown rice and sauté the rice for 3 minutes. Press cancel to end sauté.
- Add broth to rice and stir to mix and deglaze the pot. Close and seal the lid, and turn or press the vent lever to seal (if needed). Set pot manually to high pressure for 15 minutes.
- Once the pressure cooking cycle is complete, do a natural pressure release (leave the pot undisturbed) for 5 minutes, then initiate a quick release by carefully turning or pressing the pressure release button (refer to your pot's instructions). Fluff the brown rice by stirring before serving.
This post, originally published in September 2022, was updated with new content in February 2023.