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Instant Pot Brown Rice is a quick, healthy side dish recipe you can make in your pressure cooker!
Making brown rice in the Instant Pot is so easy that you’ll wonder why you ever made it any other way! This healthy rice is perfect for adding some variety to your meal rotation.
So what are you waiting for? Start making this rice recipe today!
Easy and Foolproof Brown Rice Recipe
Brown 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 Instant Pot brown rice recipe is my go-to because it’s easy and foolproof. The rice 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 on busy weeknights.
So if you’re looking for a fast, healthy side dish to add to your dinner meal rotation, look no further than this recipe!
Jasmine Rice vs. Basmati Rice
As I mentioned, 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 rice dish, go with brown Jasmine rice. 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 Instant Pot will cook whatever type of brown rice you choose perfectly.
Personally, I like to keep both types of rice on hand so that I can make either, depending on what I am serving it with. But if I can only choose one, Instant Pot brown Jasmine rice is a great all-around choice.
Ingredients for Pressure Cooker Brown Rice
- Brown rice – Jasmine or Basmati (or any long grain brown rice)
- Butter – or olive oil
- Chicken broth – low sodium
Cooking Brown Rice in Instant Pot
Rinsing the rice. Start by rinsing the brown rice well, drain using a mesh colander, and set aside.
Sauté. Add the butter or oil to the pot, then set the pressure cooker to sauté. Add brown rice once the pot is ready and sauté the rice for 3 minutes.
After that, press cancel to end sauté.
Pressure cook the brown rice. Add broth to the rice and stir to mix and deglaze the pot.
Turn or press the vent lever to seal (if needed) to close and seal the lid. Set the pot manually to high pressure for 15 minutes.
Note: The broth to water ratio is always the same 1:1 regardless of how much rice you are pressure cooking. For example: If you’re making Instant Pot brown rice with 2 cups of rice, you’ll use 2 cups of water or broth.
Ready to serve. Once the pressure cooking cycle is complete, do a natural release by leaving the pot undisturbed for 5 minutes, then initiate a quick release by carefully turning or pressing the pressure release button (check your pot’s instructions).
Fluff the brown rice by stirring before serving.
Recipe Variations for Pressure cooker brown rice
There are many ways that you can change up this rice recipe to suit your taste or what you have on hand. Here are a few ideas:
- You can use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth for a vegetarian version.
- Add garlic, ginger, or other spices for additional flavor.
- Stir in some cooked veggies, like peas, corn, or chopped broccoli.
- Mix in some cooked chicken, shrimp, or other protein like tofu.
- Top with green onions, cilantro, or other fresh herbs.
- Serve with a dollop of greek yogurt.
- Add in some coconut milk to make it an Instant Pot Coconut Rice.
How to Serve Brown Rice in Instant Pot
There are so many ways to serve Instant Pot brown rice! Here are a few of my recommendations:
- As a simple side dish with chicken or pork.
- Mix it into 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 brown rice sushi or veggie rolls.
- Mix it with cooked beans to make Instant Pot beans and rice.
How to Store
Leftover Instant Pot brown Jasmine rice 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 your brown rice is a little dry, add a splash of water or chicken broth before reheating.
This rice 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 Instant Pot Brown Rice?
Yes, it can be frozen! Place leftover brown rice in a freezer-safe container and store it in the freezer for up to three months.
When you’re ready to eat, thaw the rice overnight in the fridge, then reheat it 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 to the rice as it reheats.
Frequently Asked Question
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 in Instant Pot, but it is not as easy as cooking white rice. I suggest cooking brown rice for no longer than 15 minutes at high pressure. If you find that your brown rice is still a little crunchy after cooking for 15 minutes, set the lid back on the pot and keep it on the warm setting for 5 minutes.
If you find your brown rice too mushy, it is likely because you overcooked it or used too much liquid. To avoid this, try cooking the rice for a shorter time or use the right amount of liquid.
Soaking brown rice before cooking is unnecessary, but it could reduce the cooking time. But this recipe is made from Instant Pot, which doesn’t require soaking!
Get the Full Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe Here
Instant Pot Brown Rice
- mesh colander or strainer
- 2 cups brown rice (I recommend Jasmine or Basmati)
- 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.