How To Cook Basmati Rice In The Instant Pot
Hot topic of the week, in the world of Instant Potters…..
How to cook rice in the IP!
Why? Because the word is out that rice cooks perfectly in the Instant Pot, and of course everyone wants to know exactly how to do it.
Timing, methods, add-ins, etc, etc…..so many questions.
Sometimes recipes for the basics are what stumps us the most, don’t you find. And the Instant Pot is actually really great for cooking the basics.
Now as you know, I’m not an expert, just a devoted, slightly obsessed IP user. However I have cooked quite a bit of rice in the instant pot since purchasing it.
I have to be honest, it’s definitely my favourite way to cook it now.
Switching back to a pot on the stove will only happen if my Instant Pot is dead!
OMG let’s hope that doesn’t happen any time soon. But seriously, I made the mistake of going back to the stove-top method recently (my IP was busy cooking a chicken dish) and I was not at all impressed with the results. Who knew we’d been eating sub par, not so perfect rice all these years.
My go-to rice is almost always Basmati, so I’m sharing with you what has worked well in preparing this particular type of rice.
I have not tested any other varieties, except when making risotto with Arborio rice, and that’s a completely different recipe (it’s delicious, try it by following this link Instant Pot Mushroom + Spinach Risotto).
If you google it or check Pinterest, you’ll get a lot of variations and different instructions on how to make the best Basmati rice.
The bottom line is that the hardest part of cooking Basmati is deciding on the method.
To soak or not to soak…that’s the first question.
And To rinse or not to rinse…that’s the other question.
Also…to toast or not to toast…
Well, my answer is, it depends on how much time you have.
Soaking before cooking does make the rice a bit fluffier. But I rarely do it because I dont want to waste time waiting.
Rinsing it does make it a bit less sticky. And if you have any concern about the quality of the rice you bought then rinsing it is a good idea. I rinse my rice every time…just in case.
Some people (I might be one of them) also like to lightly toast the rice in a bit of oil before adding the water. It is supposed to help keep the rice kernels from sticking…to the pot and to each other.
I usually rinse and drain the rice really well, then sauté it in a bit of oil before adding the water. However I have also thrown all ingredients in the IP and set it to cook. I still got a pretty darn good bowl of rice.
So, if you’re still wondering if the Instant Pot is the best way to make Basmati rice…that’s a very big YES!
The IP has earned my respect in this field, and has proven time and again that I now suck at making rice on the stove! LOL you have been warned.
Perhaps you’re still leery about cooking meals with your Instant Pot. Give it a go with something basic like rice, and make the rest of your meal on the stove. It’s a great way to start learning and I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Happy Easter and enjoy the long weekend everyone!
Instant Pot Basmati Rice
Here are the printable instructions:
Instant Pot Basmati Rice
- 1 tbsp olive oil (or vegetable oil)
- 2 cups basmati rice rinsed and well drained
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Add oil to the pot, press SAUTE button and wait until display reads HOT, then add rice.Toast rice for about a minute, stirring often.Add water and salt and stir again.Press CANCEL.
- Lock on lid and turn pressure valve on lid to SEALINGChoose PRESSURE COOK setting and adjust timer to 7 minutes.
- When cooking timer beeps done, let timer count up for 10 minutes of natural pressure release .Once that is done release any remaining pressure by carefully turning pressure valve to VENTING. Press CANCEL and open lid.
- Give the rice a good stir with a fork, to fluff it up and separate it.At this point I like to stir in a bit of olive oil or butter, then return lid to pot and let rest until ready to serve.
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Ooooo, I’m collecting Instant Pot recipes. I plan to get one soon, so this is helpful. Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home! Hope to see you here again next week.–Jennifer
Funny cause I collected instant pot recipes for about a year, waiting for it to go back on sale…almost thought it might never happen! haha…thanks for hosting a great link party
Jean | Delightful Repast
Mary, I’ve only had my IP for about 4 months, but I’m having a lot of fun with it. Will pick up some basmati and give this a try! #WhatsForDinner
I’ve had mine since december and I honestly love it! not everything comes out perfect but for many foods its the best
Question, what if I needed more can I double the recipe with same results?
Yes you can double the recipe or cut it in half with same results.
Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
I absolutely love basmati rice! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party. Hope to see you every week!
thanks for featuring the recipe!
These tips are gold! I never knew rinsing would make the rice fluffier and that toasting prevents the rice from sticking together! I will try that because my rice can tend to stick and turn mushy.
Thank you for linking up with us at Creative Muster! Blessings to you. xoxox Sharon
I love this recipe but need a bit more rice. If I use 3 cups of rice how much should I increase the water?
Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
I confess I don’t have an insta-pot. I do have a rice maker I love. Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner Party. I appreciate your contributions! Have a great weekend.