When you already have a pressure cooker there is no need to buy a rice cooker as well when you can get amazing results from the pressure cooker!.


In this post, we teach you the best ways to pressure cooker rice plus two ways to steam rice perfectly: The classic way, right in the pot that usually works for most pressure cookers; and, the perfect way that will make your rice fluffy and stunning in just 15 minutes, for troublesome pressure cooker/cooktop combinations or to create a one-pot meal

Grains, and in particular rice, need a right and precise amounts of time and liquid to get perfect pressure cooker results. If you get too much of water or rice you will end up with watery or gummy rice as fast as you can say pressure cooker!. And too little of these and the rice will be so hard that you can not even mix it with the dog food!.

Something to have in mind is that some of that cooking time is actually taking place during the natural release. The rice continues to cook in the residual heat, steam, and pressure in the cooker. So be cool and don’t rush up and release all of the pressure right after the cooking time is up! Each rice variety has its own time and liquid requirements which are listed in the table below.

Pressure Cooker Rice – Times & Liquid Ratios

 Ryce Type LIQUID PER 1 CUP  RICE Cooking Time
Arborio Rice (risotto) 2 cups (500 ml) 5 ‘(10-12PSI) 7′ (13-15PSI)
Basmati Rice 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) 3′
Brown Rice 1 1/4 cups (315 ml) 20 ‘(10-12PSI) 18′ (13-15PSI)
Jasmine Rice (rinsed) 1 cup (250 ml) 1′
Jasmine Rice (un-rinsed) 1 1/4 cup (312 ml) 1′
White long-grain Rice 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) 3′
White short-grain Rice 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) 8′

Cooking Rice in Pressure Cooker Mistakes:


  • Too watery, meaning that the rice is under-cooked.
  • Hard, chewy, or burnt, when you add less water that you supposed to or the rise is overcooked.
  • Too mushy and sticky, just the opposite to the previous point, now you add way too much water.

So, the Rice Cooking Times & Liquid Ratios are the key factors when making perfectly cooked rice. So check our table each time that you have some doubts about how to cook your rice.

Best tips on How to cook rice in a Pressure cooker


  • Measure the rice when is dry, set aside.
  • Measure the exact same amount of water, put it in the inner pot from your pressure cooker.
  • Rinse rice, add wet rice to the measured water in the inner pot.
  • Be sure to securely lock the lid, and change the steam release valve into the “sealing” position.
  • Choose the right pressure cooking time.
  • The “Rice” button is timed for white or parboiled rice only.
  • For other types of rice, set “Manual” to correct time by pressing “-” and adjust the cooking time for the type of rice you are cooking, in the case of brown rice, for example, select 18 to 20 minutes depending on your preferences.
  • Check our table to know the exact pressure cooking time for your type of rice.
  • Let the rice rest for about 10 minutes after cooking is finished before releasing any remaining pressure, and serve.

The Secrets of Cooking Rice in a Pressure Cooker

How to Cook Rice in a Pressure Cooker – Recipes 

Pressure Cooker White Rice


Cook time: 15 mins – Total time: 15 mins Pressure Cooker: 4 L or larger


  • 1 cup (250 ml) long grain white rice (such as Basmati)
  • 1½ cups (375 ml) Water (or vegetable liquid)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (or butter) -optional


  1. Add the rice water and oil into the pressure cooker.
  2. Close securely and lock the lid.
  3. In case that you are using an electric pressure cooker use the high pressure mode and cook for 3 minutes, If you are using a stovetop pressure cooker you need to use the high mode and wait up to the cooker tells you that it has reached high pressure, then lower the heat to maintain it and then start to count the 3 minutes of pressure cooking time.
  4. When the time is up, open the pressure cooker by using the 10-minute Natural release mode and move the cooker off the burner without removing the lid. So then calculate 10 minutes so the rise finishes the cooking and steaming by using the cooker’s residual heat. For electric pressure cookers, when cooking time is up count 10 minutes of natural open time. Then, release the rest of the pressure using the valve.
  5. Fluff with a fork and serve.



With this recipe, you will get the perfect rice so no more mushy, hard or burnt rice! Try this easy fail-proof method to make perfect pressure cooker rice. You will get a fragrant and fluffy white rice ready in just 15 minutes.



  • 1 cup (230 g) Jasmine rice
  • 1 cup (250 ml) water
  • ¼ – ½ teaspoon fine sea salt/table salt (optional)


  1. Rinse the rice under cold water by carefully scrubbing the rice using just your fingertips making circles. Then add the milky water, and keep rising up to the water is clear.
  2. Then add the rice and water to the pressure cooker. Close the lid. Cook using the Manual/Pressure Cook mode for just 3 minutes, and then use the natural release for 10 minutes. After that release the remaining pressure, then open the lid quickly.
  3. Add salt to the rice for seasoning.
  4. Fluff with a fork and serve warm.

If you use the rice measuring cup that came with the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker to measure the rice, remember to use the same measuring cup to measure the water as 1 rice measuring cup = 180 ml of rice.