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Instant Pot Brown Rice

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Easy and tender, this perfect instant pot brown rice is ready in less than 15 minutes and will give you excellent results every time.
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  1. Instant Pot Brown Rice Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This fluffy, tender Instant Pot brown rice is so easy and quick to make and it’s the perfect complement to any meal. Serve with meat or vegetables and you’ll have a delicious lunch or dinner to enjoy.

Once you make your Instant Pot brown rice, you could make this better than takeout fried rice we love. This dirty rice is another family favorite.

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Instant Pot Brown Rice Ingredients

You’ll need:

  • 2 cups dry, uncooked brown rice
  • 2½ cups of water

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

WATER: You could also use stock or broth instead of water if you would like to add extra flavor. Chicken broth, beef broth, or vegetable broth would all be delicious.

RICE: You can use short or long-grain rice for this easy recipe. You’ll be amazed by the tender, delicious rice you’re able to make in only minutes!

How To Make This Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

A 6-quart Instant Pot will cook up to 10 cups of rice at once. This makes meal prep easy as you can keep the extras in the freezer until you need them.

STEP ONE: Rinse rice well in a fine-mesh strainer, thoroughly drain.

PRO TIP:

Rinsing the rice helps remove extra starch from the grains so that they don’t stick together during cooking.

rice after being rinsed and strained

STEP TWO: Add the rinsed rice and cold water to the Instant Pot, stir to combine.

rice and water poured in a instant pot

STEP THREE: Place and lock the lid and set the valve to seal.

STEP FOUR: Press the manual button twice to turn off the keep warm function and set for 15 minutes on high pressure.

STEP FIVE: Allow to naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick release to remove any remaining pressure.

STEP SIX: Fluff the cooked rice with a fork before serving.

How To Serve

Our whole family loves a big bowl of fluffy brown rice with just about any meal. It’s the perfect versatile and filling side dish. Try it with main dishes such as meatloaf or chicken with sauteed veggies on the side and don’t forget the dinner rolls!

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Leftover rice can be stored in an airtight container for up to four days.

IN THE FREEZER: If you’re not serving all the rice right away, you can pop Instant Pot rice in the freezer. The easiest way to do this is to put the brown rice into a freezer bag. It’s easy to lay flat in the freezer to store this way. It’s also awesome when it’s time to thaw and reheat.

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This Instant Pot recipe makes perfect rice every time and it’s much quicker than on the stovetop. It comes out delicious, soft, and fluffy, ideal for an easy side dish or adding to a fried rice recipe.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I store leftover rice?

Leftover Instant Pot rice will keep in the fridge for up to four days.

Can I freeze rice?

Rice freezes really well and is perfect to keep on hand for fried rice recipes. Store in a freezer bag in the freezer and toss it into your recipe when you are ready to use it.

Can I also cook another type of rice in the Instant Pot?

You can cook white rice, long-grain rice, or short-grain rice in the Instant Pot. Just make sure to confirm the cooking time with your manufacturer’s instructions.

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Instant Pot Brown Rice

5 from 1 vote
Easy and tender, this perfect instant pot brown rice is ready in less than 15 minutes and will give you excellent results every time.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 5

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups dry brown rice
  • cups water

Instructions
 

  • Rinse rice well in a fine-mesh strainer, thoroughly drain.
  • Add the rinsed rice and cold water to the Instant Pot, stir to combine.
  • Place and lock the lid and set the valve to seal.
  • Press the manual button twice to turn off the keep warm function and set for 15 minutes on high pressure.
  • Allow to naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick release to remove any remaining pressure.
  • Fluff the cooked rice with a fork before serving.

Notes

  • A 6-quart Instant Pot will cook up to 10 cups of rice at once. This makes meal prep easy as you can keep the extras in the freezer until you need them.
  • Rinsing the rice helps remove extra starch from the grains so that they don’t stick together during cooking.

Nutrition

Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 3g | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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