Instant Pot Basmati Rice is my go-to recipe for perfectly tender and fluffy grains every time. With the right rice-to-water ratio and cook time, you can enjoy the distinct aroma and delicate texture of basmati rice hassle-free any night of the week!

Cooked basmati rice in a serving dish with a spoon.

Making Instant Pot Basmati Rice has become my go-to rice recipe. The Instant Pot makes it incredibly easy and consistently delivers tender, fluffy grains every time.

I’ve learned that the key to perfect rice lies in the right rice-to-water ratio and the correct cook time for your pressure cooker. This method works wonders, especially for basmati rice, which is known for its distinct aroma and delicate texture.

No more clumpy grains—just perfectly cooked rice every time. Trust me, once you try it, you’ll never go back to any other method!

Ingredients

Notes about the ingredients needed for this Instant Pot Basmati Rice recipe are below. Jump to recipe for the exact measurements.

  • Basmati rice. While certain brands of basmati rice — like Pride of India or Royal — come more highly recommended than others, most kinds will achieve the same result, so buy whichever is most convenient.
  • Water. Using the correct amount of water is the key to making perfect rice, but for extra flavor, vegetable or chicken broth may also be used.
  • Butter. Although it’s entirely optional, adding a touch of butter to rice gives it a little extra flavor, and helps the grains to stay separate while cooking. Vegan butter or olive oil can also be used as a dairy-free substitute. 
  • Salt. Between ¼ to ½ teaspoon of salt per cup of dried rice being cooked is recommended, but optional. It may be changed or omitted entirely based on preference and intended use.

How to Make Instant Pot Basmati Rice

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1. Rinse and drain the rice.

Some cooking methods for basmati rice recommend letting it soak for 20-30 minutes before cooking. This removes the excess starch and prevents the rice from going sticky and clumping together while cooking.

However, this same effect can be had in a fraction of the time by thoroughly washing the rice in a small, fine mesh strainer. Gently stirring the rice with your fingertips, run it under cold water for 1-2 minutes, or until the draining liquid runs almost completely clear.

Let drain completely before using.

Dried rice being rinsed in a metal strainer before cooking.

2. Combine the ingredients.

In a 6-quart Instant Pot, combine the rinsed basmati rice, water or broth, butter or oil, and salt to taste. For firmer rice, use 1 cup of water for every cup of dried rice being cooked; for softer rice, add an additional ¼ of water per cup of rice as well. 

If including anything else to flavor the rice throughout, such as saffron or dried herbs, add it at this stage.

Give it a brief, gentle stir to ensure everything is evenly distributed, and cover the Instant Pot with the lid.

Note: Because it is a highly airtight cooking method, rice cooked in an Instant Pot requires less liquid than traditional stovetop or rice cooker methods.

3. Cook the rice in the Instant Pot.

Ensure the pressure release valve is sealed, and set the timer for 6 minutes at high pressure on the Manual or Pressure Cook function. It will take the cooker about 5-10 minutes to fully pressurize — when it has, the float valve on the lid will pop up and remain there.

If making brown basmati rice, set the timer for 22 minutes at high pressure rather than 6. Due to its natural, mostly unrefined nature, brown rice takes significantly longer to cook than white.

After the timer has gone off, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes. This allows the rice to finish cooking and absorbing any residual water without boiling over from the quick release.

After 10 minutes, move the steam release handle to the venting position to allow any remaining steam to escape. Being careful of steam still rising from the rice, open the lid once the float valve has dropped back down.

Use a fork or spatula to fluff up the rice, and serve immediately!

Cooked basmati rice in an Instant Pot with a wooden spoon stuck in it.

Meal Prep and Storage

  • Storage: Cooked basmati rice will keep well in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.
  • Freezing: Freeze leftover rice in a freezer-safe bag or storage container for up to 4-6 months. Portioning out individual servings ahead of time will help with thawing and single-serving use.
  • Reheating: Leftover rice is best reheated in the microwave, with a few tablespoons of water sprinkled throughout to help rehydrate it. Warm it 30 seconds at a time, stirring between, until soft and heated through.

FAQs

How much cooked rice does 1 cup of dried rice make?

One cup of dried basmati rice will generally yield about 3 cups of cooked rice.

What is the water to rice ratio for Instant Pot basmati rice?

For every 1 cup of basmati rice being cooked in the instant pot, 1 to 1¼ cups of water should be used.

If you’re making 2 cups of rice, use 2 to 2½ cups water.
For 3 cups of rice, use 3 to 3¾ cups water.
For 4 cups of rice, use 4 to 5 cups water. 

Why is my basmati rice sticky?

Sticky rice in an Instant Pot is generally an indicator that it wasn’t rinsed well enough of excess starch prior to cooking. Additionally, if you leave it in the Instant Pot for longer than the 10-minute natural release period with the lid on, the residual steam will continue cooking the rice and make it sticky.

What is the difference between basmati rice and white rice?

Traditionally from India and the South Asian countries, basmati is a long-grain rice with a distinctly aromatic flavor which sets it apart from plain white rice. It comes in both white and brown varieties and is sometimes confused with jasmine, although it has a slightly softer grain and a milder nutty flavor.

Many people serve Basmati rice alongside Indian curry dishes, or as the main ingredient in biryanis.

Recipe Tips

  • Do a test run. The right rice-to-water ratio and cooking time is usually consistent, but has the potential to vary based on elevation, pressure cooker, and even what brand of rice is used.
  • Rinse the rice. Wash your rice several times before cooking to help remove surface starch, which can make it clumpy and sticky when it’s finished.
  • Make crispy tahdig. Poke several holes in the cooked rice with a wooden spoon handle, drizzle the holes and sides of the pot with saffron-infused butter, and let it fry untouched on the Instant Pot’s Sauté mode for several minutes to develop a delicious, crunchy bottom called tahdig. 
  • Infuse with flavor. With just minor tweaks like adding a bit of saffron, garlic, coconut oil, or other seasonings to your cooking rice, the aromatic flavor of basmati rice can be amplified for all sorts of dishes. 
  • Spare the scrubbing. Removing rice residue from the bottom of an Instant Pot can be tricky, but it’ll loosen right up by filling it ⅕ of the way with water and a tiny bit of dish soap, and simmering it on Sauté mode for a few minutes.

More Instant Pot Recipes

Making rice is just one of the many incredibly easy uses for your Instant Pot, so make the most of it with these other tasty options.

What to Serve with Basmati Rice?

Basmati rice has a subtle nutty and aromatic flavor that pairs exceptionally well with these dishes.

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Instant Pot Basmati Rice

Instant Pot Basmati Rice is my go-to recipe for perfectly tender and fluffy grains every time. With the right rice-to-water ratio and cook time, you can enjoy the distinct aroma and delicate texture of basmati rice hassle-free any night of the week!
Yield 6
Prep 2 minutes
Cook 26 minutes
Total 28 minutes
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Ingredients 

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 1 Tbsp. butter optional
  • ½ tsp. salt plus more to taste

Instructions 

  • Place rice in a fine mesh strainer. Rinse under cold water for 1 minute, or until it runs clear.
    1 cup basmati rice
  • Add rice, water, butter or oil, if using, and salt to a 6-quart Instant Pot.
    1 ¼ cups water, 1 Tbsp. butter, ½ tsp. salt
  • Cover Instant Pot with the lid and move the pressure release valve to the sealed position. Using the pressure cook or manual function, set the timer for 6 minutes on high pressure. (It will take the pressure cooker about 5-10 minutes to fully pressurize.)
  • Once the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Move the pressure release handle to the venting position to let any remaining steam escape. Open the lid once the float valve goes down.
  • Use a fork to fluff up the rice and serve immediately.
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Notes

  • Yield: 1 cup of dried rice equals 3 cups of cooked rice.
  • Serving Size: One serving equals ½ cup cooked rice.
  • Water: If you like softer rice add 1 ¼ cups water. If you prefer firmer rice add 1 cup water.
  • Storage: Cooked basmati rice will keep well in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4-5 days. Leftover rice can also be frozen in a freezer-safe bag or storage container for up to 4-6 months. Portioning out individual servings ahead of time will help with thawing and single-serving use.
  • Reheating: Leftover rice is best reheated in the microwave, with a few tablespoons of water sprinkled throughout to help rehydrate it. Warm it 30 seconds at a time, stirring between, until soft and heated through.

Nutrition

Calories: 130kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 101mg, Potassium: 35mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 62IU, Calcium: 9mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Followed this exactly. Rice came out STICKY and water logged. The only thing is for natural release I didn’t touch the device at all (so keep warm was on after timer, which it does automatically). I also rinsed the rice for a good while. What happened? Please tell me

    1. Hi William! A few ideas I have on this: after you rinsed the rice did you allow time for it to drain? If not, this could have added additional water to the mix. You could have a particular type of instant pot that’s a little different than mine, too, so I’d try 1/4-1/2 cup less liquid next time. Hope this helps!

  2. I wish I would have seen this before I made my instant pot rice tonight. I followed the instructions on the rice bags for cooking, on a stove top, or Rice cooker. So the ratios of water were way off. Also I only had 2 part bags of Rice about 3/4 cup of Basmati and 1 1/4 of jasmine rice Ratios of water to rice were the same for both just cooking time was different. So I put the rice in the instant pot on Saute and added the butter and stirred the rice around in the butter for a few minutes. (Like I would do with regular long grain rice.) I then added 4 cups of water to the 2 cups of combined rice (as per the rice bag instructions.) I put the lid on and sealed it and set it to steam for 7 minutes then gave it a 10 minute natural release and then released the pressure and opened the instant pot to find a sticky mushy rice more like a sushi rice than a Basmati or Jasmine rice. even with the butter it was kind of gluey. It still tasted good, but it was over cooked. They should put Instant pot recipes on the rice bags. Any way thanks for this rice Information. I will have to come back and check out some of your other instant pot recipes. Thanks!!
    CHEERS!!!

    1. Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Christin! Twice in a week is high praise. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and rating!

  3. 5 stars
    This is an amazing recipe. It’s simple and the rice turns out perfect every time. I am so glad I came across it in Pinterest!

    1. Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Mariana! I’m so glad you came across it, too. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and rating!

    1. Yay! So happy it worked for you, Linda. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and rating 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    First recipe using my instant pot and it was perfect. It tastes more like it has been steamed the texture is great- thank you for posting

    1. Yay! So happy to hear that, Kim! There are a ton of easy IP recipes on the site – and let me know if you have anything you’re looking for in particular and I’ll see what I can whip up for you 🙂 Thanks for your comment and rating!