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Learn how to make rice in an instant pot or pressure cooker for your dinner.
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Instant Pot White Rice Recipe

For a tender and fluffy side dish, Instant Pot White Rice will quickly become your new go-to recipe. Simply combine rice, water, butter or oil, and salt in a pressure cooker, then set it and forget it!

Course Dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Asian
Prep Time 6 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 121 kcal


  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 2 cups water or broth
  • 1 tbsp. butter or oil, optional
  • ½ tsp. salt to taste, optional


  1. Place rice in a fine mesh strainer. Rinse under cold water for 1 minute, or until liquid almost runs clear.
  2. Add rice, water, butter, or oil, and salt to a 6-quart Instant Pot. Cover the Instant Pot with the lid and move the pressure release valve to sealed.

  3. Turn the pressure cooker to the manual mode:

    If cooking at high pressure, set the timer to 3-4 minutes. Naturally release the pressure for 10 minutes.

    If cooking at low pressure, set the timer for 12-13 minutes and quick release the pressure when done.

  4. 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.

Recipe Notes

  • 1 cup of dried rice equals 3 cups of cooked rice.
  • One serving equals ½ cup cooked rice.

Meal Prep and Storage

    • How to prep ahead of time: Make up a bunch of rice to add to easy meal prep dishes.

    • How to store: Seal in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

    • How to freeze: Keep in an airtight freezer-safe container for up to 4-6 months.

    • How to reheat: Warm in the microwave with a little bit of water sprinkled over the top.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot White Rice Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 121 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 92mg4%
Potassium 35mg1%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 31IU1%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.