Follow my fail-proof recipe for making Instant Pot Jasmine Rice and you’ll never make it any other way… not even in a rice cooker!
Perfectly cooked rice seems to be a hot topic in the Instant Pot community. From mushy rice to burned pans, there are so many fails that can happen… and that can be avoided with the right recipe.
I’ve been making rice solely in the Instant Pot for several years now and I’m happy to share my experience and secrets with you. The first secret to perfect Instant Pot rice is understanding that different types of rice absorb different amounts of water. The second is knowing which types of rice need to be rinsed and which don’t.
These 2 little factors are more important than you might think if you want your rice to turn out. If that sounds complicated, it’s not! Follow my method for perfect rice every single time and you’ll get rid of your rice cooker too.
- By the Numbers: How to Make Instant Pot Jasmine Rice
- Tips for Making Jasmine Rice in the Instant Pot
- 1. Why do you rinse the rice?
- 2. Do I have to sauté the rice?
- 3. Can I make more or less rice?
- 4. Can I use the pot in pot method?
- 5. I get a burn notice when I make rice…
- 6. My rice came out mushy or undercooked. Help!!!
- 7. How to store leftovers?
- 8. What can I serve with jasmine rice?
- 9. Can I make basmati rice the same way?
- Instant Pot Jasmine Rice Recipe
- Fine mesh strainer
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Instant Pot
- Serving spoon
By the Numbers: How to Make Instant Pot Jasmine Rice
Follow these simple steps to make perfect jasmine rice in your Instant Pot every single time.
Step 1: Rinse Rice.
Add 3 cups of jasmine rice to a fine-mesh strainer and rinse under cold running water for 5-10 minutes, or until the water rinses clear. You want to make sure to rinse as much starch off as possible.
Step 2: Saute Rice in Olive Oil.
Press the Saute button your Instant Pot and add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Add the rice you rinsed in the previous step to the Instant Pot and stir to coat in oil, then sauté for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
Step 3: Add Water and Deglaze Pot.
Press the Cancel button to turn off the Instant Pot. Immediately pour in 3 cups of filtered water and stir to combine the rice and water. Also be sure to deglaze the pot with a wooden spoon to make sure no grains of rice are stuck to the bottom of the pot or you could get a burn notice.
Step 4: Pressure Cook Rice.
Place the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure the pressure release valve is in the sealing position. Press the Pressure Cook button and set it on High Pressure for 4 minutes (the Rice setting is meant for standard long grain rice).
When it’s done cooking, use a natural pressure release for 15 minutes, then use a quick release to release any remaining pressure and open the lid. The water should be completely absorbed into your fragrant jasmine rice.
Step 5: Fluff Rice.
Use a fork or serving spoon to gently fluff your rice before serving.
Step 6: Serve Jasmine Rice.
Now you’re ready to serve your perfect Instant Pot Jasmine Rice as a side with your favorite dishes. See below for some recipe pairing ideas!
Tips for Making Jasmine Rice in the Instant Pot
Answers to all of your questions about making the best jasmine rice in your Instant Pot electric pressure cooker.
1. Why do you rinse the rice?
You’ll have mushy rice if you don’t rinse it first! Jasmine rice has a lot of excess starch that has to be rinsed well before cooking or you’ll end up with a mushy, very sticky texture. So please rinse it!
2. Do I have to sauté the rice?
No, this step isn’t absolutely necessary. If you’re in a hurry, just toss everything into the pot and cook. It’ll still taste great, but the texture is just that much better when you lightly sauté the rice first… so I highly recommend not skipping this step.
3. Can I make more or less rice?
Absolutely. Use the same 1:1 ratio of rice to water. I don’t recommend making less than 2 cups of rice at a time to ensure even cooking. And be sure that the amount you’re adding won’t go over the max fill line on the inner pot.
4. Can I use the pot in pot method?
Yes, you can use the pot in pot method to make things like chicken and rice at the same time in your electric pressure cooker. Just make sure to rinse the rice well and keep the 1:1 water ratio used in this recipe.
5. I get a burn notice when I make rice…
Did you make sure that no rice was stuck to the bottom of the pot before you closed the pressure cooker lid? If not, be sure not to skip that step next time.
If you’re sure nothing was stuck to the bottom of the pot, I’ve found that some Instant Pots seem to give the burn notice more often than others. I have never gotten it on either of my 6 quarts, but has happened with our 8 quart.
If your pot tends to burn more often, I recommend not sautéing the rice first and seeing if that resolves the issue. If it doesn’t fix the issue for you, I recommend trying the pot in pot method for cooking rice.
6. My rice came out mushy or undercooked. Help!!!
Bummer! I’ve found that the moisture level of rice varies by brand and even by bag, especially when you buy in bulk. It can be annoying, but you can have two bags of the same brand of rice and one will be drier than the other.
Luckily, it’s easy to adjust. If your rice came out too wet the first time, add less water next time. If it came out undercooked / crunchy, add more water. I recommend adding or subtracting 2-4 tablespoons of water at a time until you find the right ratio. You can also try adding or subtracting one minute from the cooking time.
7. How to store leftovers?
If you make too much rice, be sure to store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can buy silicone lids for your Instant Pot pressure cooker that seal well.
8. What can I serve with jasmine rice?
This fragrant grain is slightly sticky and pairs well with many cuisines. If you don’t want to take the time to make Instant Pot Spanish Rice, some of my favorite recipes to serve plain white rice with are Instant Pot Carne Asada or Instant Pot Barbacoa.
Sometimes, I stir a little butter and raw honey into it for a simple dessert! After cooking jasmine rice in the Instant Pot, it’s my favorite type of white rice.
9. Can I make basmati rice the same way?
No! Basmati rice is a much drier grain and absorbs more water than jasmine rice. You’ll need to adjust the water to rice ratio up for basmati rice.
I know that the Instant Pot website says they should both be cooked with a 1 cup of water to 1 cup of rice ratio, but I tested over and over to find the water to rice ratio that actually works the best for each type of rice.
Get my Instant Pot Basmati Rice recipe.
Instant Pot Jasmine Rice Recipe
- Add the jasmine rice to a fine-mesh strainer and rinse under cold water for 5-10 minutes, or until the water runs clear.
- Turn your Instant Pot onto Saute mode and warm the olive oil. Add the rinsed rice to the Instant Pot and sauté for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Turn off the Instant Pot and pour in the water. Stir to combine and make sure no rice is stuck to the bottom of the pan or you may get a burn message.
- Pressure Cook on High Pressure for 4 minutes. Use a natural pressure release for 15 minutes, then quick release all remaining pressure and remove the lid.
- Stir the rice gently for fluffy jasmine rice.
- Serve your Instant Pot Jasmine Rice with your favorite main dishes.