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!
The secret to perfectly cooked rice in the Instant Pot is understanding that different types of rice absorb different amounts of water… and which ones need to be rinsed.
Yes, it’s that important if you want your rice to turn out! Follow my method for perfect rice every single time.
Instant Pot Jasmine Rice Recipe
- Add the jasmine rice to the fine-mesh strainer and rinse under cold water for 5-10 minutes, or until the water rinses clear. You want to make sure to rinse as much starch off as possible.
- Turn your Instant Pot onto Saute mode, and warm the olive oil. Add the rinsed rice to the Instant Pot and stir to coat in oil, then sauté for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Turn off the Instant Pot and immediately pour in the filtered water. Stir to combine and make sure no grains of rice are stuck to the bottom of the pot or you could get a burn notice.
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot, be sure it's in the sealing position, then set it on High Pressure and pressure cook 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 quick release to release any remaining pressure and remove the lid. The water should be completely absorbed into your fragrant jasmine rice.
- Stir the rice gently for fluffy jasmine rice.
- Serve your perfect Instant Pot Jasmine Rice as a side with your favorite dishes. See below for some recipe pairing ideas!
Nutrition Information Per Serving
Tips for Making Jasmine Rice in the Instant Pot
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.