Instant Pot jasmine rice is fast and easy to make. This rice to water ratio will make perfect fluffy rice every single time.
Cooking in the pressure cooker is also fast! When you consider the time it takes for stovetop rice to come to a boil and cook (compared to the time it takes the Instant Pot pressure cooker to come to pressure, cook, and release), the pressure cooker wins by about 10 minutes.
White jasmine rice is a slightly sticky fragrant rice that's similar to basmati rice. It's widely used in Thai and Vietnamese cuisine, but I use it as a side dish for just about everything, even my slow cooker Hawaiian meatballs.
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Jasmine rice cooks well in the Instant Pot, so if you struggle with cooking rice on the stove top or in a rice cooker, you're in luck. This is my favorite way to cook rice. No more burned rice sticking to the bottom of the pan, and no more mushy rice.
This Instant Pot jasmine rice recipe is foolproof.
- Fast: Instant Pot rice is faster than stovetop rice.
- Perfect jasmine rice: Fluffy, perfect rice every time.
The only ingredients you need are jasmine rice and cold water.
- jasmine rice
Water to Rice Ratio
While you might be used to cooking rice using 2 cups of water for every cup of rice, rice cooks a little differently in the pressure cooker.
The perfect jasmine rice water ratio for the Instant Pot is 1:1.
That's one cup of uncooked rice and one cup of water, or two cups of rice to two cups of water.
What if I want to make more? You can double or even triple this recipe while maintaining the rice ratio and cook time (see the recipe card). Just be mindful of your Instant Pot's max fill line.
What if I want to make less? According to the Instant Pot user manual, you need at least one cup of liquid to bring the pot to pressure, therefore you cannot half this recipe.
Do I use the rice setting? My instructions use the manual setting.
Run water over the jasmine rice until the water runs clear. I use a fine-mesh strainer and rinse the water in the sink.
Add the rinsed rice and water to the Instant Pot.
Close the lid and turn the venting knob to sealing. Pressure cook on HIGH pressure for 3 minutes. It will take about 5 minutes to come to pressure before the cooking time begins.
Follow the cooking time with a 10-minute natural release. A natural pressure release is when you allow the steam to escape naturally rather than manually turning or pressing the valve. After 10 minutes of natural release, turn the knob to venting to finish releasing pressure.
Open the lid and fluff the rice.
Tip: You don't have to use a rice paddle, but I find they are very effective and efficient at scooping rice.
Season or garnish as desired and serve.
Instant Pot: I use a 6-quart Instant Pot Duo. I prefer to cook rice in the electric pressure cooker instead of stovetop because I never deal with boiling and bubbling over or rice sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Fine mesh strainer: I use a large mesh strainer to rinse my rice in the sink (see my tips below on rice rinsing below).
Rice paddle spoon: Rice paddles are great for scooping rice from the pot without mashing the rice or creating a mushy texture. They easily scrape the bottom of the pot so there is no rice left behind. My Instant Pot came with a rice paddle, but you can find affordable rice spatulas if yours did not.
Leftover rice should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. To prevent the growth of bacteria, it is important to cool the rice down quickly. You can do this by dividing it into smaller portions to allow it to cool to room temperature before storing it in the fridge.
To reheat the rice, add a few tablespoons of water, cover the container with a damp paper towel, and microwave it on high for a minute or two, or until the rice is heated through.
Strainer Method: Using a large mesh strainer is the fastest way to rinse rice. I run water over it and rub the rice with my fingers until the milky water runs clear.
Bowl method: It is also easy to rinse rice in a bowl if you do not have a strainer. Cover the rice in water and run your hands through the rice. Dump the water and repeat until the dumped water runs clear.
Nagi at RecipeTin Eats writes that stovetop jasmine rice does not need to be rinsed, but I find unrinsed rice in the pressure cooker becomes gluey. Rinsing rice can remove surface starch.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Instant Pot rice program is designed for white rice. Less cooks to al dente, Normal cooks to a normal texture, and More cooked to a softer texture.
The water to rice ratio for rice is 1 to 1, unlike other cooking methods. This means for every cup of rice, you need a cup of water.
Instant Pot Jasmine Rice
- 1 cup jasmine rice
- 1 cup water or broth cold
- Run water over the jasmine rice until the water runs clear.
- Add the jasmine rice and water to the Instant Pot.
- Close the lid and turn the venting knob to sealing. Pressure cook on HIGH pressure for 3 minutes. It will take about 5 minutes to come to pressure before the cook time begins. Follow the cook time with a 10-minute natural release. After, turn the knob to venting to finish releasing pressure.
- Open the lid and fluff the rice. Season as desired and serve.
Instant Pot Safety
Instant Pots have advanced safety features that make them safer than traditional pressure cookers. Always read and follow the user manual for your Instant Pot.