How to Make Instant Pot Brown Rice

We’ve shown you a few different methods for making brown rice. In the oven. Boiling in a lot of water. And there’s always just making it on the stovetop. There are pros and cons to each, but I’ve recently started cooking brown rice in my Instant Pot. We’ve been hearing from a lot of people who got them for Christmas, wanting recipes, and rice is one of those essential ways that you can really put your Instant Pot to work. This Instant Pot Brown Rice is about as fast as the method that involves cooking it in a lot of water, but I also feel like it’s more forgiving. It’s a lot faster than cooking it in the oven (although there are times that I really like that method; it’s very comfort food-y) and cooking it on the stovetop is always kind of iffy…things spill over…rice burns…I say bad words…the rice is either overcooked or undercooked. Basically, I just need to never do that.

The first time I cooked it in my Instant Pot, I used the Instant Pot directions (which are more along the lines of stovetop water to rice proportions). I wound up with mushy, waterlogged rice. The next time around, someone told me that I needed to cut way back on the water, which gave me perfect, fuss-free brown rice. So now I make it likes this a few times a week and freeze any leftovers for easy use in the future.

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You’ll need 2 cups of brown rice, 2 1/2 cups water (I use just shy of that because I don’t think I need that much at sea level elevation, but I think in higher elevations, 2 1/2 will be perfect), a little olive oil, and a little kosher salt.

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Use the sauté setting on your pan to heat the olive oil, then add the rice and stir for about 30 seconds.

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Add the salt and water…

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And use the manual setting to cook for 22-24 minutes (22 for low elevations, 24 for higher elevations). Allow the pressure to release naturally (so don’t turn the valve) for 5-10 minutes, then fluff with a fork and serve.

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Seriously, it couldn’t be easier!

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How to Make Brown Rice in an Instant Pot


Failproof brown rice in a pressure cooker! It’s perfect every time!


  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Use the sauté setting to heat the olive oil for 2-3 minutes. Add the rice and stir for 30 seconds. Add water and salt. Use the manual setting to cook for 22-24 minutes (22 for low elevations, 24 for higher), then allow the pressure to release naturally (don’t use the release valve) for 5-10 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Leftovers freeze beautifully for later use.


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  1. Thank you so much for this! I usually try and avoid rice recipes or end up eating it without or use white because brown rice takes so dang long to make and I never get it done in time! It’s like 2 hours in my rice cooker. 2 hours!!! I made this last night and it was perfect! Thank you thank you!

  2. I just tried making my first brown rice in my 6 quart Smart duo PC. I tried only making one cup of rice , used one and 1/4 cups water, half a teaspoon of salt full tablespoon of the oil. I followed the rest of the recipe’s instructions. I got to within 3 minutes before it was going to kick over to warm and got the warning that the instant pot was too hot check to see if my food was burned. So I did a QR and yes it was scorched on the bottom. rice was of course undercooked. So now I’m a little timid to try the 2 cup 2 1/2 cups of water. But I’ll be brave, maybe just not today! LOL

  3. I’ve followed the brown rice recipe that came with my InstantPot and I’ve had perfect rice every time. It’s so funny to me that it turns out differently for each of us at one time or another. 🙂 I am in SLC, UT and I cook for 22 min on high pressure. Where I struggle is my chicken is mostly always dry in my IP… can’t wait for some suggestions to overcoming this… Love your site and your recipes. 🙂

    1. I always have to cook chicken breast or boneless skinless thighs fully covered in liquid to get tender chicken. The nice part is at least the liquid is then sort of chicken broth I can use in recipes and it freezes well.

    2. It depends on your elevation. I’m at 5700’ and I have to multiple the time times 17% and add that amount. I found a nifty chart online that I screen capped to my ph so I always have it as my location changes.

    1. I freeze my left over rice in induvidual serving sizes in ziplock bags and then reheat the whoe bag in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes when I want it. It works great!

    1. Yes you will but not much. I cooked 4 cups rice with 5 cups of water for 24 minutes on High pressure and 17 minutes Low pressure (warm) and the rice was just a touch undercooked but not bad. Might want to do this much at about 26 minutes High pressure and 20 minutes Low.

        1. Nope–the higher the altitude, the longer the cook time. I have a recipe for Spanish Rice and when I lived in Utah (which is a high elevation), it took close to an hour to cook. When I moved to Louisiana (sea level or lower, sometimes), I scorched it the first time I made it–it only needed 20-25 minutes.

  4. I’d never heard of the Instant Pot so I googled it. Imagine my surprise at finding out it was invented by a group of Computer Science PhDs living right here in my community! The downside is that the larger, more recent versions aren’t available in Canada but only in the United States 🙁 That could explain why it was still a secret here.

  5. Thanks for posting this! I also had a brown rice flop the 1st time in the Instapot which I was super disappointed about as cooking brown rice quickly was one of my main motivations for buying one. I tried the recipe tonight and it worked great with the full 2 1/2 cups of water at 24 min here in SLC.

  6. I’m so glad you posted this! I tried making brown rice in my instant pot and it was mushy and soggy. Now I know the right way and can finally get rid of my old rice cooker from college. Yay!

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