How to Cook Rice and Whole Grains in Your Instant Pot
It’s time to put that Rice button on your Instant Pot to good use! And while the Instant Pot will do a great job of quickly cooking rice for you, that’s not the only grain it can handle. We’ll teach you how to cook rice, quinoa, oats, and so many other whole grains right in your pressure cooker.
A side of rice or whole grains goes great with almost any meal, but it can be time-consuming to cook an entire batch on a weeknight. That’s where your pressure cooker comes in. With these instructions, you can cook just about any whole grain you want much faster than before (quinoa pressure-cooks in just 1 minute!). Thanks to your Instant Pot, cooking rice and whole grains has never been faster (or easier).
Get the recipe: Pressure Cooker Gruyère Risotto with Arugula Gremolata
The instructions for each grain listed below all start with 1 cup of the uncooked grain. Use the directions as a guideline for steaming grains in your pressure cooker, but keep in mind that the timings can vary depending on the model you’re using. Be sure to rinse all grains before cooking them with the exception of regular rolled oats. For both electric and stove-top pressure cookers, coat your cooker with nonstick cooking spray before adding the rice or grains and the water. For both models, quick-release the pressure once the cook time is up for all rice and grains except spelt.
- White Rice (long grain, basmati, jasmine, and medium grain): Use 1½ cups water for each cup of uncooked rice. Pressure-cook 5 minutes; you’ll end up with about 2 cups cooked rice.
- Brown Rice (long grain): Use 1 cup water for each cup of uncooked rice. Pressure-cook the rice 20 minutes; this method should yield about 3 cups cooked rice.
While a lot of these grains are great for serving as a side dish or for bulking up salads, you can also add them to your breakfast! Oatmeal is an easy pressure cooker breakfast to make, but you can also cook multiple grains at once for multigrain cereal or even turn quinoa into a breakfast grain. Or, if you like meal planning, cook up a few big batches of rice or grains to use throughout the whole week.