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Instant Pot Long Grain White Rice

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Instant Pot Rice is one of the few things you NEED to master in the Instant Pot! This post will help answer all of your questions about how to make long grain white rice in. your Instant Pot.

a big bowl of white rice in a blue bowl

Cooking Rice in Instant Pot

For this recipe, I use long grain white rice. Not jasmine rice, not calrose rice, or brown rice. Rice comes in so many different varieties, but this Instant Pot recipe is for long grain white rice.

Make sure you note the kind of rice you have before you use an Instant Pot recipe for rice.

How to cook long grain white rice in instant pot

To make long grain white rice in my Instant Pot, I use a 1:1.25 ratio or rice to water. This is dry, long grain white rice and regular water.

I prefer the ratio of slightly more water to rice, because I think it results in a better texture.

How long to cook white long grain rice in instant pot

Now that you have the ratio, we can make perfect Instant Pot Rice! I like to forgo the Instant Pot rice preset and use the manual or pressure cook setting.

I cook my rice for 3 minutes on high pressure with a 10 minute natural pressure release.

The 10 minute NPR is extremely important when making long grain white rice in your Instant Pot. It’s during the NPR that the rice absorbs the water and turns soft.

closeup of Uncooked white rice

How do I cook 1 cup of rice in instant pot?

I typically make 1-2 cups of white rice in the Instant Pot. The ratio that I find best is 1:1.25 rice to water. There are many recipes out there that recommend 1:1 ratio of rice to water. I personally think it needs that extra moisture.

Multiply this ratio to make more than 1 cup of white long grain rice in your Instant Pot.

How long is rice setting on instant pot?

The RICE setting on the Instant Pot is a preset for 12 minutes on LOW pressure. You may use this setting with no issues.

However, I prefer to use the manual/pressure cook setting when making long grain white rice in my Instant Pot.

two instant pots with the lids on the base
The lids can rest on either side of the base

Which Pot should I use to make rice?

I use the Instant Pot 6 quart Duo for my recipes; however, I always make long grain white rice in the 3 quart Instant Pot.

Since I’m usually making the main dish in the larger Instant Pot, I like making the sides in the 3 quart.

This recipe is compatible in a 6 or 3 quart Instant Pot.

If I make Japanese sticky rice which is short grain white rice, I always use my Japanese rice cooker.

If you want to know which Instant Pot to buy, you’ll want to check out this post on Which Instant Pot to Buy or this Youtube video!

Should you rinse rice?

Yes or No. The rice I buy (enriched long grain white rice) actually specifies on the package not to rinse the rice. Washing the rice washes away nutrients that the rice was enriched with.

I use dry rice in this Instant Pot rice recipe.

If the packaging on your rice specifies to wash or rinse the rice before cooking, you’ll want to do that.

If you do rinse your rice, you don’t need it to be perfectly clear like when you’re making Japanese rice. Rinsing the rice will make it less sticky as it washes away the starches that make rice sticky.

Instant Pot rice with a rice paddle
TIP- Wet your rice paddle in a bowl of water to keep it from sticking to your rice

Can you cook instant rice in the instant pot?

If you’re using an instant rice like Minute Rice, you can make it in the Instant Pot! Since Minute Rice is already cooked, it is super fast!

Using the Instant Pot to make Instant Rice makes it even easier and hands off!

To make minute rice in the Instant Pot, use a 1:1 ratio of water to rice, and cook on manual high pressure for 1 minute with a quick release.

After the 1 minute is up, the Instant Pot will beep. The Instant Pot will display “L0:00” (for lapsed time). At this point, turn the knob from sealing to venting and enjoy!

How many cups of rice can you cook in an instant pot?

In a 6 quart Instant Pot, I recommend a maximum of 5 cups of uncooked rice. For an 8 quart, I recommend a maximum of 6.5 cups.

Instant Pot Rice with a paddle, napkin, and salt shaker

Why is my rice always mushy?

If your rice is too mushy for your taste, it’s because the rice to water ratio is off . Aka, too much water.

When making rice in your Instant Pot, you need to remember there is no evaporation. This means the rice to water ratio is much less than if you cooked your rice on the stove or in a rice cooker.

Why is my rice dry?

If your rice is dry, the ratio of rice to water is off and there’s not enough water. When you’re experimenting with different kinds of rice, keep this in mind! Different kinds of rice absorb different amounts of water.

Another reason why your rice could be dry is if you leave it in the Instant Pot too long after cooking.

The keep warm mode will continue to heat the rice at a low temperature. This can occasionally dry out or burn the rice if you leave it too long.

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Should I add oil to rice?

There’s no need to add oil to your rice unless you like the flavor of additional olive oil. Adding oil to the rice will prevent the rice will becoming too sticky. The oil coats the rice and doesn’t allow it to absorb as much water.

I find that the flavor doesn’t change at all if I add oil or not! So, I save the calories and skip it.

If I want to make a rice pilaf and add some extra flavor, then I will add oil. First, toast the rice on saute mode with olive oil or butter, then add liquid.

Should I add salt to rice?

There’s no need to add salt to rice, but it will always add a little flavor. I only use Redmond Real Salt now- I’ve become a total salt snob! It is the most pure, best-tasting, natural salt I have ever had.

You wouldn’t ever think you could tell the difference, but I love it! I find a big difference in my cooking now that I only use Redmond Salt.

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Is the rice setting on instant pot low pressure?

Yes, the Rice setting on the Instant Pot is a preset. It’s also the only preset on that changes the pressure from high to low pressure.

Instant Pot Rice

Why does Rice stick to bottom of Instant pot?

Rice sticking to the bottom of your Pot is so annoying! But in order to prevent rice from sticking, you just need to give it some time and WAIT! Yes, just waiting!

The natural pressure release actually helps to absorb the steam and lift the rice off the bottom of the Pot.

Flavored Instant Pot Long Grain White Rice

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If you want to add some flavor to your rice, try some of these tips. You can add some lemon juice, or use chicken or beef broth in place of the water. It’s extremely easy to modify! Check out this Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice recipe.

How much water do I need for 2 cups of rice?

Using this ratio, you will need 2.5 cups of water to 2 cups of rice.

How long do you cook 3 cups of rice?

It may seem weird, but no matter how much rice you cook in the Instant Pot, you’ll use the same ratio and the same time! I cook my rice for 3 minutes with a 10 minute natural pressure release.

Other Instant Pot Rice Recipes

How to make Instant pot brown rice

If you’d like to make Instant Pot Brown Rice, read this post or watch my video on Youtube.

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long grain white rice with salt

Instant Pot Long Grain White Rice

Yield: 2.5 Cups
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Additional Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Instant Pot Rice is the best- super fast, easy, and hands-free.


  • 1 Cup Long Grain White Rice, unrinsed
  • 1 1/4 Cup Water
  • Dash of Salt, if desired


  1. Add ingredients to the Instant Pot.
  2. Lock the lid, turn the knob to SEALING, and cook on manual high pressure for 3 minutes.
  3. Allow a 10 minute natural pressure release after the 3 minute pressure cook. The display will start counting up to 10.
  4. When the display says L0:10, release the rest of the steam by turning the knob from sealing to venting.
  5. Using a wet rice paddle, fluff the rice up and enjoy!


You may adjust the cook time from 2-8 minutes, depending on how al dente you prefer your rice.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 51Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 42mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

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Alexey G Zharikov

Saturday 7th of May 2022

Is this ratio by weight or by volume?

Lisa Childs

Monday 9th of May 2022

It is the same. One part rice to one and a quarter part water.


Saturday 11th of July 2020

Just tried your rice recipe after trying quite a few other IP ones. Was never totally happy with previous results. Your method worked so well! It will now be my go to for cooking rice. Thank you!

Lisa Childs

Tuesday 14th of July 2020

Thank you SO much!! Really appreciate you leaving a comment. So glad it helped :)

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