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Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe

Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe is an easy way to cook rice in a pressure cooker. This fool-proof method will have your rice turn out perfectly tender every time.

Cooked brown rice in a white bowl with parsley garnish

Having the basics covered with your pressure cooker is not only a must but will also save you time on your daily meals or meal prep. This rice recipe if perfect for freezing for later use and also can be customized with your favorite herbs and spices.

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Which Instant Pot Should I Buy?

The Instant Pot Duo is a 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker and more. This is probably the most common Instant Pot and works with this recipe. 

There are other models of the Instant Pot, but some cooking times may differ. You can also use another brand of pressure cooker for this recipe.

What is Brown Rice?

You may have noticed that brown rice has a different texture than white rice. It has a grainy texture because it is a whole grain. White rice has more parts removed than brown rice. Brown rice has more nutrients and therefore a different taste.

Instant Pot Rice Ingredients

To make this pressure cooker brown rice side dish, you will need the following ingredients (see the recipe card below for exact amounts):

  • Brown rice
  • Water: or vegetable or chicken broth
  • Salt
  • Olive oil: or any vegetable oil of your choice
  • Dried parsley: or any other seasoning you’d like

Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe

How to Cook Brown Rice in a Pressure Cooker

Just follow these instructions to learn how to cook brown rice in an Instant Pot:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients. Pour all of the ingredients into your pressure cooker pot, give them a good stir. 
  2. Cook in Instant Pot. Lock the lid into place, set valve to Sealing, select Pressure Cook to High and for 22 minutes. (Note: The cooking time will only start counting down once your Instant Pot has pressurized. The time it takes to pressurize will depend on your altitude.)
  3. Release the pressure. Once the timer goes off and the machine beeps, allow the Instant Pot to Natural Release for 10 minutes. Once this time is up, turn valve to Venting using a wooden spoon and standing back from the steam release area to release any remaining pressure in the pot before twisting the lid open. Now, carefully open the pot and tilt the lid away from your face as you do so.
  4. Fluff the rice and serve. Use a fork to fluff the rice. Serve as desired or add any other herbs or spices before you do so.

Spoon full of cooked brown rice lifted out of a pressure cooker

Tips for Cooking Brown Rice in an Instant Pot

  • You can store cooked rice or any leftovers in the freezer for a couple of months. Simply let the cooked rice come to room temp then divide in freezer bags as desired.
  • To use frozen rice you can either microwave it to defrost it, place frozen rice in your fridge and allow to defrost in the refrigerator overnight, or you can also just add it to a pan with a little bit of oil and water to cook and defrost at the same time.

Bowl of Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe

What to Serve with Brown Rice

Brown rice is great for serving as a side dish, with Mexican food, or mixed with veggies. Here are some ides of what to serve with brown rice:

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

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Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe

Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe

Yield: 6 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes

Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe is an easy way to cook rice in a pressure cooker. This fool-proof method will have your rice turn out perfectly tender every time.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 2.5 cups water
  • pinch of salt, optional
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley

Instructions

  1. Pour all of the ingredients into your pressure cooker pot, give them a good stir. 
  2. Lock the lid into place, set valve to Sealing, select Pressure Cook to High and for 22 minutes. (Note: The cooking time will only start counting down once your Instant Pot has pressurized. The time it takes to pressurize will depend on your altitude.)
  3. Once the timer goes off and the machine beeps, allow the Instant Pot to Natural Release for 10 minutes. Once this time is up, turn valve to Venting using a wooden spoon and standing back from the steam release area to release any remaining pressure in the pot before twisting the lid open. Now, carefully open the pot and tilt the lid away from your face as you do so.
  4. Use a fork to fluff the rice. Serve as desired or add any other herbs or spices.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 93Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 27mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g

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