How to Cook Brown Rice in an Instant Pot

Rice is essential for making some of the best meals for any occasion. It’s quick and easy and extremely versatile when it comes to trying different seasonings and recipes. There are also many different ways you can make rice such as over the stove, in a pan, or in an instant pot. If you want to know how to cook brown rice in an instant pot, you’ll need to invest in the proper instant pot that’ll suit your cooking needs. Depending on what recipe you’re going to use, here’s a very quick and simple way to prepare the rice for your meal.

Here are some simple, basic recipes you can use when you need a quick and easy side dish or main meal. There’s a recipe for plain brown rice, fried brown rice, and Spanish brown rice. All of these recipes can be followed or you can play around and create your own! 

How to Cook Brown Rice in an Instant Pot

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup brown rice 
  • 1 ½ cups water 
  • Instant pot 

First, you’re going to rinse your rice using cold water to remove any of the excess starch on the rice. 

When your brown rice is completely rinsed off, you’re going to add 1 cup of brown rice with 1 ½ cups of water into your instant pot. 

Once the brown rice is submerged under the water, you’re going to cook the rice for 20-22 minutes on high until the rice has cooked completely. 

When the instant pot is done, let the rice sit for 5-10 minutes before gently fluffing it with a fork. 

How to Make Fried Brown Rice in an Instant Pot 

How to Make Fried Brown Rice in an Instant Pot 

Using the same recipe from above, we’re going to make fried brown rice in an instant pot. Very similar to the base recipe, this fried rice is easy to make and extremely delicious. Fried rice is super quick to make, especially when you’re craving a little Asian cuisine after a long day at work. 

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • 1 cup brown rice 
  • 1 ½ cups of water 
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 eggs 
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce 
  • 1 tsp sesame oil 
  • ½ cup chopped carrots 
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen peas 
  1. Start by adding your rice and water into the instant pot and cooking for 5-8 minutes 
  2. Next, you’re going to prepare the vegetables by chopping the carrots and thawing the peas if you’re using frozen ones
  3. Once the rice is done and has cooled, scoop rice into a separate bowl then change your instant pot setting to saute
  4. When the instant pot has heated, add the oil then scramble the eggs 
  5. As soon as the eggs are scrambled to your liking, add in the rice, soy sauce, and sesame oil then stir
  6. Add the chopped veggies and peas or any additional ingredients like salt and pepper 
  7. Stir ingredients and continue cooking until the peas and carrots are completely cooked 
  8. Serve and enjoy! 

How to Make Spanish Brown Rice in an Instant Pot 

How to Make Spanish Brown Rice in an Instant Pot 

Spanish rice is another staple for any quick and delicious meal. Like fried rice, it can be used for a variety of dinners and can be made in just under 10 minutes! It can be used as a side dish, with tacos, or even for a burrito bowl night.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup brown rice 
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable broth 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • ¼ cup diced onion 
  • 2 garlic cloves 
  • ½ tsp paprika 
  • ½ tsp cumin 
  • ⅛ tsp oregano 
  • ½ tsp chili powder 
  • ⅓ cup tomato sauce 
  • ½ tsp salt 
  1. First, you’re going to rinse off the starch from the brown rice by pouring it into a strainer and rinsing it with cold water
  2. As the rice is drying, put your instant pot on saute then add the oil, minced garlic, and chopped onion
  3. Cook the garlic and onion in oil until both have browned then turn off the instant pot heat and add the vegetable broth
  4. Add the paprika, cumin, oregano, chili powder, and salt into the broth
  5. Pour in the rice and begin stirring thoroughly until the rice has submerged into the vegetable broth
  6. As soon as the rice has been fully submerged in the liquid, pour the tomato sauce over top
  7. Once all the ingredients are combined, close the lid to the instant pot and cook on high for 15-20 minutes
  8. As soon as the instant pot is done, slowly open the lid to stir the rice and release the steam 
  9. Continue stirring and add any extra ingredients for flavor before serving 
  10. Spoon out rice and enjoy! 


As you can see, there are so many different kinds of ways to make brown rice in an instant pot. If you don’t have a pressure cooker or instant pot, you can always make your brown rice in a pot over the stove or in a pan. These recipes are so easy to make, especially when you’re busy but also want to save a few bucks instead of going out. 

Written by Amber Phipps

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