How To Cook a Delicious Rice with an Instant Pot

Posted By on January 4, 2018

How To Cook a Delicious Rice with an Instant Pot
Instant Pot Multicookers are capable, time-saving gadgets. Right out the box though, they’re not as convenient for prepping basic white rice. The printed manual and bundled recipe book give only vague instructions. Instant Pot’s own guide clashes with many rice recipes on its website.   
When you cook white rice on the stove, the typical ratio is 1 part rice to 2 parts water. With rice cookers you don’t need to remember ratios at all. Just measure rice with the cooker’s cup accessory (typically 180ml, or 6.1 fluid ounces). Then fill the machine’s pot to a recalibrated water line to match your uncooked rice amount.
Step 1: Measure your rice

With your Instant Pot’s cup accessory, measure out the dry rice you’d like to cook in level cups. Now put the rice inside the inner pot liner. Next take the inner pot out of your appliance and set it aside — in your kitchen sink or nearby is ideal.

Step 2: Rinse it well

Fill the inner pot with a healthy amount of cold water. You don’t need to be exact, but you should have enough liquid to submerge the grains by about 2 to 3 inches. Gently swirl the water and rice slurry with your hand. The water should quickly become cloudy or milky. Carefully drain most of the water and repeat the process. It typically takes about four rinses for water in the pot to become clear.

Step 3: Fill the pot

Next fill the Instant Pot’s liner with the rest of the water you need. Leave the wet rice in the pot and don’t worry about straining it. Just add (or subtract) enough water to reach the correct line. Remember you’re aiming for the line next to the number of rice cups you’ve added.

Now seal the lid by swiveling it closed to its locked position. Make sure the steam release valve is set to “sealing.”

Step 4: Get things cooking

We’ll use your Instant Pot’s “Rice” cooking program. This function was designed specifically for white rice. It’s an automatic cooking mode that runs between 10 to 12 minutes. When the program finishes, wait another 15 minutes for the appliance to cool down and release its internal pressure naturally.

Step 5: Fluff and enjoy

Swivel the lid open. You should be greeted by the lovely sight and smell of freshly cooked rice. Don’t forget one vital step though. Grab a fork and softly run it through the bed of rice. This fluffs the grains and mixes in any residual water at the bottom of the pot.

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How To Cook a Delicious Rice with an Instant Pot