Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe – This no-fail, easy recipe makes the best brown rice every time! It’s perfect for busy weeknights and easy meal prep! 

Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe - This no-fail, easy as can be brown rice recipe is perfect for busy weeknights and easy meal prep! // addapinch.com

I love simple, easy make-ahead recipes that make my weeknights (and days!) even easier! Take this simple Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe. I love to make a batch of it to then use in so many recipes throughout the week. I know that I can quickly add this cooked brown rice to any number of dishes – from serving alongside baked chicken and vegetables, adding to my burritos, salads and so much more. 

Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe

Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe - This no-fail, easy as can be brown rice recipe is perfect for busy weeknights and easy meal prep! // addapinch.com

How to Make It

To make this, I start with 2 cups of brown rice and 2 1/2 cups of water, stock or broth.

Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe - This no-fail, easy as can be brown rice recipe is perfect for busy weeknights and easy meal prep! // addapinch.com

I then seal my Instant Pot and set the timer for 15 minutes. I then let my Instant Pot release pressure naturally. You’ll see that all of the liquid from the water, stock or broth that you added are absorbed into the rice making it tender and delicious.

You’ll also notice that I do not add a lot of seasoning to my recipe as it cooks. Here’s why. I prefer to leave it unseasoned so that I can season it based on the dish that I am serving it with or including it in. Of course, if you are preparing your rice to serve immediately, seasonings are perfect to include. If you are making batches of it like I like to do, you’ll most likely prefer for it to be unseasoned as well.

Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe - This no-fail, easy as can be brown rice recipe is perfect for busy weeknights and easy meal prep! // addapinch.com

Fluff your rice using a fork and then serve.

How to Make Ahead, Store, and Freeze Brown Rice

How to Make Ahead

Brown rice makes the perfect make ahead recipe to help with meal prep! I love to make a large batch of it on the weekend to use in recipes throughout the week. If I see that I haven’t used it all within the week (which is rare!), I simply freeze it to use later! How great is that?

How Long Will it Last in the Refrigerator?

You can store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

How Long Will it Last in the Freezer?

You can cool the rice after cooking, place in a freezer safe, airtight container, then freeze for up to 3 months.

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Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe - This no-fail, easy as can be brown rice recipe is perfect for busy weeknights and easy meal prep! // addapinch.com

I think you’ll absolutely love this staple recipe and find so many recipes and meals that you want to include it in!

Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe - This no-fail, easy as can be brown rice recipe is perfect for busy weeknights and easy meal prep! // addapinch.com

Here’s my Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe. I hope you make it soon!

Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe - This no-fail, easy as can be brown rice recipe is perfect for busy weeknights and easy meal prep! // addapinch.com

Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe

Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe – This no-fail, easy as can be brown rice recipe is perfect for busy weeknights and easy meal prep! 
4.78 from 57 votes

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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time27 mins
Servings: 6 (1-cup) servings
Course Side Dish
Calories: 216.5kcal
Serving Size 1cup
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add uncooked brown rice to the Instant Pot or other pressure cooker. Pour in the water, stock or broth and stir to combine. Seal the lid of the Instant Pot and select 15 minutes on high pressure. 
  • Allow the Instant Pot to release pressure naturally. Remove the lid to the Instant Pot and fluff the brown rice with a fork. 
  • Serve the brown rice or transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to a week or the freezer for 3 months. 

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 216.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 44.8g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1.1mg
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Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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199 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. Best IP brown rice ever. I added some garlic powder, onion powder, salt & pepper. I use extremely reduced sodium broth. It’s so delicious, easy and pretty quick! Thank you!

  2. I’m not sure what went wrong with mine. I did high pressure for 15 mins and only 2 cups of water (because of a previous recipe I saw) and when I opened it up, it was soup. I had to put it on sauté to get the water to evaporate and even then it was just gross. Very wet. Any ideas?

    1. Anna, it sounds like you didn’t set the Instant Pot for natural release. The steam pressure will then naturally release after it has finished cooking the 15 minutes. It usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes for the pressure to release after the 15 minute cook time.

  3. My natural release was really long, like 20 min. Did I do something wrong? It still looks a little mushy 🙁 I did 2 cups of brown rice and 2 1/2 cups of broth 🙁

    1. It usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes for the pressure to release after the 15 minute cook time, Jill. The rice should be moist but not mushy, Jill.

  4. Excellent results, but it took longer than 27 minutes — about 40 minutes when you count the time it took for the water in the IP to reach the desired temperature, the 15-minute cooking time, and the 18-minute natural release period. I am trying to be more energy-efficient in my cooking, and I learned recently that a gas stove (what I have) is by far the least efficient way of cooking. So this IP recipe is still worth it! Thank you!

    Question: Can you use boiling water in the IP to speed things up? Sorry if it is a dumb question — I am a new IP user:-)

    1. Patricia, the cook time is the actual time you set for the ingredients to cook, not the time it takes to reach temperature or time for natural release. These times can vary so much from one appliance to another. I haven’t tried it but others say adding boiling water to the instant pot does speed up time to reach desired temperature.

  5. I was thinking an instant pot would be quicker than a rice cooker, but obviously not. I’m going to stick to my rice cooker for rice.

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