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

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.

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! 
4.7 from 43 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 1g
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked brown rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water, stock, or broth

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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148 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. Hey Robyn, this is Robyn Roger’s loved the recipe. Rice came out just right, not over cooked. After the rice got done I made Spanish rice out of it and some chicken verse, yummy to da tummmm. Thanks

  2. Robyn
    I have made this rice twice and it is amazing. I followed your directions exactly and the rice was perfect. Thanks 
    Bobbie

  3. Thanks for shareing ur recipe.do u soak ur rice overnight? I wonder if ur recipe will make a difference cause i always soak mine overnight..its better for digestive system when soaked incase ur wondering

    1. Hi Nancy,
      The time may vary a bit between different machines and different ingredients used, etc. Your pressure cooker or instant pot manual should list the features and other info about natural release, quick release and more helpful information. I hope this helps and you enjoy the rice, Nancy! xo

  4. I followed the recipe exactly, and my rice turned out rather gummy.  There was also still some water on the bottom of the pot. I’m still trying to find the settings that will give me the great results my old rice cooker gave me. Next time I’ll add a couple of more minutes to the cook time. 

    1. Hi Phil,
      I’m sorry your rice was gummy, but I’ve not had this problem before. It could be a difference in the rice used, difference in instant pots, etc. My rice turns out great using this recipe. Thanks.

  5. This is my go to rice recipe! Sometimes I follow your recipe exactly for more al dente rice, and sometimes I add another 1/4 cup of water for texture more like sticky rice. I love both ways. Thank you!

  6. Thank you!! This came out perfectly. I have tried before and always it was too hard or too mushy. Just right! 

  7. My instant pot has 3 levels “less, normal, and more”
    Which one should it be on when I do this?

    In case it’s worth mentioning, the other two times ive made brown rice in this, it took 45 minutes before the rice would fully cook.

    1. Janice,
      I just set my Instant Pot for 15 minutes at High Pressure on manual release. Mine does not have those 3 levels that yours does. The Instant Pot website says the “Less, Normal, and More” are preset cooking times and temperatures. You have to allow time for the instant pot to get to temperature and pressure to build before it starts the 15 minute cooking time and allow time for the pressure to manually release. Some instant pots may take longer for this to occur than others. Hope this helps.

  8. Great recipe. I used brown long grain rice and it turned out perfect. I added some sumac, ground coriander, garlic powder, pepper and salt. 

  9. Just made this. Came out perfectly. I used medium grain brown rice and low sodium chicken broth. Followed all directions. Thank you for sharing! 

  10. I have an 8qt Instant Pot and I doubled the ingredients but kept the cooking time the same and my brown rice turned out great! All I added was some salt to the water and rice. I have a small rice cooker and decided to give my instant pot a try because I wanted to make a large batch of rice and was expecting this to be a potential blunder but surprisingly my rice came out better than it does in my (inexpensive) rice cooker. 

    Thank you for the awesome recipe!!

  11. Robyn, 
    I had to tell you this is the easiest and best recipe for brown rice ever!! This is the first recipe I ever made in my new instant pot and it was PERFECT!! I just followed your instructions and didn’t change anything and it was great! Thank you!!

    1. Paulette,
      I would recommend cooking the full recipe. You can then store the extra rice in the refrigerator in an airtight container up to a week in the refrigerator or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Hope this helps!

  12. I am a little baffled and hesitant to use this small amount of water. My organic brown rice package says use 1 cup of rice to 2 or 2 1/2 cups water and cook for 40-45 minutes then fluff. How can using twice the amount of rice not equate to an undercooked rice? Is it the fact it is done in a pressure cooker environment make the difference?

    1. Hi Richard,
      You don’t need as much water when cooking your rice in an Instant Pot. I have used this recipe hundreds of times and have always had perfectly cooked brown rice every time. Hope you enjoy!

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