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Cooked Brown rice in a white bowl with a fork
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5 from 2 votes

Instant Pot Brown Rice

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Meal Preparation, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown rice
Servings: 4
Calories: 171kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 cups brown rice
  • 1 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons kosher salt optional

Instructions

Pot in Pot Method – Works best when cooking less than 1.5 cups of brown rice:

  • Rinse 1 cup of brown rice 2 to 3 times under running water. Drain well and add to a stainless steel bowlalong with 1 1/4 cup of water and salt.
  • Add 1 cup of water to the main Instant Pot insert. Place the stainless steel bowl with rice on the trivet and then carefully place the trivet in the Instant Pot.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid with pressure release handle to sealing. Set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook (Hi) for 22 minutes.
  • Allow 10 minutes of natural pressure release. Release any remaining pressure by moving the pressure release handle to venting and open the Instant Pot. Take the inner stainless pot and the trivet out using heat resistant mitts. Gently fluff the brown rice with a fork or silicone spatula.

Main Pot Method – Works best when cooking more than 1.5 cups of brown rice:

  • Place 2 cups brown rice in a wire mesh strianer and rinse 2 to 3 times. Drain the brown rice.
  • Add drained rice to the Instant Pot insert. Add 2 1/2 cups of water, salt and make sure all the brown rice is evenly submerged under water.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid with pressure release handle to sealing. Set the Instant Pot to Pressure Cook (Hi) for 20 minutes.
  • Allow 10 minutes of natural pressure release. Release any remaining pressure by moving the pressure release handle to venting and open the Instant Pot. Gently fluff the brown rice with a fork or silicone spatula.

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Notes

Notes to add more flavor to cooked brown rice:
  • Use broth instead of salt and water to cook the rice
  • Saute a small onion in some oil and then add the rice, water and salt
  • Toast the rice in oil on saute mode for 1 to 2 minutes 

Nutrition

Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 588mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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