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Effortless Instant Pot Basmati Rice

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Make this super easy Instant Pot Basmati Rice in less than 10 minutes! You can get the perfect cooked rice in your electric pressure cooker. Don’t ever ask yourself again what to prepare as a side dish.

You can make a small or big batch of rice to pair with chicken like the sweet and sour chicken, it is also great with fish like this Mediterranean salmon recipe or even just with a flavourful ratatouille.

Cooking in the Instant Pot is a great time saver and it tastes delicious. Also, it is really a great option for busy weeknights or meal prep. Have you gotten yours yet? Although this may seem very simple and straight forward, if you are a new Instant Pot owner, you may wonder how to cook the perfect basmati rice.

How To Make Instant Pot Basmati Rice

The most important information you need to learn here is the rice and water ratio which is really simple to remember. For every cup of rice, you need a cup of water. That is all there is to it! So for 2 cups of basmati rice, you’ll need 2 cups of water! Finally, perfect Instant Pot rice with minimal cooking time.

Before your cook basmati rice, always rinse it twice before cooking it, discard the water.

Also, you”ll need to add salt to your water and I like using garlic salt. It adds a little flavour to your rice and can still be paired with any type of food like an Indian curry, a Chinese dish, or a French dish.

Now, in the inner pot, pour the rinsed rice, salt, and water, seal the lid of the pressure cooker. Press “pressure cook” and set it on high pressure. Program for a cook time of 8 minutes (for one cup water/one cup rice) and do not press anything else. The Instant Pot (IP) will beep to acknowledge the time selected and will start to build pressure. The 8 minutes will start then.

PRESSURE RELEASE: 2 ways

Once the 8 minutes are over, your IP will beep. Now, you can do a quick pressure release by pressing the quick-release button and the steam will come out of the valve. It is really hot, be careful.

If you don’t do this right away, your IP will go on ‘keep warm’ mode and start a natural pressure release. It takes longer but if you are doing something else, it is doing the job for you.

It’s ready to serve!

FAQ

Is Basmati rice the best rice?

It is one of the best choices, it is gluten-free and low in fat. It is also a personal preference and we love this type of rice!

Can I make a big batch of rice?

Of course, it’s a great idea if you like to cook ahead! Just use the ratio one for one.

Can I freeze the Basmati rice?

Absolutely, I do it all the time. If you are freezing a lot, I suggest to portion it and label it. When you decide to eat it, just thaw it out overnight in the fridge or a couple of hours on your counter.

Do you need to soak the rice before cooking it?

It is a personal preference. I find it to be an unnecessary step when cooking rice on the pressure cooker.

Other Instant Pot Recipes You’ll Love

Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

Instant Pot Bone Broth

Effortless Instant Pot Basmati Rice

Make this super easy Instant Pot Basmati Rice in less than 10 minutes! You can get the perfect cooked rice in your electric pressure cooker. Don’t ever ask yourself again what to prepare as a side dish.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Asian, Chinese, european, French
Keyword: basmati, instant pot, pressure cooker, rice
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Mélanie

Equipment

  • Pressure Cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 1 /2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  • Rinse the twice before cooking it, discard the water.
  • In the inner pot, pour the rinsed rice, salt, and water, seal the lid of the pressure cooker.
  • Press “pressure cook” and set it on high pressure. Program for a cook time of 8 minutes and do not press anything else. The Instant Pot (IP) will beep to acknowledge the time selected and will start to build pressure. The 8 minutes will start then.
  • Once the 8 minutes are over, your IP will beep. Now, you can do a quick pressure release by pressing the quick-release button and the steam will come out of the valve. It is really hot, be careful.
  • It’s ready to serve!

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