I love cooking rice in the Instant Pot. Once I start it, I don’t think about it until it’s done. It’s really nice to not be checking on it, like I did when I cooked rice on the stove.
I cook short grain brown rice 99% of the time. Rarely do I cook white rice, because I love the chewy texture of short grain brown rice. But, what I like even better is to add just a bit of red rice, or wild rice, or black rice to the brown rice and cook the mixture. YUM! (For info on cooking long grain brown rice see Notes section below.)
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When I cook only brown rice in the Instant Pot I use 1 cup brown rice, 1 1/2 cups water, and if I use salt, I use 3/8 to 1/2 teaspoon. I use the Multigrain function and cook it for 26 minutes. I live at 7000 feet so it always takes me longer to cook at this elevation. Most guides call for a 22 minute cook time if you live at a lower elevation. If I’m in a hurry, I wait at least 5 minutes for the natural pressure release then release the rest of the pressure carefully. Usually, I’m not in a hurry so I just let the pressure release naturally.
I’ve found that I REALLY like to add other rices to the brown rice before cooking. It looks more interesting and tastes awesome too! Try it, I think you will like it as well!! 🙂
And if you don’t have an Instant Pot, check out my post on how wonderful they are! 🙂
Brown Rice Medley in the Instant Pot
- 2-4 tablespoons red, wild or black rice
- 3/4 cup (or more) short grain brown rice
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon water
- 3/8 to 1/2 teaspoon sea salt optional
Put as much (2 to 4 tablespoons) of the red, wild or black rice that you want to use into a one cup measuring cup. Of course you can use all three kinds if you want to!
Add brown rice to make one cup total of rice.
Wash the rice in a strainer.
Add the rice to the Instant Pot.
Add 1 1/2 cups water plus an extra 1 tablespoon water. Add salt if desired. Stir. Check the sides of the pot and make sure all the rice is pushed down into the water.
Select the Multigrain function and your time. I use 27 minutes because I live at a high altitude (7000 feet). I would suggest 23 minutes for most cooking times at a lower elevation.
When done, allow for at least a 5 minute natural pressure release. Then release the pressure slowly. I'm usually not in a hurry so I usually let the pressure release naturally (takes about 15 minutes).
Stir, add a heaping spoonful of love and serve. YUM!
Here's a photo with several kinds of rice added.
This makes anywhere from 1 3/4 cups cooked rice to 2 3/4 cups cooked rice. I think it depends on how long the rice sits in the Instant Pot after it is finished cooking.....
And now for SOAKED rice.... Someone asked me about cooking soaked rice in the IP so I just tried it. I soaked 3 tablespoons red rice plus enough brown rice to fill a one cup measuring cup in lots of water overnight.
This morning I rinsed the rice. I put the rice in the IP along with 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons water and 3/8 tsp sea salt.
I cooked the rice using the Multigrain function for 20 minutes (7 minutes less than my usual cooking time). I allowed for 15 minutes natural pressure release.
It turned out great! So if you like cooking soaked grains, give this a try! Just cut about 7 minutes off your cooking time and enjoy!
For cooking LONG grain brown rice (soaked) see the notes below! 🙂
I have found that LONG grain brown rice takes longer to cook than short grain brown rice (which is what this recipe was based on). Soaked long grain brown rice requires 1 1/3 cups water for cooking and I cook it for 24 minutes. (Again, I live at a high elevations so it will probably take you less time) 🙂 The Manual function also works for cooking rice! 🙂 Happy Cooking!