Brown Rice Medley in the Instant Pot

Cooked Mixed Grain Rice

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. Β 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. Β Most guides call for a 22 minute cook time if you live at a lower elevation. Β 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!! Β πŸ™‚

Some rice additions you might want to try: Lundberg Organic Wild Rice, Lundberg Organic Burgandy Red Rice, and Lundberg Black Japonica Rice.

And if you don’t have an Instant Pot, check out my post on how wonderful they are! Β πŸ™‚

Happy cooking!


Brown Rice Medley in the Instant Pot

It's super easy to cook rice in the Instant Pot! It's even better when you mix a couple of kinds of rice together before cooking. Try adding red rice, wild rice, black rice or some of each to the brown rice. YUM!
Course Side Dish
Appliances Instant Pot
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Tina


  • 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


  1. 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!
  2. Add brown rice to make one cup total of rice.
  3. Wash the rice in a strainer.
  4. Add the rice to the Instant Pot.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. Stir, add a heaping spoonful of love and serve. YUM!
  9. Here's a photo with several kinds of rice added.
  10. 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.....
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. For cooking LONG grain brown rice (soaked) see the notes below! πŸ™‚

Recipe Notes

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. Β (Again, I live at a high elevations so it will probably take you less time) Β πŸ™‚ Β The Manual function also works for cooking rice! Β πŸ™‚ Happy Cooking!

13 thoughts on “Brown Rice Medley in the Instant Pot

  1. Looks great, thank you for the time you put into this. I just got my IP and haven’t made rice yet.

    1. Hi Cheryl~ I appreciate your post letting me know that my recipes are helpful for you! Have fun with your IP! I use mine at least twice a day!! πŸ™‚

  2. I use this recipe all the time! I have books and guess but I like this post best when making rice. πŸ™‚ thank you!

  3. Awww…..Lauren, thank you for taking the time to let me know that this recipe has been helpful to you! I really appreciate it! πŸ™‚

    Recently, I’ve been cooking a long grain brown rice medley (with red rice added) and have found that long grain rice takes a bit longer to cook and requires a bit more water than short grain brown rice. So I added those instructions to the end of the recipe.

    Happy cooking!!

    1. I have not yet tried the manual mode for rice. I will have to try it sometime! If you try it, let me know how it goes!

  4. Rice is one of the few things I don’t make in the InstantPot, mostly because I use the InstantPot for something else while the rice cooks on the stove.

    That said, I cook my rice like pasta – put some water in a pot, bring to a boil, add in a handful or two of rice (doesn’t matter how much as long as the water more than covers the rice – same as pasta) and let it boil. After the rice has boiled for as long as it would in a rice cooker I start to sample some to see if its cooked enough. For example: with parboiled I would check at 15 minutes or so. When the rice is “al dente” when I sample some, I drain the water/rice in a strainer and let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes. It works well and I never have to get the correct ratio of water to rice (no matter the kind of rice) and it never sticks to the bottom of the pot.

    That said, my method would never allow me to mix the different types of rice as the cooking time is different between say, parboiled and wild rice. My question is (yes there is a question πŸ™‚ ) does the instant pot overcome that or do you only mix types of rice that have similar cook times?

    1. Hi Crazy Jake~ I haven’t tried cooking rice via the pasta cooking method. I hear that is one way to reduce the arsenic content of the rice prior to eating it. I guess I’m just really spoiled with the Instant Pot and not having to pay attention to what’s cooking in it once the pot has come up to pressure. πŸ™‚

      I also try to reduce the arsenic content of my rice by soaking it in water prior to cooking. I often soak it over night, then rinse and drain it, then cook it in fresh water.

      I pretty much always mix red rice and long grain brown rice together. It cooks at the same time and is delicious! I have used wild rice on occasion too, mixed with brown rice, but not with parboiled rice. I have noticed that short grain rice cooks at a different amount of time than long grain brown rice. (Long grain brown rice takes longer to cook than short grain brown rice.) I haven’t tried parboiled rice so I can’t answer your question! Let me know what you learn when you try it!

      One way I’ve solved the problem of having lots of things to cook in the Instant Pot, is I’ve bought a second stainless steel inner pot and a glass lid. That has simplified things a LOT. I can take out something I’ve finished cooking (eg beans or rice), cover that pot with the glass lid and set it aside. I can then cook my next item (eg: vegetables or sweet potatoes or soup).

      With two pots I can cook a lot of things. I don’t have to wash out a pot right away to cook the second item, and I can even put a pot of beans in the refrigerator until the next day and still have a pot to cook with. Here’s my post on cooking with 2 inner pots and a glass lid.

      Happy cooking! πŸ™‚

  5. Wow. Quick response! thx

    You should try the pasta method of rice cooking sometime. A handful of brown basmati cooked that way leaves the nicest nutty aroma in the air.

    I will try a mixed rice sometime and see what happens although I suspect the range in cook time will be a problem depending on the rice, but brown and wild sounds nice.

    As to the inner pot, I’ve only seen the inner pot that seems to be the same size as the originial one (and will not nest inside). I’ve looked at your links and done an amazon search… same results. Any idea where I could find the one in you picture?

    1. Hi Again Jake! You caught me at a time when I’m on my computer, hence the quick response. πŸ™‚

      The second inner pot I bought is the same size as the one that came with my Instant Pot. You want the same size as what came with your IP as that is what fits in it and can be used to cook in. Anything smaller or larger won’t work!!

      Check what size Instant Pot you own and buy that size inner pot. Amazon carries some items and here is a link to the Instant Pot website:

      The only regret I have is that I didn’t buy the second inner pot and glass lid sooner!! They are well worth having!

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