How to Cook Brown Rice in Instant Pot

Chef Randy , On September 15, 2022

Brown rice has a mild nutty flavor and a brownish color even after cooking. The glycemic index of raw brown rice is 55 which is on the edge of the low GI range.

Level: Easy

Time: 45min

Serves: 5 People

Cost: Low

How to Cook Brown Rice In Instant Pot

Cooking brown rice vs white rice in instant pot is perfect for when you a need a healthy and easy brown rice recipe that won’t require any magic spells and is a bit different from a brown rice stove top recipe. Some instant pot rice cooker recipes have the option of cooking with pressure. For our brown rice instant pot recipe a budget-friendly rice cooker will suffice since we are using heat and steam to give the rice a fluffy texture. This brown rice recipe is perfect for a good source of carbohydrates to fuel your day and can be paired with a protein and veggie of your choice.

Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe Tools

  • Instant Pot

  • Strainer

  • Wood spoon

  • 1 cup measuring cup

  • 1 Tbsp measuring spoon

Easy Brown Rice Recipe

Measuring Cups for Water and Brown Rice.

Ingredients for This Easy Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe

  • 1 Cup Brown Rice

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp garlic granulated

  • Water

  • 1 tsp Olive Oil (optional)

Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Wash the rice under running water – this process removes excess starch, resulting in grains that are more separate when cooked. To rinse the rice, dump the rice in a strainer with a fine mesh. The fine mesh prevents the rice kernel from falling through the strainer but allows the water to flow through.

    Washing Rice Under Running Water

    Wash Brown Rice In Strainer Under Running Water.

  2. Pour one cup of brown rice into pot.

    Brown Rice to Water Ratio: For Every 1 Cup of Brown Rice add 2 Cups of Water.

    Pour Rice into Instapot for Cooking

    Pour Brown Rice into Insta Pot.

  3. Pour one cup of water into pot with 1tsp of salt and the seasonings of your choice (1tsp of granulated garlic for a garlicky taste) then close the lid. Cook for 40 minutes with the lid closed.

    Pour Water Into Pot

    Pour 1 Cup of Water Into Pot.

  4. Voilà ! Your healthy and tasty insta pot brown rice is cooked. Bon Appétit!

  5. Cooking Rice Recipe

    Cooking Rice Recipe

Suggestions For Our Brown Rice Recipe

Instant Pot Brown Rice Cooking Tip: Do Not Open the Instant Pot Lid During The Cooking Process! This would let the hot steam escape and changes cooking times. You will know your healthy brown rice recipe is almost done when steam begins to emerge from the vent of your instant pot.
What is the Water to Brown Rice Ratio? Use a 2 to 1 ratio. So, twice as much water as rice. Remember the rice will soak up much of the water so with too little water you will not obtain the right fluffy texture while with too much water your rice will be soggy.
Additions to our brown rice instant pot recipe: You can make dirty rice by adding ingredients like 1tsp of garlic or you can add some parsley leaves.
Serving suggestions for this brown rice instant pot recipe: Pair this with our easy lemon grilled chicken recipe, or if you prefer seafood – opt for the shrimp scampi recipe.

Chef Randy

After graduating from LeCordon Bleu at the top of his class Chef Randy dove head-first into a culinary career working in many top-tier restaurants including the Golden 1 Center Arena as a lead cook. He later owned and operated a mobile woodfired pizza concept where he championed whole and natural ingredients. Chef Randy is passionate about healthy food and developing relationships with local providers for true farm-to-fork food production.