This easy Instant Pot Jasmine Rice recipe lets you make perfect jasmine rice in the electric pressure cooker in just a few minutes. Serve it as a quick side dish or as part of your main dish!
This pressure cooker jasmine rice tastes exactly like the kind you get at your favorite Thai restaurant -- maybe even better. Once you learn to make rice in the Instant Pot, you won't want to make it any other way--not even in a rice cooker!
Jasmine rice was the very first recipe I made in my new Instant Pot. I actually chose to make it because I figured it would be easy enough, and it wouldn't be huge waste of time or money if I messed it up. I was completely new to the world of pressure cooking, and I wanted to play it safe.
I chose wisely. The rice was amazing, especially since I grew up on instant rice and never really mastered the art of cooking any other kind. The homemade pressure cooker version of jasmine rice was even better than what we got at our favorite Thai place!
At first, I followed the directions from the little recipe book that came with the Instant Pot. But then, I tweaked the basic recipe for Jasmine rice to make it even better. I like to serve this aromatic and very flavorful rice with Instant Pot Honey Curry Chicken, Salsa Verde Chicken, whole chicken, as well as in burrito bowls or burritos.
You only need a few ingredients for this Instant Pot jasmine rice recipe. You can get them online or in your grocery store:
- Jasmine rice
- Sea salt
- Olive oil
I use white jasmine long-grain rice for this recipe. While there is a rice setting on the Instant Pot, I don't use it, as it's less exact and sometimes results in mushy rice.
How to Make Jasmine Rice in the Instant Pot
Making rice in the Instant Pot is super easy-- no stirring or watching the pot needed. I definitely recommend rinsing it well before you add it to the pot, though.
I bought a big fine mesh strainer, which really helps, and the rice won't fall through.
Just measure the rice in a dry measuring cup, dump it in the strainer, and rinse it well with cold water.
My daughter is now in charge of this part -- She loves swirling the rice around under the water!
Next, I add the rinsed rice and a little salt to the pressure cooker. I also like to add some olive oil, too.
Rice to water ratio
I use a ratio of 1 part rice to 1 part water -- equal parts, or 1:1. Some recipes call for more water, but I think the texture is perfect when the ratio is equal -- not too dry, not too gooey.
It has just the right amount of sticky texture so the rice won't fall off of your fork.
How long do you cook jasmine rice in the electric pressure cooker?
The rice is done after cooking on high pressure for 4 minutes and a natural release of 10 minutes. And that's it, you guys! Perfect jasmine rice every time!
This jasmine rice Instant Pot recipe is for 2 cups of jasmine rice, but the cook time is the same for 3 cups of rice or 1 cup of rice. Oh, as bonus, your house will smell amazing. Think of it as a natural air freshener!
You can make various types of rice using the Instant Pot.
This recipe uses white jasmine rice, which is a type of long-grain white rice. You can make brown jasmine rice in the Instant Pot, but it will take longer to cook. Check out my Instant Pot perfect brown rice recipe if you want to try it out!
When cooking your rice, use broth instead of water, or a mixture of both, to add a bit of extra flavor.
Vegetable broth or chicken broth will work best. Don't worry, it won't detract from the natural flavor of the rice at all!
You can also use the basic pressure cooker rice recipe to make chicken and rice, teriyaki chicken and rice, kielbasa and rice, Mexican beef and rice and homemade dog food.
How to Store and Reheat
Store any leftover rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where it'll last for 4 to 5 days.
Pro tip: this delicious, fragrant jasmine rice is perfect for meal prep! Make a bunch, refrigerate it, and pull it out whenever you need a tasty side dish of any cuisine.
Do not leave rice sitting out at room temperature for more than an hour, for safety.
It is safe to reheat rice! If microwaving, add a little water if the rice is dry, and microwave until it's steaming hot or 165 degrees f.
Mix the rice around and heat in increments so that it's heated completely.
You can also steam or stir fry leftover rice over the stove. Just make sure it's piping hot!
Follow these tips to make perfect jasmine rice in the Instant Pot every time:
- Use a dry measuring cup to measure the rice evenly
- Use a fine-mesh strainer to rinse the rice before cooking
- Use a wet measuring cup to measure the water evenly
- Add a little olive oil or vegetable oil when cooking
- Remove rice and serve immediately after cooking
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Instant Pot Jasmine Rice
- 2 cups jasmine rice
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- Rinse the jasmine rice thoroughly in a fine-mesh strainer
- Add the rice to the inner pot of the pressure cooker, and sprinkle with sea salt
- Add the water, and swirl in the olive oil
- Cover with the lid, set the valve to sealing, and hit PRESSURE COOK for 4 minutes
- Allow a 10 minute natural release, then hit CANCEL, and turn valve to venting to release remaining pressure
- When pin drops, carefully open lid, stir rice, and serve
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
Recipe first published in 2018 and updated in 2022.
This Instant Pot rice is one of my absolute favorite recipes! It's never been easier to get perfect rice every single time!
After tasting this tasty, fluffy rice, I'm convinced that the Instant Pot is the best way to make jasmine rice! No more stove top for me!
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Sandy Lamb says
This recipe made the perfect rice for my Fried Rice recipe. (The only thing that I cange is the protein... Chicken, Pork, Shrimp,etc)
I make it a day before I make the fried rice and it has always (and I mean ALWAYS) turned out perfectly!
Thank you so much for a cooking method that will make me proud to serve my fried rice to my friends and family.
I've tried every rice cooking recipe out there and this is the one that I use and share with everyone.
Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Sandy. You just made my day!
I tried the recipes and my instant pot failed me. Didn’t reach pressure cook phase as I noticed steam leaking. I have a barely used seal. Reset the lid added a half cup of water, but then got the burn notice.
All in all, there was no water left. Rice was mostly done. Next time will use more water and contact the manufacturer about my lid not sealing properly.
So sorry to hear this. It definitely sounds like a problem with the seal if it never reached pressure.
What is the point of instapot having a "RICE" function - but nobody uses it!?!?!
Doesn't the function work?
So many articles on cooking something so simple, yet.... thousands of different opinions!
The Rice button is just a preset. You can use it, but using the custom time gives more accurate results.
I love this recipe! So easy and simple!
Thank you so much, Alejandra. I'm glad you like it!
Jenn Heisserer says
I have a slightly dumb question but am somewhat new to the instant pot game. When you set your high pressure settings and cook time, theres an option to "keep warm" on or off. Do you adjust this? It automatically is set to on if not changed. Thanks! Looking forward to trying this out tonight!
I usually turn the pot off after it's done. I find the rice tends to stick if it stays on keep warm, but maybe that's just me. Hope you like it!
beverly f kemp says
I add Italian seasoning to my rice
I have a question....why do all of the rice recipes never use the rice function on the pot?
I'm not sure about other people, but I personally find this timing makes perfectly cooked rice. 🙂
Gabrielle Alvarez says
Maybe a dumb question but when it says 4 minute cook time, is that 4 times minutes or 4 minutes after the instant pot starts its timer? I'm new to the pot and it's driving me a little crazy to wait 20+ minutes just for the "instant" part to start!
NOT a dumb question! 🙂 The cook time begins when the pot reaches pressure and starts counting down. Then, 10 minutes release. So, it's really not instant, but when you cook roasts and such, it's a lot faster this way.
Monica salinas says
I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. All the time I follow instructions. Never see count down and always had the FOOD BURN sign 😩even I add extra cup of water.
Hmm. It sounds like maybe a bad seal or faulty pot?
I had to always turn off the “keep warm” function for things not to burn/ stick. Hope this helps!
Love love love this recipe! I made it a couple months ago and loved it. Now it’s the only rice recipe I use! Turns out absolutely perfect every time. Plus the flavor is amazing!
I'm so happy to hear this, Ileana! Thank you for the sweet comment!
Pat Vita says
Absolutely perfect rice! Thank you!
So happy you liked the rice! Thank you!
Michelle Noll says
Love. Love. Love. This way to cook Jasmine Rice in the Instant Pot. It's perfect every time! I make a big batch every week.
Would love to see a perfect Instant Pot Brown Rice from you! I know it would be just as wonderful!
Thank you so much for the sweet compliment, Michelle! I'll work on getting a recipe for the brown rice up on the blog soon!
Michelle Noll says
I just saw the Brown Rice recipe! Super excited. (I took a wee little break from social grazing for a bit. My mind needed a break.) Thanks so much! Can’t wait to try it this weekend! Much food love to you! 💖