Perfect Instant pot brown rice — hooray! This brown rice, without rinsing, cooks up so perfectly — not mushy at all, chewy in texture, nicely al dente. It’s delicious on its own, but even better dressed with sesame, soy, mirin, and scallions. And even better when topped with an Instant Pot soft-boiled egg.

A bowl of perfectly cooked and seasoned Instant Pot brown rice.

A few weeks ago when a friend who had received an Instant Pot for Christmas texted me She had Melissa Clark’s Dinner in an Instant out from the library and had made “amazing” brown butter steel cut oats and Instant Pot hard-boiled eggs that peeled like a dream.

“Al,” she wrote, “I think you might enjoy hauling yours out while your kitchen is under renovation.”

And so I did.

I started first with hard-boiled eggs, which cooked for 5 minutes and, as promised, peeled like a dream. Inspired by this success, I made soft-boiled eggs, which cooked for 3 minutes, also peeled like a dream, and instantly made my morning toast so much better.

Inspired by this success, I made brown rice, which, without rinsing, cooked up so perfectly — not mushy at all, chewy in texture, nicely al dente.

I made brown rice three days in a row, which tasted delicious on its own, but even better dressed with sesame, soy, mirin, and scallions. I served it with roasted broccoli one night, crispy sesame-baked tofu and shiitake mushrooms another, and baked tofu with coconut kale on another. Instant pot soft-boiled eggs accompanied each bowl.

The past few days, I’ve shared the process on my Instagram stories, which has led a number of people to message me asking: should I get one?

Confession: In my heart of hearts, the idea of an Instant Pot does not excite me. I like to stand at my stove top. I like to shake my pots and pans.  I like the feeling of making a perfectly poached egg, a feat achieved after years of messing up, of over and under cooking many, of finally learning how to get it just right by touch and sight.

Does an Instant Pot take out all the joy (or is it suffering?) of cooking? Where’s the fun in a machine that makes the process foolproof?

To Buy an Instant Pot or Not?

  • If you have the space, go for it. It’s large and kind of an eyesore, but it packs away nicely, and it’s not heavy.
  • If you don’t have a rice cooker but have always wanted one, go for it. Perfectly cooked rice is such a treat, and if you have space for a rice cooker, you likely have space for an Instant Pot, which can do so many things (which I have yet to discover but when I do, I promise to share). The inner bowl, too, cleans incredibly well—way easier than a saucepan with a cooked layer of rice adhered to its insides.
  • If you’re deterred by the thought of getting one. more. gadget. consider that this one might replace your slow cooker and/or pressure cooker and/or yogurt maker.
  • “Instant” is misleading. The rice in total takes about 55 minutes to cook. It takes about 6 minutes for the Instant Pot to get up to pressure, 22 minutes to cook, and at least another 20 minutes for the valve to release naturally.
  • Soft-boiled eggs, too, require the Instant Pot to get up to pressure, then they cook for 3. They peel like a dream as do Instant Pot Hard-Boiled eggs.
  • Cost: The Instant Pot is not cheap, but it’s comparable in price to some rice cookers, and given all that it does, it may be worth the investment.

Question: Do you have an Instant Pot? Do you like it? Share your successes and failures below.

PS: The Instant Pot Miracle: One-Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Here’s how to make perfect Instant Pot brown rice: Into the pot place: 1.5 cups water, 1 cup brown rice, 3/4 tsp kosher salt.
An Instant Pot filled with water, salt and brown rice.

This is the rice I’ve been using:
A bag of Lundberg organic, short grain brown rice.

Set the Instant Pot for 22 minutes, high pressure. Once the 22 minutes is up, let the valve release on its own.
The Instant Pot set for 22 minutes.

Uncover to find perfectly cooked rice.
An uncovered Instant pot filled with perfectly cooked Instant Pot brown rice.

An uncovered Instant pot filled with perfectly cooked Instant Pot brown rice and a plastic spoon.

Slice some scallions:
A board with scallions and knife.

Add to the pot along with 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 2 teaspoons sesame oil, and 1 teaspoon mirin:
An uncovered Instant pot filled with perfectly cooked Instant Pot brown rice and scallions.

Toss to combine:
An uncovered Instant pot filled with perfectly cooked Instant Pot brown rice, scallions, and seasonings all tossed together.

Drizzle with Sriracha, if you wish, and eat:
A bowl of perfectly cooked and seasoned Instant Pot brown rice drizzled with Sriracha.

Or, nestle it under crispy sesame-baked tofu and shiitake mushrooms and top it with a perfectly cooked soft-boiled egg.
Two bowls of perfectly cooked Instant Pot brown rice topped with soft-boiled eggs.

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A bowl of perfectly cooked and seasoned Instant Pot brown rice.

Perfectly Cooked & Seasoned Instant Pot Brown Rice


  • Author: Alexandra Stafford
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 2.5 cups

Description

Adapted from: Ground Leaf

I have this 6-qt Instant Pot, which is important only because the size of the pot may affect the timing. These instructions work perfectly for my Instant Pot every time.


Ingredients

for the rice:

  • 1 cup short grain brown rice, I’ve been using Lundberg organic
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt

for the dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon mirin
  • 3 scallions finely sliced

Instructions

1. Place all ingredients the inner pot of your Instant Pot.

2. Secure lid in place. Turn valve to Sealing.  Select manual, high pressure, and adjust the time to 22 minutes.

3. When the time has lapsed, allow the pressure to release naturally, which is when the silver button on the lid drops. Remove lid and dress with the soy sauce, sesame oil, mirin, and scallions. Toss to combine. Taste and adjust as needed.


  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: Instant Pot, brown, rice, Asian, seasoned, perfect