Instant Pot Brown Rice

Today we’re sharing a recipe for instant pot brown rice. The instant pot allows for a hands off approach that truly simplifies your dinner prep.

The instant pot makes brown rice that is incredibly better and easier than what you can make on the stove or even in a rice cooker.  Initially, we would make rice on the stove and then purchased a rice cooker.  We thought the rice cooker was the next best thing until we made rice in the instant pot.  Making brown rice in the instant pot is a total game changer. 

Brown rice in the instant pot makes fluffy and sticky rice.  It makes the perfect side to your dish or can be placed at the bottom of your plate or bowl to make a bed of rice.  It also makes the best sushi rice if that is what you are after.  Anyway you serve this rice, you won’t be disappointed.  Like just about everything you make in the instant pot, you will ask yourself….where has the instant pot been all my life?

What is all the hype about instant pot brown rice?

  1. It’s a hands off way to cook rice and you don’t have to babysit a pot on the stove.
  2. Makes fluffy and sticky rice.  
  3. Takes less than 5 minutes to prep and start the rice in the instant pot.

The Water to Rice Ratio

The water to rice ratio is an important aspect of cooking rice in your instant pot.  You need to measure both the water and rice to ensure you have precise measurements and your rice will turn out great every time. You can use chicken broth in place of water in this recipe for a more savory rice. We prefer a lower sodium broth if we do use this in place of water.

How long will instant pot brown rice last?

You can make rice ahead of time for a meal prep or batch cooking prep.  Rice does taste best when served right after cooking but it will keep for a couple of days if needed for future meals.  Refrigerate rice as soon as it cools within about one hour.  Use cooked rice within 2-3 days by reheating until steaming before serving.  Any uneaten rice can also be put into a freezer bag or container and frozen for future use.

Can this instant pot brown rice get any better?

This rice can easily be adapted for any recipe it is needed.  You can toast the rice slightly in oil or butter before cooking to give it a more flavor.  To do this you simply use the sauté function on your instant pot to toast the rice before adding the liquid and starting the cooking process.  You can also add spices, seasonings or herbs to help this rice go well with your dish.  Chili powder and cumin can be added to give it more of a Spanish rice taste.  Lime juice and cilantro can be added to your rice once it finishes for a cilantro lime rice.  You can also add a spoonful for coconut oil to your rice for extra health benefits.     

Instant Pot Brown Rice

The Instant Pot makes the perfect fluffy, sticky and delicious brown rice. With this hands off approach, you let your instant pot do all the hard work!

Author Sunup to Sundown


  • 2 cups long grain brown rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water or broth


  1. Place rice in a fine mesh strainer and rinse rice under cold water. Drain well.

  2. Pour the rice into your instant pot. Then add water or broth. Make sure all the rice is in the liquid and no rice is stuck to the sides of the instant pot.

  3. Close the instant pot lid and turn the steam valve to the sealing position.

  4. Set the instant pot to cook on manual for 22 minutes.

  5. When it beeps you will know that the cook time has completed. Allow your rice to naturally release for at least 10 minutes. Do not open the steam valve and leave it sealed for this natural release.

  6. After the 10 minute natural release, push the steam valve to the venting position to allow any additional pressure to be released.

  7. Once all the pressure has released, open your instant pot and fluff your rice.

  8. Serve rice immediately. Store any leftovers or rice for future meals in airtight containers. Once completely cooled, place rice into the refrigerator.

We encourage you to try this recipe for yourself.  You will love the way your rice turns out in the instant pot.  And don’t let your instant pot sit in the cupboard and get lonely!  We’d love to hear what you think about this recipe. Let us know in the comments below. Thank you for visiting Sunup to Sundown! Please subscribe, like or share this post with others who could benefit from it.

Please follow and like us:

One thought on “Instant Pot Brown Rice

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.