Instant Pot Brown Rice Recipe (Basmati and Jasmine)

a bowl of cooked brown basmati rice.

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Learn to how make perfectly cooked Instant Pot brown rice with this easy to follow recipe and helpful cooking tips. Choose either brown basmati rice or brown jasmine rice, both will turn out fluffy and perfectly cooked

Total Instant Pot Cooking Time: 8 minutes to reach pressure + 22-23 minutes cooking time + 10 minute natural release = 40 minutes


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  • 2 cups brown basmati rice or brown jasmine rice (or any variety of long grain brown rice)
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)


  1. Rinse the rice briefly under running water. 
  2. Combine brown rice, water and salt in the Instant Pot. 
  3. Mix well to make sure the rice isn't sticking to the bottom of the pot. 
  4. Secure the lid and choose a cooking time.
    Brown jasmine rice: 22 minutes
    Brown basmati rice: 23 minutes
  5. Let the pressure release naturally (about 10 minutes)
  6. Gently fluff the cooked rice with a fork and serve. 


When using an Instant Pot, the best water-to-rice ratio for brown rice is 1 1/4 cups water for every 1 cup of rice. This ratio yields rice that is tender, moist and fluffy with a little bit of chewiness. If you'd like a slightly drier and chewier texture, then use a 1:1 ratio (1 cup water for every 1 cup of rice.)

You can halve this recipe (1 cup rice + 1 1/4 cup water) but don't cook any less than 1 cup. The rice won't turn out as well. 

You can also double this recipe (4 cups rice + 5 cups water) but don't cook any more than that, or the rice won't turn out as well. 

One cup of rice makes about 3 cups of cooked brown rice. 

Brown rice stays moist and fluffy for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. To reheat brown rice, use a microwave in 25 second intervals. If the rice seems dry, add 1 tablespoon of water and heat the rice with a loose cover. 

Brown rice also freezes well, either in a freezer-safe bag or container. To defrost frozen rice, simply leave it in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.

This recipe was tested in a 6-quart Instant Pot

Keywords: instant pot brown rice, pressure cooker brown rice, instant pot brown basmati rice, instant pot brown jasmine rice