Make perfect, fluffy Instant Pot Parboiled Rice using the correct water to rice ratio and timing with this recipe. Parboiled rice turns out with great texture and doneness when pressure cooked using this pot-in-pot method.
To many beginner Instant Pot users, making rice can be an intimidating process. You've probably had numerous people tell you about how they always get the burn notice when pressure cooking rice, but making rice in your Instant Pot is incredibly simple especially if using parboiled rice and the pot-in-pot method.
Parboiled white rice cooks more easily when under pressure than traditional white rice. There is no rinsing required and because it is partially cooked already, it's not likely to become sticky or mushy.
When pressure cooked for only 4 minutes with the correct water to rice ratio and then given about 15 minutes to naturally release the pressure, parboiled rice will turn out with the perfect firm, yet fluffy texture.
All you need to make parboiled rice in your Instant Pot is extra long grain white parboiled rice and water. Don't forget a silicone sling or trivet and an 8 inch cake pan or other oven-safe bowl if using the pot-in-pot method.
Seasonings For Parboiled Rice
Seasonings are optional and recommended once you're comfortable with pressure cooking rice. I usually use chicken broth in place of water and simple seasonings like garlic powder and parsley when making rice for meal prepping.
Water To Rice Ratio For Pressure Cooking Parboiled Rice
1 cup rice : 1 ¼ cup water
2 cups rice : 2 ½ cups water
3 cups rice : 3 ¾ cups water
1 cup dry white rice = 3 cups cooked rice
2 cups dry white rice = 6 cups cooked rice
3 cups dry white rice = 9 cups cooked rice
Why Use The Pot-In-Pot Method?
In certain pressure cookers, rice (and other finicky foods) cooked directly in the inner pot can sometimes burn or stick to the bottom of the pot. This is because the heating element is directly below the inner pot so it will be the hottest part. There are many factors that can cause this to happen. User error, such as not using too little water or setting the pressure cooker for too long, can cause this to happen. Other factors, such as age of the pot, brand, and faulty pressure cookers might be the cause.
But when using the pot-in-pot method, only water meant to pressurize the pot is placed in the inner pot, with all other ingredients put into a pan or other oven-safe bowl. Because there is no food placed in the inner pot, it cannot burn on the heating element making the pot-in-pot method for cooking rice a sure fire way to never burn your rice in an Instant Pot!
Of course you can pressure cook parboiled rice directly in the inner pot. You are more likely to have good results than you are to burn your rice if following this recipe and method exactly as written.
STEP 1: Place the cake pan on the silicone sling. Add 1 cup parboiled white rice, 1 ¼ cups water, and a pinch of salt to the cake pan. Stir.
STEP 2: Pour the recommended amount of water for your size pressure cooker into the inner pot. Put the silicone sling and cake pan into the inner pot. (If you're cooking the rice directly in the inner pot rather than using PIP, put the water, rice and salt into the pot.)
STEP 3: Close and seal the lid. Set to pressure cook (or manual) on high for 4 minutes. When pressure cooking is complete, allow the pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes, then quickly release any remaining pressure.
STEP 4: Remove the pressure cooker lid and lift out the silicone sleeve using oven mitts. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.
What To Serve With Rice
White rice is versatile and makes a great addition to many different main dishes. It can be used in other recipes and in a variety of ways. Here are some delicious suggestions for using pressure cooked parboiled rice.
- To make Instant Pot fried rice
- Served with Instant Pot shredded Mexican beef and black beans
- As the base for crockpot pepper steak or tasty beef and broccoli
- With air fried maple glazed salmon, pecan crusted chicken tenders and 2 ingredient teriyaki chicken
- To make a garlicky shrimp rice bowl
- Served with pressure cooked stuffed peppers or stuffed cabbage
- Mixed in with air fried kielbasa, peppers and onions
- Serve it with Instant Pot jalapeño cheddar chicken
- Add to soups, like stuffed pepper soup, cabbage soup, and cauliflower soup
- Use extra long parboiled white rice with this recipe's timing and water to rice ratio.
- Always let the pressure naturally release when cooking rice to avoid sticky or undercooked rice.
Any size pressure cooker can make at least 1 cup of rice.
An 8 inch cake pan or oven-safe bowl should fit in all size Instant Pots but a 3 quart.
Yes. Make sure to rinse the rice first until the water runs clear to remove the starch that can cause it to become sticky.
Store cooked rice in the fridge for up to 7 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Defrost overnight in the fridge and reheat in the microwave for 60-90 seconds.
Instant Pot Parboiled Rice
- 1 cup parboiled white rice
- 1 ¼ cups water
- pinch of salt
- Place the cake pan on the silicone sling. Add 1 cup parboiled white rice, 1 ¼ cups water, and a pinch of salt. Stir.
- Pour the recommended amount of water for your size pressure cooker into the inner pot. Put the silicone sling and cake pan into the inner pot. Close and seal the lid.
- Set to pressure cook (or manual) on high for 4 minutes. When pressure cooking is complete, allow the pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes, then quickly release the remaining pressure.
- Remove the pressure cooker lid and lift out the silicone sleeve using oven mitts. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.