HOW TO COOK PERFECT JASMINE RICE IN AN ELECTRIC PRESSURE COOKER
How To Make Jasmine Rice In An Instant Pot In 2021
One of the best benefits of a pressure cooker like an instant pot, ninja foodie or other brands is that cooked rice is easy to make – perfectly every time. You can also use a pressure cooker to make yellow turmeric rice.
Cooking rice can be hard if you have not developed your own system and many cultures have slightly different ways and preferences.
You also need to take into account some other facts like
- your height above sea level (affects pressure) your location
- local water and its hardness
- rice age and dryness
these factors all influence the results you get.
Check out our step by step video here.
Want to reheat cooked rice – see our methods here.
So how do you make perfect jasmine rice?
How to – cooking jasmine rice – The answer is: use a 1:1 ratio of water-to-rice for your pot method. But first, make sure you have rinsed your uncooked rice before adding it to the Instant Pot to clean the white jasmine rice and get rid of all the excess starch so you do not end up with sticky rice.
Chefs Tip For Fluffy Jasmine Rice
Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil ( or similar – so people like sesame oil or olive oil)
Instant Pot Pressure Cooker – Fluffy Jasmine Rice
Choose the “Pressure Cook” and high pressure – manual setting and cook the rice for 5 minutes and a 10 minutes natural release of pressure and you should be done – take the rice paddle and stir and fluff up the rice and put it in a bowl.
Depending on the rice grain you may need to adjust the cooking time slightly.
Also, other sorts of rice will be different
- Basmati rice: 5-8 minutes
- Brown rice (long and short) much longer rice setting of 20-25 minutes
Instant Pot 1:1 Perfect Rice Recipe
Measure out your dry rice, we are using 2 cups in this example – you can put it directly into the inner pot, or put it into a strainer as you need to wash it first.
Wash the rice well to remove the excess starch and use cold water. Transfer the washed rice to the instant pot bowl or inner pot.
Measure out the same amount of water, (use the same container or cup you used to measure the rice – then add it to Instant Pot’s inner pot.
Make sure you stir the rice to mix with the water.
Add a pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil (optional) but it makes the Jasmine Rice nice and fluffy. Make sure you stir well to mix these in.
Make sure the inner pot is dry on the outside and into the base, Close the lid, make sure the steam release is in the “Seal” position.
Select your pressure cooking time or 5 minutes (2 cups rice – 2 cups water)
Do a natural release (NR) for 10 minutes and check then push the release steam button to make sure all the pressure has gone. When the float valve has dropped down you can open your Instant Pot, then fluff rice, and serve your perfect rice.
We have tried this method about 20 times and it has not failed – and it does make the perfect rice. Remember everyone has a slightly different and you make need to vary the cooking time by one minute. Also if you live at a little altitude even 1000 ft there will be a slight time adjustment.
Why does this work rice cooking method work?
The reason the 1:1 ratio works well is that jasmine or long-grain white rice needs to absorb the same amount of water when they are cooking.
Why does the electric pressure cooker need such a small amount of water to cook the perfect rice?
Normal cooking in a pot – or even a slow cooker you have probably used a lot more water when you cook rice, however, a regular pot lets lots of steam escape so you lose quite a bit of water to evaporation. The Instant Pot is a completely sealed pressure cooker, and almost no water is lost- that is why you need less water in a pressure cooker.
Almost everyone finds the 1:1 ratio produces the perfect fluffy rice. To make the rice wetter and softer you could add a little bit more (not much) than the 1 cup of water per 1 cup of dry rice.
Do I have to rinse the rice first?
For this perfect recipe, yes. Rinsing rice removes starch and also wets the rice – that is why you just need the 1: ratio.
Exactly how long do I cook the rice in a pressure cooker?
Unless you are cooking at altitude or you are cooking a very large amount of rice stick to the rice recipe above. If you have a full rice load you may need to add a few extra minutes to the cooking time.
How Do I Know My Rice Is Cooked When I Open My Pressure Cooker?
The best way is to taste a sample but also the sim is to stop cooking when all the water has been absorbed by the rice. When you open the cooker, stir with the paddle and if there is still unabsorbed water in the inner pot, then you may need to put the lid on and cook it for 1-2 more minutes.
Why Use Natural Pressure Release?
Using natural pressure release helps stop the rice from sticking to the bottom of the inner pot.
Why is my rice sticking to the bottom!
Firstly make sure you did not do a Quick Release? To stop the rice sticking you need to let the pressure go down with Natural Release.
Secondly, ensure the “Keep Warm” button is set to off. The “Keep Warm” function over time will continue to cook the rice slowly and probably make it stick to the bottom.
Do I have to use water?
You can also use chicken broth (clear) for instant pot jasmine rice if you want some extra flavor. The method is for 1:1 liquid -to-rice, I have also used a little coconut milk mixed in with the water this gives a nice variation. See our yellow rice recipe.
So to answer the question – you can substitute some or all of the water you use for another liquid.
Also, other top tips for fragrant rice is to use kaffir lime – just a little or normal lime juice, mirin, or even ketchup manis soy sauce.
Garnish with diced cilantro, green onions or butter parsley is great also.
Do you need to add salt or butter to rice?
No, you do not, but it does add taste and make the rice a little more fluffy – just like our oil tip above. The salt you can add according to your taste.
The Instant Pot Rice Program Button
How do you use the rice setting on your instant pot? If you’re using parboiled rice or long grain white rice, then use the “Rice” Smart Program. This function button automatically adjusts the time based on the volume of rice you add.
What are the benefits of making jasmine rice in the instant pot?
First – perfect rice with 1:1 rice method in the instant pot. Secondly – you do not have to watch the pot – you can get on with another job – or prep the other part of your evening meal and the jasmine rice is most likely a side dish.
What’s the correct water to rice ratio for perfect instant pot jasmine rice?
The correct jasmine rice ratio is one to one. That is one cup of rice to one cup of water.
How do you cook 2 cups of rice in the instant pot?
The same recipe but add 2 cups of water to the recipe above.
What are some ways to season jasmine rice?
The best way to season jasmine rice in an instant pot is to use a little butter or oil plus a pinch of salt – added before cooking.
Should I rinse the jasmine rice before cooking?
Yes, you should rinse – because it removes the starch and wets the rice.
Jasmine Rice Instant Pot
- 2 cups cold water
- 2 cups jasmine rice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil optional
- Measure your dry rice, we are using 2 cups in this example - you can put it directly into the inner pot, or put it into a strainer as you need to wash it first.
- Wash the rice well to remove the excess starch and use cold water. Transfer the washed rice to the instant pot bowl or inner pot.
- Water Measure out the same amount of water, (use the same container or cup you used to measure the rice - then add it to Instant Pot's inner pot. Make sure you stir the rice to mix with the water. Also make sure the inner pot is dry on the outside and put into the base,
- Seasoning Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (optional) - stir well and close the lid, make sure the steam release is in the "Seal" position.
- Pressure Cook Select your pressure cooking time or 5 minutes (2 cups rice - 2 cups water)
- Release Do a natural release (NR) for 10 minutes and check then push the release steam to make sure all the pressure has gone. When the float valve has dropped down you can open your Instant Pot, then fluff rice, and serve your perfect rice.