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This Instant Pot Jasmine Rice recipe is an easy and fool-proof way to make a delicious pot of perfect, fragrant rice every single time!
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- Ingredients in Instant Pot Jasmine Rice
- Don’t Use the “Rice” Button
- Reheating Rice
- Instant Pot Rice Cooking Times (Chart)
- Tips for Making Jasmine Rice in the Instant Pot
- What Goes Well With Jasmine Rice?
- Curry Dishes to Serve with Jasmine Rice
- Jasmine Rice Flavor Variations
- Frequently Asked Questions about Instant Pot Jasmine Rice
- More Rice Recipes
- Instant Pot Jasmine Rice Recipe
This Instant Pot method for Jasmine Rice makes the best, fluffiest rice every time. I have tried stove top methods, rice cooker methods and even microwave methods, but none of them make the perfect Jasmine Rice like this recipe!
Ingredients in Instant Pot Jasmine Rice
- Jasmine Rice – Jasmine rice is a variety of long grain rice commonly used in Thai food and other cuisines of Southeast Asia. It is very fragrant and goes great with aromatic dishes like curries.
- Water – Filtered water is best for making rice. If you want to add more flavor to the rice, then use chicken broth or vegetable broth instead.
- Salt – The salt is optional – it just adds flavor to your rice.
Don’t Use the “Rice” Button
Don’t use the rice button on your Instant Pot or pressure cooker. The rice function may work well enough for white rice varieties but won’t work for any other variety. The “rice” function is programmed to “low” pressure and cooks for 12 minutes which gets the job done but tends to make the rice more sticky (in my opinion). Set your cooking time manually on high pressure for the times suggested above and your rice will simply turn out better.
You can store leftover rice in the fridge. It will stay good in the refrigerator for about a week. You can also store it in the freezer. My favorite way to use up leftover rice is to make fried rice, stir fry, or Mexican rice. I just heat a little oil in a skillet and toss the rice with some seasonings or other ingredients while heating. The oil keeps the rice from sticking together and gives it the perfect texture for these types of recipes. However, if I just want to reheat the rice as is, I simply heat it in the microwave. Sprinkle a little water over the rice and cover with a lightly damp paper towel. Then heat for 45 seconds at a time until hot, fluffing with a fork between each time.
Instant Pot Rice Cooking Times (Chart)
Here is an easy cheat sheet (below) that you can print off and store next to your Instant Pot. Simply right click on the image and click “Save Image As”. From there you can save the image and then open it on your desktop to print.
Tips for Making Jasmine Rice in the Instant Pot
- Rinse the Rice: Rinse the Jasmine rice thoroughly under cold water until the water runs clear. This step removes excess starch and prevents the rice from becoming too sticky.
- Use the Right Water-to-Rice Ratio: For perfect Jasmine rice, use a 1:1 water-to-rice ratio. For example, if you’re cooking 1 cup of rice, use 1 cup of water.
- Seasoning: Add a pinch of salt or a splash of olive oil to enhance the flavor of the rice.
- Avoid Overcooking: Be mindful of the cooking time to prevent overcooking the rice. Jasmine rice cooks quickly, usually in 3-4 minutes at high pressure.
- Natural Release: Allow the Instant Pot to naturally release the pressure for a few minutes after cooking to ensure the rice remains fluffy and evenly cooked.
- Fluff with a Fork: Once the cooking is complete, use a fork to gently fluff the rice to separate the grains and achieve the desired texture.
- Resting Time: After fluffing the rice, let it rest for a few minutes to allow any excess moisture to evaporate, resulting in a perfect, non-sticky rice.
- Adjust Seasonings: Feel free to customize the rice with your favorite herbs, spices, or seasonings to complement your main dish.
- Experiment with Flavor Varieties: Try different flavor variations, like adding coconut milk, saffron, ginger, or other spices, to create a unique and delicious rice dish. See more flavor suggestions below.
- Measure Accurately: Use measuring cups for both the rice and water to ensure precise measurements and consistent results.
What Goes Well With Jasmine Rice?
Jasmine rice is a versatile side dish that pairs beautifully with a wide variety of dishes. Its fragrant aroma and fluffy texture make it an excellent accompaniment to various dishes. Pair it with stir-fries, curries, and grilled chicken (or any meat) for a complete meal. Jasmine rice also complements seafood dishes, such as shrimp or fish, adding a mild balance to the bold flavors. Additionally, you can serve it alongside sautéed vegetables, tofu, or even in salads to elevate the overall dining experience. Whether you’re enjoying an Asian-inspired meal, a spicy Indian curry, or a simple grilled chicken, Jasmine rice adds a comforting and aromatic element that enhances any meal.
Curry Dishes to Serve with Jasmine Rice
Jasmine Rice Flavor Variations
There are lots of ways you can season your Instant Pot Jasmine Rice. Just add some of the flavors as mentioned below and cook in the Instant Pot as usual.
- Coconut Jasmine Rice: Combine 2 C. Jasmine rice, 1 (14 oz) can coconut milk, 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon sugar and a pinch of salt.
- Garlic-Herb Jasmine Rice: Sauté minced garlic and herbs like thyme, rosemary, or parsley in the Instant Pot. Add Jasmine rice, water, and a dash of olive oil, then cook as usual.
- Lemon-Ginger Jasmine Rice: Mix Jasmine rice, water, fresh lemon juice, and grated ginger in the Instant Pot.
- Cilantro-Lime Jasmine Rice: Add chopped cilantro and a splash of lime juice to the Instant Pot along with the Jasmine rice and water.
- Curry Infused Jasmine Rice: Toast curry powder with a little oil in the Instant Pot before adding Jasmine rice and water.
- Turmeric and Peas Jasmine Rice: Sauté ground turmeric and green peas in the Instant Pot in a little oil. Add Jasmine rice and water, then cook as usual.
- Spanish-Inspired Jasmine Rice: Sauté diced onions, garlic, and finely diced tomatoes in the Instant Pot. Combine with Jasmine rice, chicken broth, and a pinch of cumin.
Frequently Asked Questions about Instant Pot Jasmine Rice
The rice-to-water ratio always seems to be the biggest debate when cooking rice. When cooking rice on the stovetop or even in a rice cooker more water may be needed, but not with an Instant Pot. A 1:1 ratio of rice to water is perfect. Nothing more, nothing less. Remember, the rice is being pressure cooked so all that steam and water is staying inside the pot, not evaporating out. I also love this ratio because you can really use anything you want to measure. No measuring cups? No problem. Just use a mug or glass to measure equal measurements.
Rice can be so dirty and can be covered in excess starch and I believe rinsing is necessary. Rinsing doesn’t take that long and it is totally worth the extra step. I like submerging the rice in water in the Instant Pot pot/liner and agitating the rice with my hands. Then I drain off the water continually and repeat until the water runs clear. You can also put the rice in a fine mesh strainer and rinse until the water runs clear. Either way works. Just drain off all the excess water completely before adding the water for cooking.
I usually only like to fill my Instant Pot so it is about half full. This allows room for the rice to expand and also makes it so the water doesn’t sputter out too much before the Instant Pot seals. No matter the size of the Instant Pot or the amount of rice, the cooking time will remain the same.
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Instant Pot Jasmine Rice
- Instant Pot (or Pressure Cooker)
- 2 cups Jasmine rice
- 2 cups water
- salt to taste
- Place 2 cups of rice in the Instant Pot insert and cover with water. Agitate the rice with your hand and drain off the water. Repeat until water runs clear.
- Drain off all the water, then add 2 cups of water to the rice.
- Cover the Instant Pot with the lid and turn knob to the sealing position. Pressure cook on the Manual setting on high pressure for 4 minutes. Natural pressure release 10-12 minutes, then quick release by turning the valve to the venting position.
- Uncover and fluff rice with fork before serving.
- My favorite way to use up leftover rice is to make fried rice, stir fry, or Mexican rice. I just heat a little oil in a skillet and toss the rice with some seasonings or other ingredients while heating. The oil keeps the rice from sticking together and gives it the perfect texture for these types of recipes.
- It’s easy to give your rice a little flavor by switching out the water for broth and by adding a few easy ingredients such as finely chopped onion or garlic.
- Drain off all the excess water completely before adding the water for cooking.
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