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Instant Pot Basmati Rice

Make perfect Instant Pot Basmati Rice for a delicious and fast side dish.
a bowl of instant pot basmati rice topped with parsley
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Make perfect Instant Pot Basmati Rice for a fast side dish that the whole family will love! Made in a flash in a pressure cooker, this delicious rice is great for meal prep and it pairs well with so many dishes.

a bowl of instant pot basmati rice topped with parsley

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Basmati rice in the Instant Pot is the perfect recipe for anyone new to pressure cooking. You’ll get perfect results every time and you’ll love that you don’t need to babysit a pot on the stove.

Want more Instant Pot rice dishes? Check out our popular Garlic Butter Rice, Instant Pot Jasmine Rice, Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice, Instant Pot Brown Jasmine Rice, Instant Pot Sushi Rice, and Instant Pot Coconut Rice.

If you are new to pressure cooking and the Instant Pot, check out this post on easy Instant Pot recipes for beginners. We cover all the terms and steps you’ll need to feel comfortable with your new pressure cooker.

What is Basmati Rice?

Basmati rice is a delicious type of long-grain rice that doesn’t plump up when it is cooked. It is traditionally paired with Indian and South Asian dishes.

It’s perfect with dishes like Air Fryer Orange Chicken, Instant Pot Teriyaki BeefAir Fryer Tofu, Mung Bean Coconut Curry, Instant Pot Beef Tips and Gravy, or Instant Pot Orange Chicken


For this recipe, we use only a few ingredients:

  • White basmati rice
  • Stock/broth, or water
  • Olive oil (optional)
  • Salt

This recipe calls for the optional addition of oil, ghee, or melted butter. If you saute the rinsed rice in a bit of fat before cooking, it helps separate the grains after cooking and adds lots of flavor.

A fun way to add lots of extra flavor to your rice is to saute aromatics in the oil prior to starting the instant pot. We love throwing in frozen minced garlic, but the sky is the limit for additions.

What is the water-to-rice ratio for basmati rice?

No matter how long you cook it, and how much rice you make, keep a 1:1 ratio of rice to liquid. For every 1 cup of rice you use, you’ll need 1 cup of broth or water.

So if you’re asking yourself “how much water do I need for 2 cups of basmati rice”, it would be 2 cups of water and 2 cups of basmati rice.

Exception: If you do not pre-rinse the rice, add an additional 1/4 cup of liquid per 1 cup of rice when cooking.


I’ll walk you through it with some tips and tricks and photos, and you’ll find a printable recipe card at the bottom of the post with exact measurements and cooking times.

Rinse the uncooked rice in a fine-mesh strainer under cool water until the water runs clear.

Combine it with the stock/broth or water, olive oil, and salt in the Instant Pot. Give it a good stir and then put the lid on.

Set the Instant Pot to manual high pressure and cook for 4-6 minutes depending on your preferred texture for rice.

When the rice has finished cooking, allow the Instant Pot to sit for 10 minutes before releasing any additional pressure using the vent on the lid. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.

2 photos showing how to make basmati rice in an instant pot


Depending on how you like your rice, 4-6 minutes works best. If you like firmer rice, 4 minutes is perfect. Want something a little softer, then 6 minutes is your best bet.

I find 5 minutes makes the perfect texture every single time.


The pot-in-pot cooking method produces the same texture as cooking the rice directly in the Instant Pot. But a side benefit is that it’s cooked in a serving dish that you can put directly on the table (along with a hot pad/trivet).

You’ll need: a glass bowl (like this Pyrex) or a stainless steel insert, and a wire trivet (hint: most pressure cookers come with them).

Place 3 cups of water in the insert of your Instant Pot and add the trivet. Mix your rice, water/broth, oil, and salt in a glass bowl. Cook following the timing noted in the recipe card below.

3 photos showing how to make pot in pot rice in an instant pot


  • The cooking time will remain the same no matter how much rice you make. The more rice you make, the longer the Instant Pot will take longer to come up to pressure.
  • Each cup of uncooked rice will yield three cups of cooked rice.
  • Do not use the cup markings on the inside of the Instant Pot to measure your dry rice or water. Use a dry ingredient cup for the rice and a liquid measuring cup for the water/broth.
  • With a stainless steel Instant Pot insert, some rice will stick to the bottom and sides after cooking. Simply soak the insert in warm water for a bit and then clean it as usual.
  • For Instant Pot basmati brown rice, you’ll need to add an extra 1/8 cup of water/broth and cook for 19 minutes with a 10-minute natural release.
  • I love using broth/stock in place of water. Check out these posts on How to Make Chicken Bone BrothTurkey Bone Broth, and Where to Buy Bone Broth for inspiration.
  • Make sure to turn the Instant Pot off once it has finished cooking. This will prevent the rice in the pot from scorching while you wait for the pot to depressurize.
a bowl of basmati rice topped with parsley
a bowl of instant pot basmati rice topped with parsley
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Instant Pot Basmati Rice

Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Pressurizing/Depressurizing17 minutes
Total Time24 minutes
Make perfect Instant Pot Basmati Rice for a delicious and fast side dish.


  • 2 cups basmati rice {uncooked}
  • 2 cups water {or broth}
  • 1 tsp salt {optional}
  • 1 tsp olive oil, butter, or ghee {optional}


  • Rinse uncooked rice in a fine-mesh strainer under cool water until the water runs clear. (about ~2 minutes)
    2 cups basmati rice
  • {optional} In the insert of the Instant Pot, add oil/butter/ghee and rinsed rice, and cook on saute for a 1 minute, stirring often.
    1 tsp olive oil, butter, or ghee
  • Add water (or broth), and optional salt. Stir.
    2 cups water, 1 tsp salt
  • Lock the lid into place and set the steam release handle (valve on top) to “Sealing”.
  • Press Manual>High Pressure>5 minutes. It will take 5-8 minutes to get up to pressure.
  • When the rice has finished cooking, the Instant Pot will beep and switch to ”keep warm". Turn it to "off".
  • Allow it to sit for 10 minutes and then flip the switch to "venting" to remove any remaining pressure.
  • Carefully open the lid and fluff the rice with a fork or rice scoop.

Pot in Pot Method

  • Place 3 cups of water in the insert of your Instant Pot and add the wire trivet. Mix rice, water (or broth), and optional salt and olive oil.
  • Follow steps 4-8 above.


  1. If you do not rinse your rice, increase the water by 1/4 cup per cup of rice.
  2. Each cup of uncooked rice will make 3 cups of cooked rice.
Stovetop Method: 
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce to low and cook for 15 minutes with the lid on.
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Basmati Rice
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cups)
Calories 115 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 197mg9%
Potassium 35mg1%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 comments on “Instant Pot Basmati Rice”

  1. Made this last night! Went to make some rice on the stove and realized it’s brown rice and didn’t feel like waiting 40+ minutes for it to cook… but once I had it in the IP, I was adding up the time.

    Still learning the ways of the Instant Pot, so correct me if I’m wrong. So if I am making brown rice, I set the timer for 19 minutes. Is that 19 minutes in addition to the 5-8 minutes for the pressure to build? If so, making the rice in the instant pot isn’t much faster (8+19+10= 37 minutes). Stove top directions say 40 minutes.

    One major bonus is I’m doing the pot-in-pot method so one less dish to wash!

    And the rice came out delicious, so there is also that ????5 stars