Perfect Jasmine White Rice – Instant Pot Recipe

If you just purchased an Instant Pot and wondering what to make, this recipe for Instant Pot Jasmine White Rice is the perfect dish to get you acquainted with your new electric pressure cooker. This easy recipe makes perfectly fluffy and moist jasmine white rice. It’s much better than the stove-top method and definitely rivals my Tiger rice cooker.

Perfect Instant Pot Jasmine White Rice - Just 5 Minutes Pressure Cook Time | recipe from runawayrice.com

Funny story, I bought my first Instant Pot in 2014 because my Zojirushi rice cooker was getting old and I loved the idea of a multi-function cooker. I made my first pot of rice in the Instant Pot and was so disappointed with the results. The rice was wet and mushy. I remember thinking, “How is it that something as simple as cooking rice be such a fail?” My 15 year old rice cooker made awesome rice. What went wrong?” Well, fast-forward to about 100 pots of rice later and I’ve learned some key concepts. I am happy to say I’ve perfected cooking fluffy and delicious jasmine white rice in the Instant Pot and I am happy to share what I’ve learned.

What Type of Rice?

For this recipe, I am using jasmine white rice. This long-grain rice perfumed with jasmine essence is what most of us eat daily with our favorite dishes. (I’ll share recipes for cooking other types of rice including brown rice, sweet rice and wild rice in later posts.) Use this recipe with a long-grain white rice. It doesn’t have to have be jasmine if you don’t like the aroma. For me, I grew up on this rice and the fragrant aroma of jasmine rice always reminds me of dinnertime.

Perfect Instant Pot Jasmine White Rice - Just 5 Minutes Pressure Cook Time | recipe from runawayrice.com

My favorite brand is Three Ladies Jasmine Rice from Thailand. I recently purchased a 25 lb bag and marked it with the date so I can see how long it takes my family to consume 25 pounds of rice. I am sure it won’t last long. 🙂

Perfect Instant Pot Jasmine White Rice - Three Ladies Brand | recipe from runawayrice.com

The Key to Perfect Instant Pot Rice

The key to making perfect rice in the Instant Pot is matching the type of rice with the appropriate amount of water and cooking time. Sounds simple right? Here’s the catch: because pressure cooking releases less steam than conventional stove-top or electric rice cookers, you actually need less water. To make perfect Instant Pot jasmine white rice, use a rice to water ratio of 1:1  That means for every 1 cup jasmine white rice, use 1 cup water. This amount is about 25% less water than you typically use when making rice in a rice cooker. When I made my first Instant Pot rice, I used the same water ratio as for my rice cooker. The results: mushy rice. Doh!

Perfect Instant Pot Jasmine White Rice - Just 5 Minutes Pressure Cook Time | recipe from runawayrice.com

I experimented with various pressure cooking times and pressure levels. After pots of not-so-great rice, I settled on this winning setting: High pressure for 5 minutes, 10 minutes of natural pressure release (NPR). The results: perfectly cooked, moist and fluffy rice. Yeah! The total cooking time from start to finish is 21 minutes for 2 cups rice, faster than most rice cookers. Perfect Instant Pot Jasmine White Rice - Just 5 Minutes Pressure Cook Time | recipe from runawayrice.comI use the measuring cup that comes with Instant Pot. It’s smaller and about 3/4 of a standard measuring cup. If you use this cup to measure the rice, also use it to measure the water for consistency. One neat thing I want to share: if you use the Instant Pot measuring cup to measure out your rice, you can use the markings on the inner pot as a guide for adding the appropriate amount of water. For example, if making 2 cups rice, after adding the rinsed rice and leveling it, add water until it reaches the “2” line. For 4 cups rice, use the “4” line, etc. Easy peasy!

Perfect Instant Pot Jasmine White Rice - Just 5 Minutes Pressure Cook Time | recipe from runawayrice.com

What About the “Rice” Button?

The “Rice” button on the Instant Pot high pressure cooks rice for 12 minutes. During the earlier days when I was experimenting, I found this setting cooked rice for too long. The rice came out dry and hard. Although not burnt, the cooked rice stuck stubbornly to the bottom of the inner pot and was really difficult to wash off without a good soaking. So I don’t use the “Rice” button to cook rice. I do use the “Rice” button to cook peeled split mung bean for making Mashed Mung Bean and for this, it works perfectly.

Perfect Instant Pot Jasmine White Rice

Perfect Instant Pot Jasmine White Rice - Just 5 Minutes Pressure Cook Time | recipe from runawayrice.com

Perfect Instant Pot Jasmine White Rice - Just 5 Minutes Pressure Cook Time | recipe from runawayrice.com
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Perfect Instant Pot Jasmine White Rice

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Pressurzing & NPR: 16 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 270 kcal
Author: Trang

If you just purchased an Instant Pot and wondering what to make, this recipe for Instant Pot Jasmine White Rice is the perfect dish to get you acquainted with your new electric pressure cooker. This easy recipe makes perfectly fluffy and moist jasmine white rice. 

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Transfer the rice into a medium rice washing bowl. Swirl the rice in cold water and then pour out the wash water. Repeat these steps until the water is no longer cloudy, approximately 2 times.

    Perfect Instant Pot Jasmine White Rice - Just 5 Minutes Pressure Cook Time | recipe from runawayrice.com
  2. Transfer the rice into the inner pot of the Instant Pot. Add the water. Spread out the rice into an even layer.

    Perfect Instant Pot Jasmine White Rice - Just 5 Minutes Pressure Cook Time | recipe from runawayrice.com
  3. Cover with the pressure cooking lid. Set the steam release handle to "Sealing". Press the "Manual" button and then set to cook on "High Pressure" for 5 minutes. When the cook time is completed, allow for a 10 minute natural pressure release.

    Perfect Instant Pot Jasmine White Rice - Just 5 Minutes Pressure Cook Time | recipe from runawayrice.com
  4. Release any remaining pressure and then remove the lid. Fluff the rice using chopsticks or the paddle spoon.

    Perfect Instant Pot Jasmine White Rice - Just 5 Minutes Pressure Cook Time | recipe from runawayrice.com
  5. Enjoy the jasmine white rice while it's hot.

    Perfect Instant Pot Jasmine White Rice - Just 5 Minutes Pressure Cook Time | recipe from runawayrice.com
  6. Refrigerate any remaining portions. Enjoy within 4-5 days.

Notes, Tips & Tricks

Nutrition Facts
Perfect Instant Pot Jasmine White Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 270
% Daily Value*
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 79mg2%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Protein 4g8%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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4 Responses to Perfect Jasmine White Rice – Instant Pot Recipe

  1. Thanh January 26, 2019 at 8:09 am #

    Hi chi, I made rice in IP when I first got it and similar to you didn’t think it taste good so I went back to my old Tiger cooker. I tried your recipe now and it was so much better with less cooking time. If we can cook rice and make dinner in the IP at the same time, I would be a happy cook. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

    • Trang January 28, 2019 at 7:54 am #

      Hi Thanh,
      I am glad you enjoyed my IP rice recipe. The IP makes awesome rice once you get the right balance of pressure cook time and water. I’ll work on some whole meal ideas. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. WantToCookRice January 11, 2019 at 8:59 am #

    What size of IP were you using? 3 vs. 6 vs. 8 quarts?

    • Trang January 11, 2019 at 7:21 pm #

      In this recipe, I am using the 8 quart.

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