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instant pot basmati rice
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5 from 3 votes

Instant Pot Basmati Rice

Love basmati rice, but don’t like cooking it on the stovetop? Here’s an easy tutorial on how to make Instant Pot basmati rice!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 200kcal


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, ghee, OR butter
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 bay leaves (optional)


  • Optional but recommended: Soak rice in water for at least 20 minutes before cooking.  (Soaking helps to elongate the rice-- Skip if you don't have time.)
  • Rinse the rice in a fine mesh sieve until the water runs clear.
  • Add the rice, water, oil, and salt to the Instant Pot. If any rice grains are stuck to the side of the pot (above the water level), push them down into the water.
    Set the bay leaves on top (if using).
    Add water, salt, oil, and bay leaves
  • Seal the Instant Pot lid, and turn the steam valve to the sealing position.
  • Set Instant Pot to pressure cook/manualhigh pressure. Set the cook time for 3 minutes.
  • The Instant Pot will take about 6-7 minutes to come to pressure, and then will start counting down the cook time. The Instant Pot will beep to let you know the cook time has finished.
    After the cook time is finished, the machine will begin the natural release process, and the countdown timer will start counting up. Allow the Instant Pot to do a natural release for 10 minutes.
    After 10 minutes, carefully quick release the remaining pressure by using the handle of a long spoon (I use a wooden spoon) to turn the steam valve to venting.
    Tip: Quick release can be messy– the vent will let loose some liquids with the steam. Lay a kitchen towel over the top to keep your kitchen clean.
  • Wait for the steam to escape and the pin to drop down. Then, carefully remove the lid.
    Pressure cook the basmati rice in the Instant Pot
  • Remove bay leaves, and stir rice, Serve immediately.
    Remove bay leaves + stir
  • Leftovers:
    This rice is best served immediately, but can be kept refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 4 days. To reheat, add about a tablespoon of water, and microwave covered until warm (2-3 minutes).


Note: Cook-time does NOT include optional soak-time.
Doubling or Tripling Recipe: 
Recipe can be doubled or tripled, but never go above the half-way mark on your Instant Pot.  Multiply all ingredients except for the bay leaves.  Note that extra liquid means that the Instant Pot will take longer to come to pressure.


Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg