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Instant pot brown rice in serving bowl
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5 from 3 votes

Instant Pot Brown Rice

Love brown rice, but don't love cooking it on the stovetop? Here's an easy tutorial to make Instant Pot brown rice with cilantro lime seasoning.
Cook Time56 mins
Total Time56 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 93kcal



  • 1 cup whole-grain brown rice (long, medium, or short grain) (NOT par-boiled or quick-cook)
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

Cilantro Lime Seasoning (Optional):

  • ½ lime, juiced
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • cup cilantro, roughly chopped


  • 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.
    Add brown rice, water, oil + salt the the Instant Pot
  • 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 24 minutes.
  • The Instant Pot will take about 6 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 25 minutes.
    After 25 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 rice
  • Optional: Whisk the lime juice and oil together, and stir into the rice. Fold in the cilantro.
    Stir rice + serve
  • Serve the rice warm.
    Instant pot brown rice in serving bowl
  • 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).


Doubling or Tripling Recipe: 
Recipe can be doubled or tripled, but never go above the half-way mark on your Instant Pot.  Note that extra liquid means that the Instant Pot will take longer to come to pressure.


Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg