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This how-to recipe is one all Instant Pot owners should learn — perfectly tender Instant Pot Jasmine Rice with a nutty and sweet aroma. Jasmine Rice is a staple food that serves as an excellent side to add to your homemade meal. So, what’s the secret to perfectly cooked jasmine rice? All you need to know is the correct water-to-rice ratio.
Good news—I’ve figured it out for you! After a few trials and errors, I can confidently say that I have mastered how to cook jasmine rice in the instant pot pressure cooker! Now, it’s time to share it with you.
Jasmine rice is allergy friendly, gluten-free, nut-free, AND dairy-free, making it one of the most versatile side or main dishes.
If you’re looking for more Instant Pot staple recipes, try my Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas, Green Beans, or this Red Beans and Rice recipe.
Key ingredients & substitutions for Electric Pressure Cooker Jasmine Rice Recipe
- Jasmine rice | You’ll want a bag or box of plain jasmine rice for this recipe. The water and cooking time will vary if you use brown jasmine rice or any other type of rice.
- Water | To make rice in the rice cooker, you’ll need water. However, you may substitute the water with vegetable or chicken broth if you want a boost of flavor.
- Kosher salt | Cooking it with a pinch of kosher salt helps to enhance the naturally sweet and nutty flavors of jasmine rice.
How to make Perfect Jasmine Rice in the Instant Pot
This recipe is as easy as it gets! You’ll have perfectly cooked rice in your Instant Pot in just minutes.
STEP 1 | Rinse rice
Before cooking rice, it is important to rinse it and remove the dirt and debris. So, carefully measure the rice using a dry ingredient measuring cup and place it in a fine mesh strainer.
Then, run the rice under cool water. The rice is thoroughly rinsed once the water runs clear.
STEP 2 | Add the water and rice to the Instant pot
Now, empty the rinsed rice into your instant pot and sprinkle it with a pinch of kosher salt. Next, pour the cold water on top.
Make sure there are no stray grains of rice on the sides of the pot. You want it all to be covered with water to cook properly.
STEP 3 | Cook and natural pressure release
Lock the lid of the Instant Pot and set it to pressure cook for 4 minutes. At the end of cooking, allow 10 minutes of natural release of pressure.
STEP 4 | Fluff and serve!
Then, turn the venting knob to release any remaining pressure before opening the lid. Finally, fluff the fragrant jasmine rice with a fork and serve while it’s still hot and steamy!
- Different varieties, like white rice or brown jasmine rice, require other cook times and rice-to-liquid ratios.
This Instant Pot jasmine rice recipe is pretty basic, in fact, that is the beauty of it.
The flavor really stands on its own. But, if you’d like to add more flavor to your rice, mix the cooked rice with salted butter, olive oil, extra salt, or pepper.
Turmeric, cumin, or a hint of cinnamon are also great ingredients that bring out the natural flavor of jasmine rice. Of course, you may also use a combination of the above.
Frequently asked questions
Honestly, just about any protein pairs well with jasmine rice. People typically serve it with chicken, seafood, beef, pork, chickpeas, and tofu. What makes an excellent dish is how you season the protein to complement the nutty taste of jasmine rice.
White jasmine rice is a long-grain rice that is considered “healthy” for its benefits, like protein, fiber, and vitamins. However, it is far less nutritious than the less refined brown jasmine rice, which retains many more minerals and health benefits.
Sticky jasmine rice may still taste pretty good, but the texture isn’t ideal. If your rice comes out too sticky, it may be undercooked, or you might have added too much water or too little rice. Be sure to measure the ingredients as accurately as possible and follow the instructions closely for the best results.
Jasmine rice is a versatile dish you can add to all kinds of delicious meals.
For example, serve this Hibachi Chicken & Vegetable recipe over your freshly cooked jasmine rice. Or try my Pepper Steak Stir-Fry or the savory Sesame Chicken from this refreshing salad recipe —YUM!
Speaking of ‘yum,’ remember to top it off with delicious homemade Yum Yum Sauce!
Behind the recipe: Instant Pot Jasmine Rice
Have you ever wondered why Jasmine Rice is named as it is? You may be confused when you take a big whiff of the sweet aroma it produces because it certainly doesn’t smell like the floral jasmine fragrance you’d expect.
In fact, this rice is not at all related to jasmine. The only reason it has the name it does is from the color of the plant, which is much like the color of the jasmine plant.
Instead, the aroma is often compared to popcorn! Its taste and smell are nutty, sweet, and light. Since the 1950s, it has been one of Thailand’s biggest exports, where jasmine rice originated.
Now, it is used worldwide, including in the United States, and is a staple dish in many countries.
More fun facts
Did you know that, for centuries, people have used jasmine rice for beauty and self-care? Women worldwide, particularly in Asia, have used leftover rice water to promote healthier skin and hair.
The most impressive example of this historical practice is a small Chinese village, Huangluo. The women here are famous for their stunning, strong, and silky long hair. In fact, the village has even been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as “the world’s longest hair village.”
Women in Huangluo won’t topically see gray hair until their late 80s. The fermented rice water is even known to produce tangle-free hair!
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Instant Pot Jasmine Rice
- Instant Pot
- Fine mesh strainer or colander
- 1 cup Jasmine rice
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Carefully measure the rice using a dry ingredient measuring cup and place it in a fine mesh strainer. Rinse the rice under cool running water to remove any dirt and debris until the water runs clear.
- Empty the rice into the instant pot and sprinkle it with salt. Pour cold water on top of the rice, Make sure there are no stray grains of rice on the sides of the pot.
- Lock the lid, then set the instant pot to pressure cook for 4 minutes. At the end of cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes.
- Turn the venting knob to release any remaining pressure before opening the lid. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.
- The water may be substituted with vegetable broth or chicken broth.
- Note that different varieties of rice (brown rice, etc.) require other cooking times and rice-to-liquid ratios.
Life Love and Good Food does not claim to be a registered dietician or nutritionist. Nutritional information shared on this site is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.
About Sheila Thigpen
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Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.