Instant Pot Rice Is The Perfect Summer Side

White rice in a metal bowl.

Does it seem like no matter what you do, your rice never comes out correctly? It’s either burned or mushy, and you might end up throwing more batches away than you eat. Fortunately, there’s a simple and fast way to cook rice. Check out this Instant Pot rice recipe so you can make perfectly prepared rice in just 15 minutes.

Equipment and Ingredients

You need a pressure cooker such as an Instant Pot to make this rice. You also need:

  • 1 cup of jasmine rice
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt for taste (optional)

This recipe will make 2-4 servings of fluffy rice.

Rinse the Rice

You need to rinse the rice before putting it in the pressure cooker. Put the rice in a bowl and run cold water over it. Move your fingertips in a circular motion to scrub the rice. The water will turn milky white as you rinse the rice. Switch out the water and rewash the rice. Repeat this as many times as it takes for the water to remain clear while scrubbing.

Cook the Rice

Once the rice is clean, it’ll be ready to cook. Put a cup of rice and a cup of cold water in the pressure cooker. Then close and seal the lid. Turn the Instant Pot on high pressure and cook the rice for a full three minutes. Then use the Natural Release function for another 10 minutes. After it’s done, set the knob to the Venting position to remove the pressure from the pot. You need to open the lid quickly and remove the rice.

Once out, you can taste it to see if it needs salt. Then fluff the rice with a fork and serve it as a side dish.

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Avoid Problems by Using the Right Amount of Water

This recipe will come out perfectly as long as you use the right amount of water. If you use too much water, one of two things will happen. The rice will come out undercooked and watery, or it will be sticky and mushy. Neither option will be tasty. It’s not wise to cook the rice without enough water, either. When it doesn’t have enough water, it will burn. It also might be chewy and hard.

This recipe proves that making rice can be a breeze. You don’t even need a rice cooker to create the perfect side dish. Grab the ingredients and set up your pressure cooker. Tonight is the perfect time for a side of rice.

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