Instant Pot brown jasmine rice is an easy and delicious side dish. Using a pressure cooker is a great way to prepare this whole grain because it's unlikely to burn and you can make it hours in advance.
Brown jasmine rice is the whole-grain version of white jasmine rice, meaning it still has its outer bran layer on. This means it has more fiber, protein, and nutrients. And it has a stronger, nuttier flavor.
I love cooking brown jasmine rice in the Instant Pot because it is a "set and forget" method. This means I can just turn it on and walk away without worrying about anything burning, boiling over, or getting stuck on the bottom of the pan (I'm looking at you, stovetop method).
Plus, the Instant Pot has the handy feature of "keep warm," meaning I can make my brown jasmine rice hours in advance and it will still be hot and ready when I need it.
You should be able to find brown jasmine rice in the bulk bins of your grocery store. That's where I always pick up mine!
Let's get cooking!
You really only need two ingredients for this recipe!
- brown jasmine rice
You can jazz up the flavor of your instant pot brown jasmine rice with my suggestions found in the "substitutions" section of this article. But I like to focus on how to make it unflavored because then you can pair it with any recipe. It is so versatile!
Start by rinsing your uncooked brown jasmine rice with fresh water. This removes any starch that has built up during storage. Excess starch makes your rice more sticky.
Add 1 cup of rice and 1 and ¼ cups of water to the bowl of your Instant Pot, or pressure cooker. Give it a stir.
Close the lid and make sure the valve is in the "sealing" position. Use the "Pressure Cook" setting. Cook on high for 22 minutes.
Once cooking is done, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release the pressure for 7 minutes. Then release the remaining pressure by following the quick-release instructions for your model. Your rice is ready!
I've found that if I don't open the lid, but just keep the rice in the Instant Pot on "warm," I can make rice up to 3 hours in advance. If you leave the rice on warm for too many hours, however, the starch in the rice will make the grains get awfully sticky!
I usually like to keep my brown jasmine rice plain. That way I can pair it with whatever. But here are some ideas of ways you could add more flavor to your Instant Pot brown jasmine rice.
- Broth - instead of water, use any kind of broth (chicken, beef, vegetable, etc).
- Spices - add in a teaspoon or so of your favorite spice, like garlic or cumin. Just make sure it pairs well with the flavors of whatever you are serving your rice with.
- You can also increase the flavor by adding 1 tablespoon of oil and/or ½ teaspoon of salt before cooking. I prefer to add these afterward, but you could add them before if desired.
The following nutrition label is for ½ cup of cooked brown jasmine rice.
Because brown jasmine rice still has its outer bran layer on, it is a whole grain and is considered healthier than white jasmine rice. Whole grains will always have more nutritional value than their more processed "white" counterparts.
One of the biggest healthy reasons to eat brown jasmine rice is because of the amount of dietary fiber it provides. A diet high in dietary fiber can lead to weight loss because it helps you feel full faster and longer, which helps prevent overeating. It also prevents constipation, aka tummy troubles, and helps lower the risk of heart disease.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, brown jasmine rice is naturally gluten-free and has a glycemic index score of 109, which is the highest score in the rice family. So if you are a person with diabetes or need to monitor blood sugar, you may want to choose a different type of rice. (source: "Is Jasmine Rice Good For Diabetics?" from The Diabetes Council).
Also, I always like to say that variation and moderation in any diet is the healthiest choice!
For a full rundown of everything you ever wanted to know about brown rice, check out "A Complete Guide to Brown Rice."
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There are A LOT of varieties of Instant Pots and pressure cookers on the market. My favorite is the Instant Pot Ultra because I love making yogurt in it. However, 99% of the time I use my Instant Pot I just use the "pressure cook" setting. So if you are looking for a less expensive model, you will get just as much bang for your buck with the Instant Pot Duo.
If you don't have a fine mesh strainer I highly recommend getting a metal one. They are great for rinsing small grains, like rice and quinoa, because they can't fall through the mesh. The metal mesh strainers are a lot more durable than plastic or fabric ones. I've had holes rip in the plastic ones before.
If you can't find brown jasmine rice at the store, you can always get it online!
Any leftover rice should be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. The longer it is stored, the more dried out the grains will become, so I recommend reusing them as soon as possible.
The simplest way to reheat your rice is in the microwave. You'll want to use a microwave-safe container that has a lid. Add the rice and break up any large chunks of rice with a fork. Add a few sprinkles of water to help create steam and rehydrate the grains.
Cover the container and microwave for 1 minute. Remove the lid, (watch out for steam) and test the grains. If they are still cold or dry repeat until you're satisfied.
- It's helpful to remember that 1 cup of uncooked rice makes about 2 cups of cooked brown jasmine rice.
- You can make more than just one cup at a time, just keep the water-to-rice ratio (1.25 to 1) the same.
- I wouldn't recommend making less than 1 cup of rice in your instant pot because it just doesn't provide enough water for your instant pot to work with. If you want less rice, consider making your brown jasmine rice on the stove or in a rice cooker.
You should use 1.25 cups of water for every 1 cup of uncooked brown jasmine rice.
It takes approximately 30 minutes to cook brown rice in a pressure cooker.
No, when using an Instant Pot, you don't need to adjust the cooking time. It is the same.
Looking for other ways to prepare rice? Try these:
These are my favorite dishes to serve with brown jasmine rice:
Instant Pot Brown Jasmine Rice
- 1 cup brown jasmine rice
- 1¼ cups water
- Start by rinsing your uncooked brown jasmine rice with fresh water. This removes any starch that has built up during storage. Excess starch makes your rice more sticky.
- Add 1 cup of rice and 1 and ¼ cups of water to the bowl of your Instant Pot, or pressure cooker. Give it a stir.
- Close the lid and make sure the valve is in the "sealing" position. Use the "Pressure Cook" setting. Cook on high for 22 minutes.
- Once cooking is done, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release the pressure for 7 minutes. Then release the remaining pressure by following the quick-release instructions for your model. Your rice is ready!