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The best way to cook Instant Pot rice



If you own an Instant Pot you know that they are super handy kitchen gadgets. Not only do they save time, they also ensure less clutter, so cleaning up is a piece of cake. You can also put fantastic portions of rice in your Instant Pot. But immediately out of the box this skill is not clearly defined. The printed manual and the bundled recipe book only give vague instructions. And Instant Pot's own guide clashes with many rice recipes on its website.

To resolve the issue, I personally tested my hand on batch after batch of Instant Pot rice. This guide explains what worked for me in simple steps that you can try for yourself. Soon you will be leaning on your new Instant Pot to also do double work as a fast rice maker.

Rice cookers and the Instant Pot

When you cook white rice on the stove, the typical ratio is 1

part rice to 2 parts water. With rice cookers, you don't have to remember proportions at all. Simply measure rice with the cooking accessory (usually 180 ml or 6.1 ounces of liquid). Then fill the pot from the machine to a pre-calibrated water line that matches your amount of uncooked rice.

These machines often have several water pipes. Which you choose depends on the rice variety that you intend to prepare. Not so with an Instant Pot. There is only one set of proposed water pipes. It corresponds to the water level that standard rice cookers suggest for white rice. It also translates into a 1: 1 ratio (1 part rice to 1 part water). The most important thing is that the water pipes take into account the displacement caused by the volume of rice itself (measured by that 180 ml cup).

Instant Pot also recommends a 1: 1 ratio for all grains of cooked rice. This included everything from brown to jasmine, basmati and wild rice. The only variable that changes is how long it has to cook.


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Step 1: measure your rice

With your Instant Pot & # 39; s cup accessory, measure the dry rice that you want to cook in level cups. Now put the rice in the inner liner. Then remove the inner pot from your device and set it aside – ideally in your sink or nearby.

You can rinse rice in the Instant Pot steel inner pot or use a rice sieve like this.


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Step 2: Rinse well

Fill the inner pot with a healthy amount of cold water. You don't have to be precise, but you have to have enough liquid to immerse the pellets about 2 to 3 inches. Gently swirl the water and the rice pudding with your hand. The water must quickly become cloudy or milky. Carefully drain off most of the water and repeat the process. It usually takes about four times to rinse before the water in the pot becomes clear.

There is one benefit to using that special rice that came with your Instant Pot. Simply fill the liner to the water level corresponding to the added cups of rice.


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Step 3: Fill the pot

Then fill the Instant Pot liner with the rest of the water you need. Leave the wet rice in the pot and don't worry about sieving. Simply add (or subtract) enough water to reach the right line. Remember that you are aiming for the line next to the number of rice cups that you have added.

Now close the lid by turning it to the locked position. Make sure the steam release valve is set to & # 39; seal & # 39 ;.

Step 4: Getting things to cook

We use the cooking program & # 39; Rice & # 39; of your Instant Pot. This function is specially designed for white rice. It is an automatic cooking mode that lasts between 10 and 12 minutes. When the program has finished, wait another 15 minutes for the device to cool down and to release internal pressure naturally.

Here is a beautiful, fork-like batch of long-grain white American-style rice.

Step 5: Fluff and enjoyment

Open the lid. You must be greeted by the wonderful view and the scent of freshly cooked rice. However, don't forget an important step. Grab a fork and gently pull it through the bed of rice. This fluffs the grains and mixes in all the remaining water on the bottom of the pot.

I have successfully prepared batches of long-grain American-style rice. The same applies to Japanese rice with short grains. These are the grains that I personally eat the most. Of course, if the texture that comes out is not to your liking, tweak away. Try a little less water if your results taste too soft or sticky. Go the other way if your rice is a little too al dente.

The Instant Pot can also make high-quality Japanese rice grains. Just stay with that 1: 1 ratio.


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