One of the reasons to love the instant pot is perfectly cooked brown rice.  You don’t need to keep that extra rice cooker anymore, and it can free up the counter space.  Even though I love white rice, I try to include more and more brown rice in our diet as it is more nutritious than white rice (well, debatable!). If you are looking for pot-in-pot (PIP) Brown Rice in the instant pot, go here.

Brown rice instant pot pressure cooker

Is Brown Rice better than White Rice?

There is a big debate over which rice is better.  All rice consists almost entirely of carbs, with small amounts of protein and practically no fat.  Brown rice is a whole grain, which means it contains all parts of the grain — including the fibrous bran, the nutritious germ, and the carb-rich endosperm.  Brown rice has more fiber, antioxidants, and many more important vitamins and minerals.

White rice has had the bran and germ removed, which are the most nutritious parts of the grain.  This leaves white rice with very few essential nutrients, which is why brown rice is usually considered much healthier than white.

On the other hand, brown rice contains the anti-nutrient phytic acid, which reduces our body’s ability to absorb certain nutrients such as iron and zinc.  Brown rice may also contain higher amounts of arsenic, a toxic chemical.  However, this is only a concern if you eat a lot of rice.

With the above facts, I am not recommending either one is better.  You make the choice!   I prefer to include both brown and white rice in our diet.

How to cook Brown Rice in Instant Pot?

Cooking rice needs perfection in the amount of water and time.  I was never able to get that for brown rice prior to using the instant pot. Sometimes, there would be water left, and sometimes, the rice would be undercooked.  However, now, with the Instant Pot, I can always cook perfect brown rice.

This is a no-soak method.  Just wash the rice, cook it for 22 minutes on high pressure in the instant pot, and release it for 10 minutes at natural pressure.  Sounds easy…it actually is!

I like to have rice al dente and separate.  I don’t like sticky or mushy rice.  Hence I use a 1:1.25 rice to water ratio, which has consistently given me perfect results.

Traditionally cooking basmati rice in a saucepan needs double the water amount than the rice. However, in the instant pot, less water is enough to get perfectly cooked rice.

The same method works well to make rice in Ninja Foodi pressure cooker.

Brown rice instant pot - after cooking

Main things to remember for perfect Brown Basmati Rice 

  • No soaking of rice
  • Rice to water ratio – 1:1.25
  • Pressure Cook / Manual for 22 minutes (high pressure, vent sealed)
  • 10-minute NPR – Manually release the pressure 10 minutes after the instant pot beeps
Brown rice instant pot pressure cooker - after cooking

Enjoy this perfect brown rice with any curry such as Chana MasalaChicken Curry and Dal Makhani.

Brown rice instant pot pressure cooker 2

Try out the brown rice and let me know how it turned out.  If you want to make Brown Rice using the pot-in-pot method (PIP), check out the recipe here.

You can also check out other variations of rice – Basmati white riceJeera or Cumin rice, or other basic recipes such as Steamed Broccoli and Instant Pot Beets.

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Brown Basmati Rice Recipe – Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Perfectly cooked Brown Basmati rice made in an instant pot or pressure cooker.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes
Servings: 2



  • Wash brown rice until the water runs clear.
  • Add water and rice to the instant pot insert. If using, add the oil and salt.
  • Start the instant pot in manual or pressure cook mode for 22 mins at high pressure with vent in sealing position.
  • When the instant pot beeps, do 10 minutes natural pressure release, which means release the pressure manually 10 minutes after the instant pot beeps.
  • Fluff the rice with a ladle or fork. Rice is ready to be served with your favorite curry.



  • If you like very soft rice, then increase the amount of water by 1/4 cup. 
  • Cooking time remains the same even if you double or half the recipe. 
  • This recipe was created in a 6qt Instant Pot DUO60 Multi-use Programmable Pressure Cooker.


Calories: 407kcalCarbohydrates: 71gProtein: 7gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 595mgPotassium: 206mgFiber: 3gCalcium: 21mgIron: 1.4mg

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Thai
Diet: Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
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About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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  1. Detailed but super easy steps to perfectly cooked brown basmati rice. I used a little of “this and that” as other reviewers suggested.
    Thank you for this recipe!

  2. Very informative, the way its explained its very easy, i love rice specially basmati rice and i love to try various type of rice recipes. Indian rice is one such thing that always delight me, like pulav biryani and more, early waiting to see more rice recipe from you.

  3. I’ve tried making brown rice in my Mealthy pressure cooker, following their directions, and it never turned out right. I followed these directions exactly, including the ghee and slat, and it’s absolutely perfect. Best brown basmati I’ve ever had. Thank you.

  4. This is my favorite way to make brown rice. I buy Della brand organic brown rice from Costco and make it with this method. My husband usually hates brown rice, but he enjoys it when cooked this way. I’ll swap the water for stock or broth based on what I have available or what it’s being served with. I also always add one bay leaf per cup of rice and a little garlic & onion powder.

  5. Thanks for testing & sharing this recipe. My daughter had stopped eating brown rice, but she’s fine with brown basmati when it’s fluffy.

    1. Hi Ali – I am surprised the rice did not cook in 22 minutes of high pressure. Seems like something was wrong, maybe the instant pot did not come to pressure. Can you share what type of rice you used?

      1. Thank you for this fab recipe. I cooked it at 21 mins which made it just aldente I used tilda brown basmati rice

        But defi my goto recipe from now on

        My on question is how long do I cook the rice for for 2 cups? Thank you so much 🥰

      2. Hi Meeta – Glad to hear the rice cooked perfectly to your liking. The cooking time will remain the same even if you double or triple the quantity.

  6. If you read the healthline article you linked to, you’ll see that there’s no good health reason to choose white over brown rice. The phytic acid and arsenic risks are minimal, and the benefits of brown over white rice easily overwhelm them. Stuff like reduced risk of diabetes, weight control, antioxidants, reduced risk of heart disease. Meanwhile phytic acid *may* block some nutrients from being absorbed, and you have to eat an awful lot of rice to be worried about arsenic.

    I throw some green lentils in with the rice, and use chicken stock instead of water. And a bit of white miso for some nice umami. Makes a good side dish.

    1. Hi Roger – Thanks for sharing the details. I like to vary with a variety of sides – white rice, brown rice, quinoa, bulgur. Love the addition of moong dal and the umami flavor!

    2. Roger, not sure if you’ll see this but can u tell me how much lentils U add to rice, when U add it, are the lentils dry? Also do U increase the amount of water to the pot? I’ve wanted to try lentils but don’t know how to cook or flavor them. Thanks.