If you’re a lover of Asian cuisine, then you’re probably familiar with jasmine rice. And if you aren’t, then you should be because it’s one of the most exciting types you can find. The long-grained rice is sweet, perfect in stir-fried recipes, and works excellent with Thai curries. Plus, the rice releases a beautiful jasmine aroma to your kitchen– from which it got its name.
But of all the various methods of cooking jasmine rice, using an instant pot remains one of the easiest. You won’t have to worry about the perfect water to rice ratio or ensuring it doesn’t boil and spill over with a pressure cooker. The steam pressure cooks the rice faster than other methods and gives you a fluffy texture that works in almost every recipe.
Tips for Instant Pot Jasmine Rice
Using an instant pot to cook any recipe means you have a bit of knowledge about it. And if you don’t, you need not worry, as these kitchen appliances come with instruction manuals. It’s always recommended that you go through the manual of your pressure cooker before you use it for any recipe.
Once you’ve understood how to properly use an instant pot, applying these instructions when pressure-cooking jasmine rice would be a breeze;
Most people get confused about how much water they need to prepare jasmine rice in an instant pot. But jasmine rice is as straightforward as it gets, and there’s not much to think about regarding the rice to water ratio. An equal amount of water is what you need to cook the rice you plan. This suggestion means if you’re preparing two cups of jasmine rice, use two cups of water. This measurement gives you the perfect texture.
Unlike most other types, you don’t need to soak jasmine rice before cooking. Just a thorough rinse under running water, and you’re good to go. Pour the raw rice in a fine-mesh strainer, and swirl around under the tap over your sink. The rice is cleaned when the drained water is no longer milky.
You may also want to add some vegetable oil to the rice in the instant pot before cooking. The oil prevents the grains from sticking at the sides of the insert. From olive to canola, safflower, walnut, and even coconut oil, any vegetable oil will do.
Instant Pot Setting & Cooking Time
Rice is primarily cooked in the instant pot at a preset LOW pressure for 12 minutes. But jasmine rice is softer, and though you can use this preset for it as well, it may come out gooey than needed. So, it’s best to use the Manual/Pressure Cook settings for jasmine rice at about three to four minutes. After this time, an additional ten minutes is allowed for the instant pot to release pressure naturally. Also, whether releasing the valve or removing the lid of the pressure cooker, be sure to protect yourself from the steam. Try using a long wooden spoon to adjust the pressure valve.
Steps for Instant Pot Jasmine Rice
- When cooking jasmine rice with an instant pot, you don’t need complicated instructions. A summary of the process is as follows;
- Rinse the rice in a fine-mesh strainer under running water till the liquid runs clear.
- Add the rice into the instant pot, and add equal parts of water. You can also use any other liquid, like broth or stock.
- Cover the lid, seal the valve, and set the pressure cooker on annual settings for four minutes on high pressure. Once the time is reached, leave the instant pot for an additional ten minutes, so the pressure naturally releases.
- After ten minutes, unseal (vent) the valve and wait till the pressure pin drops completely. Open the lid and serve the jasmine rice as you wish.
For more understanding, consider this recipe;Print
Instant Pot Jasmine Rice (4 Servings)
- Two cups jasmine rice
- Two cups water
- One teaspoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- Rinse the rice through a fine-mesh strainer, and add to the insert of the instant pot. Sprinkle the salt, add the water, stir and add in the oil as you do.
- Close the lid and seal the valve. Then, adjust the pot settings to Pressure Cook for four minutes.
- Once the timer dings, leave the instant pot for another ten minutes. Then, hit Cancel, and release the valve. Wait for the pressure pin to drop altogether.
- Open the lid carefully, so you don’t expose yourself to steam. Then, stir the rice and serve as you please.
For more ideas, click on this video recipe.