Jasmine Rice in the Instant Pot – Need A Hand

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Jasmine Rice in the Instant Pot

Need A Hand
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Servings: 4 cups


  • 1.5 Cups jasmine rice
  • 1.5 Cups cold water


To start:

  • Rinse the jasmine rice in a mesh strainer.
  • Continue rinsing until the water runs from cloudy to clear.
  • Place rice into instant pot liner.
  • Add 1.5 Cups cold water to instant pot liner.
  • Place instant pot liner into instant pot.
  • Put instant pot lid on instant pot and lock.

At the Instant Pot:

  • Make sure that the floating valve is turned to *sealing*.
  • Press the “Pressure Cook” button or, if you don’t have this button, try “manual” button.
  • Use the “+” and “-” buttons to get to “4”. Not 4:00. Just 4 or 00:04.


  • The next part is waiting for the Instant Pot to come to pressure.
  • This is the variable part that each pot will have a different time for and each person’s experience will be slightly different, so that’s why there’s no set time of “it will take ## of minutes to cook”.

The First Beep:

  • Once the instant pot comes to pressure, it will beep to signal that it has begun cooking.
  • It will count DOWN from 4 minutes to zero minutes.
  • After this it will beep again (the second beep).

The Second Beep:

  • At the second beep the timer will start counting UP from zero to… as long as you leave it there.
  • We only want to leave it there for 10 minutes.
  • Why leave it there for 10 minutes? Check out the Glossary for details on “carry over cooking”.
  • NOTE: You can leave it for longer, but you run the risk of mushy rice.
  • NOTE: There is not a third beep to let you know that the 10 minutes is up. You must set an additional timer.

Easy idea:

  • At the first beep, set a timer for 14 minutes, this will cover the above two steps and let you know when the entire cooking process is done.

Release the Pressure (Last Steps):

  • Once the rice is done cooking, it is time to release the pressure valve.
  • Do this by using a long handled spoon to turn the pressure valve from sealing to venting.
  • NOTE: a lot of steam and some water will quickly vent from the pressure valve.
  • NOTE: use caution not to get steam burns while the pressure valve finishes venting.
  • Once the pressure valve has let out all of the steam, unlock the lid, typically by turning the lid counterclockwise.
  • Place the lid in the lid holder and serve the rice.


Serving suggestions:
Recipe can be 1 cup of rice or more. This depends on the size of your instant pot. 8 quart should not cook less than 3 Cups of rice at once. 3 quart instant pot should not cook more than 4 Cups of rice at once.
Remember to use equal parts water and rice.
Refrigerate leftovers immediately.

Don’t need the extra help? See my “Confidence” version of the recipe.

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