Pressure Cooker White Rice
Pressure cooker white rice? Why bother?
I made rice on the stove top. Between heating up the pot and letting the pressure naturally release, how would a pressure cooker save time? I might as well simmer for fifteen minutes on the stove in a regular pot.1
Then the kids forgot to clean out my favorite sauce pot, the one I always use to make rice. (It was sitting in the sink, mac and cheese hardening from lunchtime.)2 Everything else was ready for a stir-fry, so instead of scrubbing the pot myself, I pulled out my Instant Pot and set it up.
Since that day, my Instant Pot is also my rice cooker. Why? Because now I can make rice while I’m only half paying attention. Fill the pot with rice and water, set it for 4 minutes, lock the lid, and listen for the beep. Then, set a timer for 10 minutes, and when that goes off, quick release any remaining pressure. When I’m busy in the kitchen – tossing my way through that stir fry, for example – it’s good to have a quick and easy side dish.
Recipe: Pressure Cooker White Rice
- 6 quart or larger pressure cooker (I use an Instant Pot electric PC for this)
- No pressure cooker? See my Basic White Rice recipe for traditional pot instructions.
- You can make this recipe in a stove top pressure cooker if you want, but I don’t think it saves much time or attention when compared to regular stove top rice. The big advantage I get is the set it and forget it nature of the electric pressure cooker.
What do you think?
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Brown rice is another story. It takes much longer on the stove top, so the pressure cooker has a big time advantage. But that’s a recipe for another day.↩
The advantage to kids getting older? They can do the dishes! The disadvantage? Sometimes a pot that needs a good scrubbing gets a light sprinkling of water and put in the dish drain.↩