Now that we know how to cook the most common types of rice in the Instant Pot®, let’s cover a few frequently asked questions!
Q: Can I substitute the water?
A: Yes! You can substitute the water either partially or entirely with vegetable, chicken or beef broth, if desired.
Q: Can I substitute the butter?
A: Yes! You can use 1 tablespoon olive, vegetable or coconut oil in place of the butter.
Q: What if my rice comes out undercooked?
A: Unfortunately, you can’t just add more water, seal the Instant Pot® and continue cooking the rice until it’s fully cooked through. Instead, transfer the undercooked rice to a medium saucepan on the stove and add 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook on low heat 5 minutes, or until water is fully absorbed and rice is tender. If the rice still isn’t tender enough after 5 minutes but has absorbed all the water, add another 1/4 cup water, cover and cook on low heat another 5 minutes.
Q: Do I need to rinse the rice before adding it to the Instant Pot®?
A: We’ve tested cooking rice in an Instant Pot® both ways—with and without first rinsing the rice. While both yield delicious results, you’re more likely to get the most perfect rice if you rinse it first. Rinsing rice removes any excess dirt or starch (which can make the rice sticky or gummy).
Q: How much cooked rice do you get from cooking 2 cups uncooked rice?
A: 2 cups uncooked rice makes about 6 1/2 cups cooked rice.