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How to Cook Brown Rice in the Instant Pot

Scared to try your Instant Pot for the first time? Try this easy Brown Rice recipe -- perfect for beginners!

I am more and more falling in love with my  that I got during the amazing Black Friday sale when the 7-in-1 Instant Pot was marked down to just $69!

I love that I can cook so many different things in it so quickly. I love that I can put the ingredients in it and set the timer and then just leave it — instead of having to watch the stove, wait for the water to boil, and/or make sure the water doesn’t boil over.

It kind of feels like a slow cooker on steroids. You just dump the ingredients in, program the time, and leave it be to do it’s thing… while you get on with your life!

I’ve just barely scratched the surface of the world of Instant Pots and I am starting to clearly understand why people are such raving fans of this appliance! There’s so much it can do — and it makes eating at home and getting dinner on the table so much easier!

There are many, many bloggers out there who are sharing incredible Instant Pot recipes. However, I knew there are some of you who haven’t yet gotten your Instant Pot out of the box and you are feeling scared, just like I was when I first got mine.

So I thought it would be fun to share some very beginning Instant Pot recipes on my blog over the next few months as I learn how to use my Instant Pot. My hope is that these will inspire you to not let your Instant Pot sit in the box any longer! Get it out and start using it — you’ll be so glad you did!

Instant Pots have a Rice button on them that you can use to cook white rice or basmati rice. However, we pretty much only use brown rice at our house, so that needs to cook quite a bit longer than white rice.

Here’s how to make brown rice in the Instant Pot:

If you want to serve the rice right away and don’t want to wait for the natural pressure release, here how to do that:

  • Let the rice cook for 22 minutes.
  • Once it is at zero on the countdown, wait 5 minutes to let the pressure naturally release.
  • Then, use an oven mitt to turn the vent lock to venting (so that it’s open). VERY IMPORTANT: This will shoot out steam. A lot of hot steam. This is releasing the pressure. Make sure you have on an oven mitt. Make sure there isn’t a cupboard or anything above your Instant Pot that all the steam is going to shoot up to. And KEEP YOUR FACE AND HANDS AWAY FROM THE VENT when you are turning it. It is HOT!
  • Let the steam fully release (the floating valve will drop down when it’s released).
  • Open the lid and your rice is ready!

Okay, I know that sounds like a lot of steps. But trust me on this, after you’ve used your Instant Pot one time, it will be so much easier. I promise!

{Need some hand holding to make this recipe? .}

I put the brown rice in the Instant Pot to cook before I made dinner and then started dinner. I didn’t come back to it until about an hour and a half later. I took the lid off, let it cool, and then, once it was cooled, I scooped it out and put it into airtight freezer bags and froze it.

So easy! So simple! I love that I can just put the ingredients in the Instant Pot, turn it on, and leave it and then come back to it later. I don’t have to worry about it burning or boiling over or over-cooking. I don’t have to mess with watching for the water to boil or setting the timer and then turning down the burner.

More and more, I see why people are such big fans of this kitchen appliance!

Looking for another great beginner Instant Pot recipe? Check on my post on How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot.

Hard-Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot

How to boil eggs in an Instant Pot. Not sure where to start with your Instant Pot? This is a great first-try recipe that will make it less intimidating, and it works every time!

I bought an during the amazing Black Friday sale when the 7-in-1 Instant Pot was marked down to just $69!

But when I got it and saw all of the buttons on it, I got scared.

People had told me that this was a MUST HAVE appliance and after enough people told me I really, really needed to buy it, I finally caved.

But then I regretted the decision. Because it felt overwhelming.

You see, I’d never used a Pressure Cooker before… ever. And I was completely unfamiliar with Pressure Cooking.

So I worried that I would blow something up trying to use it.

It sat in the box until a few weeks ago, when I got brave and decided if I didn’t ever get it out of the box, I would never actually find out whether it was worth using or not.

Many people had suggested starting with making Hard Boiled Eggs, because they are so easy to make and “almost impossible to mess up” I was told.

I’ve made hard boiled eggs probably at least a thousand times in my lifetime, if not more. So I figured they were a good recipe to start with.

I found instructions online and read over them at least 5 times. I had pretty much memorized them and felt like, “I got this!”

However, because I knew that I needed all the hand-holding I could get, I decided to while I was attempting the recipe.

Oh my! I am SO glad I did because, , I may have blown something up or burned myself… or at least have ruined the batch of eggs!

The first time of using it was quite the adventure. But once I had done it, I felt so empowered. And it was a LOT easier the next time around.

I am quickly falling in love with my Instant Pot. I love that I can cook so many different things in it so quickly. I love that I can put the ingredients in it and set the timer and then just leave it — instead of having to watch the stove, wait for the water to boil, and/or make sure the water doesn’t boil over.

I’ve just barely scratched the surface of the world of Instant Pots and I am starting to clearly understand why people are such raving fans of this appliance! There’s so much it can do — and it makes eating at home and getting dinner on the table so much easier!

There are many, many bloggers out there who are sharing incredible Instant Pot recipes. However, I knew there are some of you who haven’t yet gotten your Instant Pot out of the box and you are feeling scared, just like I was.

So I thought it would be fun to share some very beginning Instant Pot recipes on my blog over the next few months as I learn how to use my Instant Pot. My hope is that these will inspire you to not let your Instant Pot sit in the box any longer! Get it out and start using it — you’ll be so glad you did!

Okay, I know that sounds like a lot of steps. But trust me on this, after you’ve used your Instant Pot one time, it will be so much easier. I promise!

{Need some hand holding to make this recipe? .}

So get brave, get it out of the box, and make some amazing Hard Boiled Eggs!

What are YOUR favorite things to make in the Instant Pot? I’d love to hear!