Instant Pot Jasmine Rice


Making fluffy, fragrant jasmine rice is a breeze with an instant pot!

instant pot jasmine rice

Jasmine rice is a sweetly scented, slightly sticky rice – perfect when paired with spicy creamy Thai curries!

I love basmati rice with Indian food, but I’d never dream of serving it with Thai food. Gosh, do I sound like a rice snob? Probably. But when it comes to Thai cuisine, there is no substitute for jasmine rice. Jasmine rice is a long grain rice like basmati, but it’s a little chubbier and certainly stickier.

I remember one of the first times we ordered food from our neighborhood Thai restaurant (our now favorite), we ordered these “stir-fry” dishes that actually have quite a bit of sauce to them. But they didn’t come with a side of rice! We sort of just assumed that all Thai food came with a side of jasmine rice.

Anyway, by the time we realized, we were already back at home with a movie ready to watch and Thai food ready to eat. But no rice. And can you even eat Thai food without rice? What a dilemma, right? It was entirely too late to walk allll the way down the street back to the restaurant (read: lazy) so I decided to make some jasmine rice in my instant pot instead. We chilled on the couch and started our movie and soon enough the rice was done. Dinner saved.

I was definitely a hero that night.

instant pot jasmine rice

The Key to Perfect Jasmine Rice:

I know there are a lot of jasmine rice recipes out there in the world, but I think my instant pot method is pretty great. I heat up oil and swirl it around the bottom of the pot, then I add rice, water and salt. So simple but so good.

  • rinse the rice until clear (helps remove some of the excess starch)
  • heat oil in the pot (to help keep the rice from sticking)
  • add equal parts rice and water and cook!

Can I Use Brown Jasmine Rice?

Yes! Follow the directions below but increase the cook time to 22 minutes. I’ve added this information in the notes section of the recipe card below.

instant pot jasmine rice

What to serve with jasmine rice:

Perfect Instant Pot Jasmine Rice

instant pot jasmine rice

Perfect Instant Pot Jasmine Rice

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  • 1 cup jasmine rice rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon oil of choice
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt adjust to taste


  • Rinse rice until the water runs clear.
  • Press the sauté button and allow the instant pot to heat up.
  • Add oil and once it’s hot, add rice, water and salt.
  • Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 4 minutes at high pressure.
  • Naturally release pressure for 10 minutes then open the valve to release any remaining pressure.
  • Fluff the rice and serve.


To cook Brown Jasmine Rice, follow the directions above but increase the cook time to 22 minutes.
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  1. Diana Hipsley says

    My basmati always turns out beautifu since I used yoour methhod & some good Indiain basmati. gave a taste to my neighbor & she loves it to. now to try Jasmine which is always gummy.

  2. Heather says

    5 stars
    All your rice recipes are great, including this one. I always double the recipes. I’ve never made rice as well as I do know. I’m even willing to make it for company now. 😁

  3. sarah says

    Hey Ashley,

    This worked out really well when I was in a similar pickle earlier today! I used the 3QT IP and with the smaller footprint/surface area I don’t think the full tablespoon of oil was necessary, but with the 6GT it would probably be perfect. I’m excited to try it out with the larger pot! Thanks for the recipe- the rice was perfectly chewy 🙂

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