Easiest Way to Cook and Steam Rice in a Pressure Cooker

Tired of having burnt, undercooked or overcooked rice anytime you prepare this important dish? Various methods such as rice cookers, stovetop rice and rice in the oven promise perfect rice but nothing beats a pressure cooker. A pressure cooker is the key to making the best rice even when you are in a rush while offering you convenience. It will give you fragrant and fluffy rice in no time. So, wondering how to cook and steam rice in a pressure cooker for best results? Keep reading to find out.

Why Rice May Fail to Cook Properly?​

  • Adding too much water in the cooker – this results into sticky and mushy rice
  • Adding inadequate water – you will have burnt, hard or chewy rice and sometimes overcooked rice
  • Undercooked thereby resulting into too watery rice
  • Stirring it in all directions very frequently – it may become very mushy

The secret however to avoiding such mishaps is to ensure you use proper water to rice ratios and allow for only the recommended cooking time. You also need to consider the type of rice you are using because every rice grain is different.

Cooking and Steaming Rice in a Pressure Cooker​

There are so many ways to make rice with the best rice pressure cooker. The easiest method which is widely used because of its ability to produce perfect results is the one which the rice grain goes right into the cooker. This method uses 3 to 7 minutes and your rice is ready. This cooking time however depends on the type of rice grain you are cooking. Some rice grains will take only three minutes to cook properly while others will take five or even seven minutes to be ready. Here are the techniques for preparing this yummy dish.


  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of white rice
  • 1 1/2 cups of plain water


  • Pour your rice and water into the pressure cooker. Add the oil to the mixture for flavor and lock the lid on securely by fastening the handle of the cover to the handle for the cooker’s body.
  • Place the pressure cooker on the burner. The burner should be set to high heat until the cooker indicates high-pressure when the heat should be lowered for three minutes for constant pressure.
  • Turn off the burner after three minutes and allow the dish to rest in the pressure cooker for at least 10 minutes. This is to allow the built-in steam to cook your rice completely. Steaming ensures no rawness in the dish.
  • Allow for the pressure built-up inside the cooker to release naturally. Your rice will continue cooking as the pressure is being released.
  • Fluff your perfectly prepared rice with a fork and serve while still hot with whatever gravy or servings you like.

Forget about mushy, burnt or hard rice. With this easy to follow method on cooking and steaming rice in a pressure cooker, you can now cook your rice like a pro in no time.

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