Confession: it has taken me a Loonnnnggg while to figure out the perfect rice.
Rice on the stove never came out the right constancy. So then I got an appliance made specifically for cooking rice and that missed the mark again…while I could get a decent final product, I always had to waste a thick layer on the bottom of the pot to achieve that end.
Then I got an Instapot! I had heard so many things about perfect rice from the Instapot and in an effort to minimize unnecessary clutter in my kitchen, almost immediately got rid of my rice cooker.
And then the Instapot proved an issue for me as well. My rice always came out a sticky, globby mess! Yuck! Yuck! Yuck!
Of course I regretted my decision to purge the rice cooker — even though I had to waste some to get some I always had something I could work with.
So I tried and I tried and I tried and I tried with the Instapot.
Each time failing.
Confession #2: I finally achieved the perfect rice via Instapot BUT I wasn’t the one to get it figured out.
She gave me the inside scoop – which I share with you today – and it’s spot on. I’ve not tossed a batch of rice since!
Tip: consider making your rice in big batches.
I like to look ahead at my week and determine which meals will need some rice and cook it all at once. An over night (or few days) in the fridge further help the consistency in my opinion…and anything leftover from my big batch I put in the freezer. Cooked rice freezes and thaws well and is super handy in those moments when you don’t have the time to make it fresh! Even using the Instapot requires a chunk of time….
Perfect Rice: Instapot Style
- Add rice and water to Instapot1:1 to 1:1.5 ratio (rice:water)*I add my water 1:1 and then a little extra. For example, 3 cups of rice to 3.5 (or 4) cups of water. I like to think of it as a "heaping" measurement of water…even though water can't "heap".
- Lock lid and set to manual cook:Brown Rice: 24 minutesWhite Rice: 12 minutes
- Allow cooker to depressurize on it's own
- Fluff up rice and it's ready to use (or tuck in fridge/freezer)