Brown and Red Rice: Instant Pot Recipe

Last updated on December 9th, 2021

Make perfect brown and red rice every time with this Instant Pot recipe. This method makes the best brown rice, red rice, or brown and red rice mixed together. It’s so simple: combine a few ingredients in an Instant Pot and the pressure cooker does all the work. Plus, it’s just as easy to cook large batches of rice, so you’ll always have some on hand for quick meal prep.

Cooked brown and red rice in a white bowl

Mixed Brown and Red Rice

Food boredom is a real thing, and it can hit hard on a gluten-free diet. While a variety of gluten-free foods are available, sometimes we get stuck in a food rut and head to the same safe-for-celiac meals over and over again.

One way to beat food boredom is to mix and match varieties of rice.

As long as varieties of rice have similar cook times, you can mix them together in an electric pressure cooker. For instance, red and brown rice both require the same amount of cooking time on the stovetop, so they’ll blend well in an Instant Pot.

dry brown rice and dry red rice close up

The manual to our Instant Pot lists the cook time for brown rice as 20 to 22 minutes, with no notes about quick release versus natural release of pressure. I worked with a base time of 20, 21, and 22 minutes, and 22 minutes yielded the best texture for our family.

When we cook rice on the stovetop we leave it covered to steam for at least 5 minutes before serving. The winning method for cooking rice in the Instant Pot (meaning it got a thumbs-up from our youngest) starts with the manufacturer’s recommended 22 minutes, and then reduces that by 5 minutes for steaming under natural release. If you have the time you could leave the rice to steam for 10 minutes, or even fully natural release.

What if the rice cook times are different?

If the cook time for types of rice is different, they will not cook well together. For instance, white rice is ready in much less time than it takes to cook brown or red rice, and black rice sometimes takes longer. In either case, part of the rice mixture will either lose its texture because it’s overdone, or it will be indigestible because it wasn’t cooked long enough.

If you want to mix rice varieties with different cook times, prepare them separately and then combine them at the end to serve.

Dry red rice, black rice, and brown rice in mason jars
The black rice pictured requires more time to cook than is needed for the red and brown rice.

Why do brown and red rice need less water in the Instant Pot than on the stovetop?

The rice-to-water ratio in this Instant Pot recipe is 1:1, which is noticeably less that the stovetop ratio. Brown and red rice take longer to cook than white rice, which means they require more water on the stove to account for evaporation. When you use a pressure cooker the lid seals to keep the steam inside, so there’s no need for the extra water.

Cook in Quantity Now to Save Time in the Long Run

We like to cook way more whole grains than we need for one meal, then freeze leftovers in airtight glass containers. It’s convenient to have servings ready to go when we need them.

It takes the same amount of time and effort to cook 1 cup, 2 cups, or even 3 cups of rice in an Instant Pot, and cooking more at one time is easier than preparing whole grains every day.

mixed dry brown and red rice: close up

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Recipe Notes:

Starchy foods like rice sometimes sputter hot liquid out of the pressure valve when the steam is released. Add oil to stop the splatter and avoid a potentially dangerous mess.

For more variety to stave off food boredom, build up the flavor by replacing water with broth for the cooking liquid.

Cooked brown and red rice in a white bowl

How to Cook Brown and Red Rice in an Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups brown rice
  • 1½ cups red rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Directions

Rinse brown and red rice in a sieve with cold water until water runs clear.

Combine water, oil, and rice in the inner pot. Be sure the rice is submerged for even cooking.

Close and lock the lid. Select PRESSURE COOK and HIGH PRESSURE for 18 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes for the pressure to build before the timer starts.

Allow steam to naturally release for 5 minutes, then quick release any residual pressure before removing the lid.

Gently fluff the rice and serve warm.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for 6 months.

MAKES 9 (1-CUP) SERVINGS

Brown and Red Rice: Instant Pot Recipe

Make perfect brown and red rice every time with this Instant Pot recipe. This method makes the best brown rice, red rice, or brown and red rice mixed together. It’s so simple: add a few ingredients to the pot and the Instant Pot does all the work. Plus, it’s just as easy to cook large batches of rice, so you’ll always have some on hand for quick meal prep.
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Mediterranean, Mexican
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Lactose, Low Salt, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 9 (1-cup) servings
Calories: 215kcal
Author: Liz • Grateful GF

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • cups brown rice
  • cups red rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Directions

  • Rinse brown and red rice in a sieve with cold water until water runs clear.
  • Combine water, oil, and rice in the inner pot. Be sure the rice is submerged for even cooking.
  • Allow steam to naturally release for 5 minutes, then quick release any residual pressure before removing the lid.
  • Allow steam to naturally release for 5 minutes, then quick release any residual pressure before removing the lid.
  • Gently fluff the rice and serve warm.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for 6 months.

Notes

Starchy foods like rice sometimes sputter hot liquid out of the pressure valve when pressure is released. Adding oil will stop the splatter and avoid a potentially dangerous mess.
For more variety to stave off food boredom, build up the flavor by replacing water with broth for the cooking liquid.

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