Learn to make white jasmine rice in the instant pot in a few simple steps. It’s so simple, you won’t believe it – it’s every bit as easy as using a rice cooker. Jasmine rice is blended with water, then cooked for 5 minutes. You’ll have rice so light and fully, you won’t believe you didn’t have to do any of the work!
Do you love rice as much as me? White jasmine rice is definitely among my favorite varieties. It’s a long grain rice that is often used when cooking Asian dishes; Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Thai, and so many other cultures use jasmine rice because of its perfect texture and ability to soak up the flavors of the spices and sauces.
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What is white jasmine rice?
White jasmine rice is a type of rice known for its fragrant aroma, delicate flavor, and light, sticky texture. It’s a long-grain rice that originated in Thailand. It is named after the sweet fragrance of jasmine flowers; it seems to emit a similar smell when it cooks.
In this article, we’ll explore what jasmine rice is, its uses, the differences between white and brown jasmine rice, how to season it and what to serve with it. We’ll also share tips and helpful hints for storing rice, as well as answering some frequently asked questions.
What do I use white jasmine rice for?
White jasmine rice is very versatile. It’s used in so many different types of dishes! Here are some of the most common uses for jasmine rice:
- Stir-fry dishes with vegetables and meat
- Fried rice with eggs, vegetables, and meats
- Curries with vegetables, meats, or seafood
- Soups with vegetables and meats
What’s the difference between brown and white jasmine rice?
White jasmine rice, like all white rice, has had its outer husk, bran layer, and germ removed. While this removes a lot of the nutrient-dense part of the rice, it does result in a white, fluffy grain. Jasmine rice has a sweet flavor and unique fragrance while cooking.
Brown jasmine rice, on the other hand, still has the outer husk and bran layer intact. This makes it healthier and more nutritious than white rice. Brown jasmine rice has a nuttier flavor and feels a bit firmer when you bite into it.
How can I season jasmine rice?
Jasmine rice is quite nice on its own, but of course, we like to add seasoning to our rice from time to time. You can make yours a bit more flavorful simply by adding some salt and butter as it cooks.
To add some extra flavor to jasmine rice, you can add any of these things to the water (or in place of water) as your rice cooks. Choose depending on the type and flavors of the dish you’re cooking your rice with:
- chicken or vegetable stock – add 1/4 cup when cooking in place of 1/4 cup of water.
- Sweet basil
- Cayenne pepper
- Cajun seasoning
- Lemon pepper
- 2 cups white jasmine rice
- 2 cups water
How to Make
STEP ONE: Prep the rice. Rinse the rice under running water using your fingers to move the rice around until the water runs clear.
STEP TWO: Prep the Instant Pot. Place the rice into the Instant Pot. Add the water to the Instant Pot, making sure all rice is covered. Place the lid onto the Instant Pot and turn the valve to sealing.
STEP THREE: Cook. Turn the instant pot to high pressure and set it to 5 minutes. After the time is up, set a timer for 10 minutes and do a natural release. Once the time is up, turn to venting to release the rest of the pressure, and remove the lid.
STEP FOUR: Serve. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve with your favorite dish.
Tips and Helpful Notes:
- Rinse the rice before cooking to remove any dirt or debris. This also helps remove excess starch with results in fluffier, less sticky rice.
- Use a 1:2 ratio of rice to water for perfectly cooked rice.
- Once you put your water and rice in the pot, start cooking right away. You don’t want your rice to sit in the water for any extra time.
Can I double this recipe?
Yes, you can double or even triple this recipe, as long as your Instant Pot has the capacity. For every one portion of rice, add one equal portion of water. You can repeat this ratio in this way:
2 cups of rice : 2 cups of water
3 cups of rice : 3 cups of water
How to store leftover white jasmine rice?
You can store your leftover rice in the fridge, but after trying this method, I believe freezing your rice is best (even if you just want to use it the next day).
It’s because this is the best way to have the freshest-tasting rice that isn’t dry. Even one day in the fridge seems to dry out rice, but freezing it locks in the moisture. If you want to freeze your rice, here are the steps to follow:
- Place your portions of cooked rice in sealed Ziploc bags or airtight containers. Do this while it’s still hot and steaming if possible (so it retains its moisture).
- Allow it to cool at room temperature sealed, so the moisture and steam doesn’t escape.
- Place the containers in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Jasmine rice can also be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days if you prefer.
The question of health really comes down to the individual, so if you have dietary concerns, talk to your doctor about what you should and shouldn’t eat. But in general, white jasmine rice is a low-fat, very filling food. It’s high in carbs and has some protein, but it isn’t very nutrient dense.
What rice is a general term that refers to any rice that has had its outer husk, bran, and germ removed; this is also the difference between any brown and white rice. White jasmine rice in particular is a variety of long grain rice that originates in Thailand, and has a fragrant, sweet smell and flavor.
You cook jasmine rice for 5 minutes in the Instant Pot with a 10 minute release.
I use the manual setting on my Instant Pot, but you can also try your rice setting to see how it works. Because there are many varieties and brands of rice, the ‘rice’ setting may yield different results depending on the rice and liquid you place inside.
White Jasmine Rice Instant Pot
- 2 cups white jasmine rice
- 2 cups water
- Prep the rice. Rinse the rice under running water using fingers to move rice around until the water runs clear. Place into the instant pot. Add the water to the instant pot, making sure all rice is covered. Place the lid onto the instant pot and turn the valve to sealing.
- Prep the Instant Pot. Place the rice into the Instant Pot. Add the water to the Instant Pot, making sure all rice is covered. Place the lid onto the Instant Pot and turn the valve to sealing.
- Cook. Turn the instant pot to high pressure and set to 5 minutes. After the time is up set a timer for 10 minutes and do a natural release. Once the time is up turn to venting to release the rest of the pressure and remove the lid.
- Serve. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve with your favorite dish.