How To Cook Brown Rice in a Pressure Cooker

A pressure cooker is a highly useful kitchen appliance that can make your life deliciously simple. With the rising popularity, it has succeeded to catch the attention of many home cooks and experienced chefs. As passionate omnivores, we found a pressure cooker highly beneficial in our kitchen. Satisfying our meat cravings while maintaining a healthy diet with veggies, soups and nutritious stews became easy-breezy.

Moreover, it can cook meals in such a short time that using it can help anyone to adopt a relaxed lifestyle. However, pressure cookers aren’t only to prepare time-consuming recipes. You can easily use it to cook simple meals or even for side dishes. From savory dishes to mouthwatering desserts, the possibility to use your pressure cooker is endless.

Thus, we have created this simple yet detailed guide for you to know how to cook brown rice in a pressure cooker.

Brown rice: The champion of nutrients

Us, Americans have never been shy to try out various delicacies of global cuisine. As a consequence, rice has become a part of our daily diet. Nevertheless, if you are passionate to follow a healthy diet, you should adopt the habit to consume brown rice. The generous amount of B vitamins, phosphorus, and magnesium makes the brown rice full of nutrients. Also, being high in fiber, gluten-free and low in calories are some of the added bonus. So, let’s start your pressure cooking journey with cooking brown rice.

Cooking in a pressure cooker

Cooking in a pressure cooker

Pressure Cooking

Before anything else, you need to get familiar with your pressure cooker and the process of pressure cooking. Remember that whenever you cook something in your pressure cooker, the food will be cooked on steam pressure. For better understanding, notice the inside of your appliance. It is actually a sealed pot which has a valve to control that steam pressure.

The liquid (such as water, broth, etc.) of the recipe creates the steam after you heat up your pressure cooker. Over time, this pressure of the steam starts to rise, and it can increase the liquid’s boiling point up to 250° Fahrenheit(general boiling point of water while cooking is 212° Fahrenheit). That is why your food gets cooked faster.

Let’s Get Started

“Food is not just eating energy. It's an experience.”

- Guy Fieri

An excellent cooking experience starts with the correct preparation of the cooking ingredients. Sadly, a lot of home cooks ignore the first step of the preparation process which is to wash the raw ingredients.

  • Almost every kind of rice requires thorough cleaning before cooking. This is necessary so you can get rid of the extra starch. Additionally, rice may contain harmful contaminants and pesticides that are usually used during farming. By rinsing the rice, you will remove your possibility to get sick with food contaminations. Nevertheless, you need to check the information given on the packet of brown rice before or after your purchase. The reason to do so is the rice of some specific brands does not need to be cleaned before cooking.  
  • Suppose the directions on the packaging aren’t very comprehensible, go ahead and rinse your rice. The goal is to clean the rice until the water begins to look transparent. Use a strainer if you want to speed up the rinsing process.
  • You can use a bowl or the cooker pot to rinse the brown rice too. To do that, place the rice in the bowl and fill it with water. Please note that you need to keep the water level over the rice. Then, stir it till the water turns white. Next, drain the water by slightly tilting the bowl. Practice using the palm of your hand to catch the falling grains while doing that. Repeat this method until the water turns clear as much as possible. 
  • If you are done with the cleaning, congratulations. Your rice is ready to be cooked in the pressure cooker. In addition to this, you can make the cooking process faster by soaking the rice beforehand. Hence, soak the rice for at least 30 minutes before you begin the cooking.

Electric Pressure Cooker Brown Rice

Cooking brown rice in electric pressure cooker

Brown rice in electric pressure cooker

Cooking brown rice is very easy if you know how to properly prepare it in your pressure cooker.  Otherwise, you will end up with burnt rice or rice that are super mushy. To avoid these mistakes, make sure that you use the right brown rice to water ratio.

  • You have to choose the measurements of rice and water ratio depending on the size of the grain. If you are using long-grain brown rice, for one cup of rice use 1 ¼ cups of water. For short-grain brown rice, using 1 ½ cups of water with one cup of rice is appropriate.
  • To cook the brown rice, start by adding water, rice, and salt (according to your taste) in your pressure cooker pot. Please note that we are using an electric pressure cooker for this recipe.
  • Place the lid on and lock it. Pressure cooker brown rice (we cooked two cups) takes 22 minutes to prepare on high pressure. After the pressure cooker turns off with a beep sound, use the natural pressure release for around 20 minutes. In case you want to have your rice quicker, just use the natural pressure release for 10 minutes followed by a quick pressure release.
  • Focus on the valve and as it drops, take the lid off by tilting it away from your face and hands. Finally, fluff the rice with a fork before serving. Perfectly cooked brown rice has a nutty flavor and chewy texture.

Quick Pressure Release and Natural Pressure Release

Natural release vs quick release in pressure cooker

Natural release vs Quick release in Pressure Cooker

It is essential to know about the different types of pressure release system as you are gonna need them in every pressure cooker recipe.

  • To use a quick pressure release, you have to turn the pressure release switch to a venting position. This leads to the steam being released swiftly after the cooking time is over. As a result, a strong jet of the steam comes out of the pressure release valve.
  • After the steam comes out, the float valve drops and the lid gets unlocked so you can open it. Remember, the pressure cooker won’t open till all the steam gets out and the float valve drops. This is for your own safety.
  • For natural pressure release, keep the pressure release switch in the sealed position after the cooking time is over. This causes the steam to get released slowly. During this, you don’t have to do anything.
  • After the pressure release is fully complete, the float valve drops and the lid gets unlocked. Then you can open the top and take your food out.

Never underestimate the nourishing power of a bowl of warm brown rice. It will fill your stomach while providing useful nutrients. And combined with the pressure cooker, you can add it into your daily meals without a second thought. So, try out this easy recipe to grasp how to cook brown rice in a pressure cooker in no time at all.