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Simple Asian Rice – Instant Pot Recipe

Asian Rice Instant Pot recipe makes a saucy flavorful rice that’s moist and tender and cooks in only 15 minutes. This delicious simple rice makes a quick and easy side to any meal.

Top view of sauced brown rice in a brown bowl garnished with green onion. Chop sticks sit to the side.

This simple Asian Rice Recipe cooks up tender and so flavorful.

Using Brown Rice assures the recipe is saucy and delicious but never mushy.

Our Instant Pot makes this simple Asian Brown Rice recipe perfectly cooked in only 15 minutes.

We’ve always loved rice, especially with the Asian dishes we make at home.

Before we had our instant pot, we would have to start our rice to make sure it was cooked in time to serve it with our meal, at least 45 minutes.

Top down view of a bowl filled with saucy brown rice garnished with sliced green onion.

The first time we made rice in the instant pot was for our instant pot Chicken and Rice recipe.

We haven’t made it any other way since, regardless of the variety of rice that we use.

What kind of rice is Asian Rice?

It depends on where the dish comes from such as in Thailand you may get Jasmine rice or Basmati in India.

The most common variety is Koshihikari rice (or Koshi rice) in Japan, a white, polished short grain. It’s stickier than other varieties of rice.

My rule is to make what you like, and most of the time it’s brown rice for us. The rest of the time we use a wild rice blend. They’re delicious, versatile, and easy to access for us.

Best of all, they all cook up beautifully in the instant pot.

Side view of a bowl of Asian Brown Rice garnished with Green onion.

Simple Asian Rice Ingredients

  • Rice – We used brown rice but use what you like.
  • Onion – Yellow onion is what we used. You can use a white or sweet onion too.
  • Fresh Ginger – We keep ginger in the freezer and grate it as we need it.
  • Fresh Garlic
  • Vegetable Broth – You can use beef or chicken stock or broth too. We use low sodium broth.
  • Soy Sauce – Low sodium is what we prefer.
  • Crushed Red Pepper – Provides a nice little heat without changing the flavor of the dish.
  • Green onion – Fresh scallions add a delicious texture as well as an eye-pleasing garnish.

Tip: Whenever we use soy sauce we go for the low sodium variety. The sodium level in this recipe is more than double when you use broth and soy sauce that aren’t low sodium.

Note: We’ve always used a 2:1 ratio of liquid to rice when making rice in our Instant Pot. Some readers have stated that their rice came out soupy. If this is your experience, use a 1:1 ratio. The equipment and the variety of rice that we use can make a difference, and we want you to be successful with any of our recipes so value your comments. Together we are better!

How to make Asian Rice

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in the instant pot.
  2. Secure the lid and set the vent to seal.
  3. Press the manual button and set the pressure at high for 15 minutes.
  4. Once the time has expired, allow the pot to naturally release for 10 minutes and then push the vent open. Use a wooden spoon to prevent steam burns.
  5. Stir and serve.
Top down view of a bowl filled with saucy brown rice garnished with sliced green onion.

What to serve Asian Brown Rice with

My answer would be anything. However, here are some of our favorite recipes!


You don’t need much to make this Asian Rice Recipe. Just an Instant Pot. It took me a while to use mine but once I did, I use it a lot. It’s great on busy days or those days when we forget to take something out of the freezer.

The instant pot also frees up our stove and oven when space is a premium.

We love Asian food. You can find all of our Asian recipes here.

Still looking for Rice Recipes? Here are a few more

Pin this Instant Pot Asian Rice!

Two photo collage for Pinterest. The top photo is a top angled photo of a bowl of Asian Rice garnished with green onion in a brown bowl. The bottom photo is a close-up showing the saucy rice garnished with fresh green onion.

Once you try our Asian Rice Recipe, I don’t think you’ll cook it any other way! What is your favorite rice recipe?

3/4 view of a black bowl of saucy brown rice garnished with green onion

Simple Asian Rice – Instant Pot Recipe

Author: Julie Menghini
Asian Rice Instant Pot Recipe makes a saucy flavorful rice that's moist and tender and cooks in 15 minutes. This simple rice dish makes a delicious side to any meal
4.85 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Natural release 1 min
Total Time 26 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Asian
Keyword: Instant Pot Rice, Rice Recipe
Servings: 6



  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1 tsp ginger fresh grated
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 2 cups vegetable broth 14.5 oz can, low sodium
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce low-sodium
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper


  • Add all of the ingredients to the instant pot.
  • Secure the lid and set the vent to seal. Use the manual (or pressure) function set to high and set the time for 15 minutes.
  • Once the time is met, let the instant pot manually release for 10 minutes. Release any additional pressure by moving the vent to venting. I use a wooden spoon to prevent steam burns.
  • Stir and serve.


Calories: 132kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 357mgPotassium: 123mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 25IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Recipe Rating


Saturday 24th of September 2022

Flavor is good however next time I'll just make it on my stovetop. Mine came out very mushy in the insta pot.

Julie Menghini

Sunday 25th of September 2022

Thanks, Tasha. Will you tell me what kind of rice you used. I'm curious because my rice doesn't and I want to make any clarifications for my readers.

Harley Jane

Monday 8th of August 2022

I made this in my rice cooker on the brown rice setting. It took about 40 minutes but came out perfectly. I added a teaspoon of sesame oil and a teaspoon of rice vinegar for some extra flavor.

Julie Menghini

Tuesday 9th of August 2022

Thank you for the tip! I don't own a rice cooker but I'm sure some people in our community do. I love the addition of sesame oil and rice vinegar too.

Evie schulte

Friday 18th of March 2022

I baked a 3lb. Cornbeef on 325 for 3 hours covered little water on bottom of rack and it is very tuff help


Tuesday 25th of January 2022

Soupy salty too much soy and why underdone My wife hated it, said it was the worst rice she ever had. , and it reminded me of the lousy rice my mother made me when I was a kid and have had a hard time liking rice since. I should have known there was a problem with this cook when she stated that people are saying it is a bit soupy so she halved the amount of water. Really? From a more reputable site it was calling for about a 1 1/4 water to 1 cup rice recipe and then cooking it for 25 minutes and not 15. Maybe you can cook white rice for 15, but not brown rice.

Julie Menghini

Thursday 27th of January 2022

I've never had a problem cooking brown or white rice 2:1 in the IP for 15 minutes and a 10-minute natural release.


Monday 26th of July 2021

The us was very soupy as well as salty. All my Instant Pot recipes use a ratio of one cup water to one cup rice...I should have reduced the broth to one cup. Will try again with some tweaks.

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 28th of July 2021

I'm sorry it didn't work for you, Kay! I always use the 2:1 liquid rice ratio and have never had an issue. I hope you'll let me know if it works with one cup of broth. I'll make note of this in the recipe for our readers. Thank you!