Pressure Cooked Rice vs Boiled Rice
Cooking rice by boiling it on the hob is one of those so-called simple little tasks that often go wrong. Many people have their own tried and tested methods, but some of these can be questionable, and most of us have at some time burnt the rice, overcooked it, or added too much water and so it resembles a lumpy mess. When compared, pressure cooked rice vs boiled rice, boiling is a hassle. It can fill the kitchen with steam, and even if you rinse the rice with boiling water after cooking, this is not always enough to bring it back to edible!
Also, there are different types of rice available for different types of food. White long grain rice, basmati, brown rice, and wild rice – we all want perfect light, fluffy rice with every grain separated, but sadly for many people, this is just not easy or even possible when cooking on the hob.
We have to say now that we love pressure cooked rice! Cooking rice in your pressure cooker is easy and fast, and if you follow a couple of simple rules, the results are always perfect. All Instant Pot multi-function pressure cookers have a rice button, and according to many customers, the rice cooking function is one of the features they use most. So how do you do it?
First up, whatever type of rice you are using, it is a good idea to rinse it first to remove starch so that your rice will not become gluey. Once the water runs clear, it is ready.
Different types of rice varieties cook at different times. If you are using an Instant Pot, you can check this out on the App or website. In general, it takes around 3 minutes to pressure cook rice, although depending on the type, there can be some variation. You should cook it on high pressure and then let the pot cool down naturally (for 10 minutes), then using the quick-release pressure function before opening the lid.
Alternatively, you can cook white rice at low pressure for about 10 minutes. Brown rice, which is more time consuming because it is harder, may need 20 minutes on high pressure.
As with all methods of cooking rice, you do have a choice of options when pressure cooking rice. The easiest way is simply to follow the instructions provided by the pressure cooker information.
Because of the cooling time, cooking rice in the pressure cooker does not actually save you much time. You could just get your saucepan and cook it on the hob in a time-honored way. However, it is not easy to get perfect rice every time, and because so many people struggle with it, pressure cooking is undoubtedly the more comfortable option.
In our opinion, the rice button on the pressure cooker is one of the most useful functions. Results are always good; it is straightforward, and if you want perfect rice every time and don’t want the hassle of yet another kitchen appliance, cooking rice in your pressure cooker is the way to go.