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Instant Pot Black Rice

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Enjoy this nutritious, ancient grain with any meal and whip it up quickly! Instant Pot Black Rice is ready in half the amount of time compared to the stovetop method.

It’s an easy and healthier swap for regular white rice, which is one of the reasons why we love incorporating black rice into meals when we can. It even works great in sushi rolls.

Black rice in a bowl with chopsticks on the side.

If you like this recipe, you will like our Instant Pot Wild Blend Rice: Save some time and free up stovetop space by preparing our favorite Wild rice. It goes with everything from salads to soups to casseroles.

Our Instant Pot Black Rice recipe is:

  • gluten-free
  • ready in under 20 minutes
  • packed with nutrients
  • simple and versatile

Is Black Rice the Same as Forbidden rice?

Yes! In fact, black rice and forbidden rice (sometimes even called purple rice or the emperor’s rice) all refer to the many varieties of the dark-colored rice that is rich in antioxidants and nutrients.

Black rice gets its shade from anthocyanin pigment, the same type of pigment found in natural red, blue, and purple foods like blackberries, blueberries and red cabbage.

You will love the simplicity and flavor of this black rice recipe, which by the way, works for any kind of black rice!

Ingredients for Instant Pot Black Rice

Like many of our Instant Pot rice recipes, it’s an easy one. 😉 All you need are the following ingredients:

  • Black rice. This recipe is a great one for all varieties of black rice so don’t worry too much about what type you have.
  • Water. Just like any rice recipe, water is somewhat essential for this one. 😉 Feel free to swap in an equal amount of broth if you’d like to add a bit more flavor.
  • Salt. Don’t skip this simple seasoning as it adds just the right amount of flavor.

And of course, you’ll need an Instant Pot. It offers such a convenient way to prepare a variety of foods, and for more Instant Pot inspiration, check out these Instant Pot recipes!

ingredients needed for instant pot black rice

How to Cook Black Rice in the Instant Pot

For this Instant Pot rice, follow this simple process (and see all the details in the recipe at the bottom of the page):

Collage of four photos showing how to make Instant Pot black rice.
  1. Combine the ingredients: Add the rice, water (or broth) and salt to the inner pot of the Instant Pot. Secure the lid and make sure the valve is in the sealed position.
  2. Cook in the Instant Pot: Cook the black rice on high pressure for 18 minutes (if using glutenous black rice, increase to 21 minutes).
  3. Release the pressure: After the cook time, allow the Instant Pot to release pressure naturally for 10 minutes, then release the rest of the pressure manually.

Fluff up the rice and serve however you like!

This recipe works well with all types of black rice. We tested Forbidden black rice, Thai black rice, Japonica black rice, and glutenous black rice. The only difference was that a glutenous black rice needs a few more minutes of cook time.

black rice inside an instant pot.

Does Black Rice Need to be Rinsed?

Unlike many other rice varieties that require rinsing prior to use, black rice is different. Don’t worry about rinsing the rice beforehand. In fact, using it without rinsing allows the rice to retain more nutrients during the cook time. Another reason to love black rice!

Close up of a bowl of instant pot black rice.

We love the ease of this black rice recipe and know you will too! The Instant Pot is an efficient way to prepare black rice (or any kind of rice for that matter) and frees up some crucial stovetop space if you have other yummy dishes in the works.

Plus, it’s healthy, saves well, and one batch of black rice can be used in a variety of ways throughout the week!

Frequently Asked Questions:

What does black rice taste like?

Each variety of black rice has a slightly different flavor profile but they all have a slightly nutty, sweet flavor. Glutinous black rice tends to be sweeter and is often used in desserts.

How long does black rice keep?

If you store the rice in a dry, well-sealed container it can keep for up to two years. Once cooked, store it in the fridge for 3 to 5 days or in the freezer for 3 months.


  • Black Rice Salad with Tomatoes and Basil: This refreshing salad with light flavors makes a delicious side or main course! It’s a beautiful bowl of healthy, wholesome goodness that’s bursting with vibrant colors, textures and flavor.
  • Sweet Potato Kale Salad with Black Rice: Roasted sweet potatoes cubes and the warm flavors of cinnamon and cumin work well with black rice in this hearty salad. It is dressed up with a simple white balsamic vinaigrette for an epic combination!
  • Instant Pot Pork Fried Rice: This recipe is a time saver and you don’t need to use leftover rice. Start from dry rice for a quick and easy dinner.


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Close up of a bowl of instant pot black rice.

Instant Pot Black Rice

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Black rice cooks in half the time in an Instant Pot. This ancient grain makes a delicious side dish to any meal. Try swapping it for regular white rice for a healthier alternative. This recipe works with all types of black rice.


  • 1 cup black rice (see notes)
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Add the rice, water (or broth), and salt to the inner pot of the Instant Pot. 
  2. Secure the lid and make sure the valve is in the sealed position.
  3. Cook on high pressure for 18 minutes. (21 minutes for glutenous black rice)
  4. Allow the Instant Pot to release pressure for 10 minutes then release the rest of the pressure manually. 


  • This recipe works well with all types of black rice. We tested Forbidden black rice, Thai black rice, Japonica black rice, and glutenous black rice.
  • For glutenous black rice, increase the cooking time to 21 minutes.
  • You don’t need to rinse the black rice. It will actually retain more nutrients if you do not rinse it first. 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 51Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 142mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Friday 26th of February 2021

It turned out really perfectly fluffy! angiesrecipes

Dahn Boquist

Saturday 27th of February 2021

thanks Angie

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