I’ve mentioned a lot on the blog how big of a fan I am of the Ninja Foodi. It’s my go to when it comes to an all in one appliance so today I’m going to teach you how to cook brown rice in the Ninja Foodi.
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Cooking Rice in The Ninja Foodi
The question is often asked, “Can you cook rice in the pressure cooker?” and the answer is YES!
I love it because it’s such a simple way to cook rice that you have going while you meal prep other items for the week. You’re going to love this method.
What is the Ninja Foodi?
Instant Pot vs Ninja Foodi: Which One Is The Best?
The Ninja Foodi is a multi cooking appliance that does it all. All these appliances are built into one device:
- Pressure cooker
- Air fryer
- Slow cooker
- Dehydrator (only on specific models)
- Rice cooker
You can steam, bake, saute/sear, broil, and more.
I personally love that I can pressure cook a whole chicken and then crisp up the skin after using the air crisper.
When I bought my Foodi, I was able to sell my Instant Pot, multiple air fryers (I had three from different brands), and the slow cooker. It cleared my cupboard space, which is nice for someone like me who is short on storage.
I bought mine here on Amazon and when asked, I always point family and friends to the Foodi. It’s highly regarded in my household.
How much water do I need for pressure cooking rice?
Although most rice is done with a 2:1 ratio (two cups water per 1 cup rice), I found my rice to be swimming when I was using the pressure cooker.
I checked the Ninja Foodi guidelines and it’s recommended to use 1 1/4 cups of water.
Ninja Foodi Rice Cooking Times
Each variety of rice is a little different but here are the main suggestions from Ninja:
- Jasmine Rice: 1 cup water per 1 cup rice, pressure cook for 2-3 minutes. 10-minute natural release, then vent.
- Wild Rice: 1 cup water per 1 cup rice, pressure cook for 22 minutes. 10-minute natural release, then vent.
- White Rice (medium grain): 1 cup water per 1 cup rice, pressure cook for 3 minutes. 10-minute natural release, then vent.
- White Rice (long grain): 1 cup water per 1 cup rice, pressure cook for 2 minutes. 10-minute natural release, then vent.
- Basmati Rice: 1 cup water per 1 cup rice, pressure cook for 2 minutes. 10-minute natural release, then vent.
Why Do I Have to Use Natural Release with Rice?
It’s suggested to use natural release when cooking rice because the rice could get stuck inside the inner rice.
Natural release means the pressure comes down itself, releasing the steam and pressure gradually.
How to Cook Brown Rice in The Ninja Foodi
This Ninja Foodi rice recipe should work just the same in the Instant Pot or any pressure cooker.
I love these method because it’s just so easy, add the ingredients, seal and walk away.
As I mentioned earlier, this is a meal prep must have.
Tip: Add broth (chicken, beef, or vegetable if you’re vegan or vegetarian) to add flavor to the rice.
More Healthy Ninja Foodi Recipes:
- 40 Healthy Ninja Foodi Recipes
- 25 Healthy Ninja Foodi Chicken Recipes
- Ninja Foodi Pesto Whole Roast Chicken Recipe
- Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls Recipe
- Pot Roast Soup in the Ninja Foodi (Pressure Cooker and Slow Cooker Option)
- How to Make Bone Broth in The Ninja Foodi in 1 Hour
Ninja Food Rice
- 1 cup brown rice
- 1 1/2 cup water or broth for extra flavor
- 1 teaspoon salt
- After rinsing the brown rice (to get the dirt off it, rice is super dirty) add the rice, water, and salt to the Ninja Foodi.
- Put on the lid, seal, and set the pressure to high for 15 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes and then turn the valve to release the rest (it will only take a few seconds).
- Fluff with a fork! Voila!
The nutrition information is calculated using a third party resource. The accuracy varies on the brands used, weight, portions, etc. This resource should be used as a guide. If you want more accurate information, weigh in grams and log in MFP.
Jim Stinson says
Took ten minutes of reading to get to the recipe. And then cooked my rice to mush by following recipe.
Glad I was only cooking it to add to dog food!
I haven’t had this problem before. May I ask what kind of rice you were using? If you were using short grain or minute rice, this could happen.
I made three cups and it was way too mushy.
Good to know Laura. Did you use long grain or short grain brown rice?
How would you adjust the time for a half batch?
I’m sorry I missed your comment. I would keep it the same, but I haven’t tested that either. Let me know how it works.