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Add This One Ingredient To Make The Best Rice Ever

Rice may not always be the star of your meal, but this brilliant hack will ensure your rice never gets upstaged!

Not only is rice one of the simplest things to cook, but it also makes a great side dish to just about any food. Many of my go-to quick and easy recipes are something I can serve over or with rice, so I’m no stranger to the various methods that are out there for cooking it!

I thought I knew everything there was to know about rice, until recently when I learned a brilliant “rice hack” that produced some of the best rice I’ve ever made! This hack is so breathtakingly simple that I am stumped as to how I didn’t think of it on my own.

I’m hoping that at least a few of you are in the same boat as I was, because I’ll be sharing this life-changing rice discovery with you in today’s post!

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The Secret To Making The Best Rice

Plain steamed rice has a pretty neutral flavor, which is part of what makes it such a versatile food. When served as a side dish or used as a meal’s starchy base, people tend to focus more on adding flavor after the rice has been cooked.

That’s what I did too, until I discovered that the secret to making the best tasting rice lies in what you add to it before you’ve cooked it!

The big secret is cooking rice in chicken broth instead of water. Changing the cooking liquid doesn’t affect how the rice cooks, but it does have a huge effect on the flavor! The savory flavors of the stock get infused into the finished rice, making it much more flavorful than rice cooked in plain water. How simple is that?

But chicken broth isn’t the only way to punch up the flavor of your rice. You can also use chicken stock, vegetable broth or stock, or any other kind of broth or stock you like. If you don’t usually keep broths or stocks on hand, it’s easy to whip some up using a bouillon base like Better Than Bouillon.

Just stir a small amount of the concentrated paste or powder into hot water to make flavorful broth whenever you need it! (You can also make your own homemade broth from scratch, which is much easier than it sounds! Learn how to do it at the link below.)

Related: How To Make Homemade Chicken Stock The Lazy Way

Instant Pot Rice Four Ways

I’ve been cooking rice in my Instant Pot since I first bought it, and I’ve never gone back to the stovetop method! It couldn’t be easier and it turns out perfect every time. Here’s how to make Instant Pot rice, along with four tasty ways to jazz up the basic recipe with additional flavors.

Basic Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth/stock (or vegetable broth/stock)

Additions For Mexican Rice:

Additions For Indian-style Basmati Rice:

Additions For Cheesy Parmesan Rice:

  •  1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Additions For Simple Pesto Rice:


Rinse your rice and add it to your Instant Pot along with an equal amount of chicken broth (or other cooking liquid of your choice.)

Replace the lid, then cook with the Pressure Cook or Manual function on High Pressure for 4 minutes. When the timer goes off, allow 10 minutes of Natural Release.

After 10 minutes, turn the Quick Release valve to release any remaining pressure from the pot. Fluff the rice with a fork, then serve and enjoy your perfectly cooked, flavorful rice!

What’s your favorite way to cook or eat rice?

Easy Instant Pot Rice Four Ways

Jill Nystul
This brilliant "hack" will give you some of the best-tasting rice you’ve ever tasted…and it couldn't be more simple! Try it for yourself, along with several easy variations you can make in your Instant Pot.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 mins
Slow Release: 10 mins
Total Time 14 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 253 kcal


  • 2 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups rice

Mexican Rice:

  • 1 tbsp diced onion sauteed
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp tomato bouillon

Indian-style Basmati Rice:

  • 2 cups coconut milk  in place of chicken/veggie stock
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Cheesy Parmesan Rice:

  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Simple Pesto Rice:

  • 1 tbsp pesto


  • Just rinse your rice and add it to your Instant Pot, along with an equal amount of your cooking liquid of choice.
  • Cook on High Pressure for 4 minutes
  • Allow for 10 minutes or natural pressure release.
  • After that, turn the Quick Release valve to let out any remaining steam, and enjoy your perfectly cooked and flavorful rice!


Calories: 253kcal
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