Instant Pot Calrose Rice

Rice on a brown plate topped with coriander leaves on a green map

No more mushy, gooey, or hard medium grain Calrose Rice!

Using this Instant Pot Calrose Rice you can get the perfect rice quick and easily!

Rice on a brown plate topped with coriander leaves on a green map

Easy Peazy to make in only 15 minutes using your Instant Pot pressure cooker.

Calrose isn't pretty much as generally known as basmati or earthy colored rice, however, it's actually valued for its delicate, tacky surface.

This side dish is vegan and vegetarian and all you need is rice and water.

What is Calrose Rice?

Calrose Rice originated in California.

The name "rose" indicates medium grain shape and "cal" indicates California origin.

Calrose Rice once cooked is soft and sticky.

Instant Pot Calrose Rice Recipe Video  

Why Calrose Rice?

We look for certain things in rice which includes:

  1. Evenly cooked which means tender through the center yet has a nice mouthfeel.
  2. Remain intact, separated, slightly sticky, but not mushy or gooey
  3. Dry rice with a bit of moisture, not soggy or wet.

How to serve? 

Just like many Instant Pot Rice recipes, this one can absorb the flavors perfectly, it goes well with soups, stews and even sushi.

Some ideas:

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Instant Pot Broccoli Soup

Can I add oil or butter?

I did not add any butter or oil, but you can add about a tablespoon of oil while cooking the rice.

Is Calrose Rice healthy?

Like all other types of white rice, medium-grain Calrose rice is high in carbohydrates.

Rice is best to eat in moderation as a side dish.

Can I make it ahead of time?

Of course, just store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. You can also freeze it in small portions for up to 6 months.

How to make

Gather the two magical ingredients.

Instant Pot Calrose Rice

Always rinse the rice before using it.

Instant Pot Calrose Rice

Now add rice into the pot.

Instant Pot Calrose Rice

Pour in some water so that our rice doesn't get burnt.

You can also add oil or butter instead.

Instant Pot Calrose Rice

Cover the Instant Pot and set it to High Pressure for 5 minutes.

Once done, do a quick release.

Instant Pot Calrose Rice

Dish out your rice and serve as you wish 🙂

Basic Instant Pot Rice Recipes

Instant Pot Jasmine Rice

Instant Pot Sushi Rice

Instant Pot Basmati Rice

Instant Pot Rice A Roni

Instant Pot Yellow Rice

Instant Pot Brown Rice

Instant Pot Congee

Rice on a brown plate topped with coriander leaves on a green map

Instant Pot Calrose Rice

This easy and simple recipe makes a bowl of perfectly cooked calrose rice in Instant Pot.
4.89 from 18 votes
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Course: dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Instant Pot Calrose Rice, rice
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Corrie


  • 1 cup calrose rice rinsed
  • 1 ¼ cup water divided


  • Add water and rice into the Instant Pot.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • When cooking time ends, do a quick pressure release.
  • Dish out rice and serve 🙂


Calories: 675kcal Carbohydrates: 148g Protein: 13g Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 24mg Potassium: 213mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 1g Calcium: 61mg Iron: 1mg


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