Pressure Cooker Forbidden Black Rice

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Forbidden black rice is a superfood. It has more antioxidants than blueberries with less sugar and more fiber. It has the nutty flavor of brown rice, but retains more of its nutrient-rich outer shell than brown rice.

Pressure Cooker Black Rice prepared with limes and an Instant Pot in the background

According to legend, black rice was grown only for the emperors of ancient China and was called forbidden rice, because it was off limits to the general public. I bought my rice at the bulk food section at Winco, so it’s no longer off limits to the masses. I recently had a reader ask me about the cook time for black rice, so I decided to give it a try.

A small bowl and spoonful of Black Rice, ready to go in the pressure cooker / InstaPot

Making Forbidden Black Rice in an Instant Pot

An Instant Pot is one of the most popular brands of electric pressure cookers. They are easy to use and your Instant Pot can help you create this delicious Forbidden Black Rice!

The cook time for black rice is the same as brown rice in the pressure cooker. If you like the nutty flavor and chewy texture of brown rice, you’ll like black rice. I really enjoyed it, like the added healthy benefits, and it definitely adds drama to the plate.

Black rice after pressure cooking in the Instant Pot, inside the cooking pot with a wooden spoon for stirring

You can easily half or double (and triple) this recipe without changing the cook time. Plus, in the Instant pot there is no need to soak forbidden rice. 

I served my forbidden rice with an easy orange chicken (I’ll post the recipe on Barbara Bakes on Friday) and steamed broccoli. I’ve also got a Black Rice Pudding recipe in the works.

Have you tried black rice yet?

A white bowl full of Pressure Cooker Black Rice, shot from above, with an Instant Pot and limes in the background

Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Forbidden Black Rice

Forbidden Black Rice

Yield: 6 cups


  • 2 cup black rice
  • 2 3/4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Combine the rice, water, oil and salt in the pressure cooker pot. Lock the lid in place and select High Pressure and 22 minutes cook time. When beep sounds turn off pressure cooker and use a natural pressure release for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes release any remaining pressure with a quick pressure release.

When valve drops, carefully remove lid tilting it away from you. Fluff rice with a fork.

Pressure Cooker / InstaPot Black Rice garnished with limes and sesame seeds, served on a napkin with a fork

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Quick Coconut Rice
Chipotle’s Cilantro Lime Rice
Lemon Rice

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