This Instant Pot Coconut Rice Pudding tastes like a pina colada, thanks to smooth coconut milk, creamy arborio rice, and sweet pineapple. Don’t forget the whipped cream and coconut for a tropical dessert treat!
I don’t know about you, but we’ve been dreaming about a trip to the Caribbean lately. And when we think tropical, we always start craving piña coladas. That’s why we decided to turn one of our favorite Instant Pot desserts into a sweet, creamy tropical treat for summer.
❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe: Rice pudding is so easy to make in an Instant Pot. It’s comforting, and this pina colada twist makes the dish bright and summery.
Update: We’ve updated our classic coconut rice pudding recipe with tips to make sure your dessert is as satisfying and sunny as a pina colada on the beach.
How to Make Coconut Rice Pudding in the Instant Pot
Rice pudding is quick and easy to make in the pressure cooker. It’s also the perfect comfort food: sweet, smooth, and creamy. Using arborio rice creates a creamy pudding without using cream.
Arborio rice is the key to making the creamiest rice pudding. It softens up without turning to mush and absorbs the coconut flavor perfectly. You can find arborio in most grocery stores in the rice department.
We like to go all-in with the tropical cocktail vibe when serving this rice pudding. Toasted coconut, a dollop of whipped cream, and maraschino (or fresh!) cherries make fun toppings.
I also love the added texture of the toasted coconut in the pudding too, so why not mix some in?
Dairy-Free Rice Pudding
You can easily adapt this recipe to make it dairy free. Simply replace the milk with more coconut milk.
Instead of the whipped cream on top, make coconut whipped cream:
- Chill a can of full-fat coconut milk in the fridge overnight.
- Scoop the solidified part of the coconut milk into an electric mixer, along with a tablespoon or two of powdered sugar to taste.
- Whip on high until light and fluffy and serve with your rice pudding.
More Instant Pot Rice Pudding Recipes
Rice pudding is a great blank canvas for your favorite flavors like:
- Pumpkin Date Rice Pudding is our favorite warming fall-spiced dessert.
- Forbidden Rice Pudding is a unique dish that’s always popular for entertaining topped with cherries.
- Instant Pot Nutella Rice Pudding from Cinnamon and Coriander has signature chocolate and hazelnut flavor.
- Chocolate Peppermint Rice Pudding has a nice minty flavor with dark chocolate.
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- 1 cup Arborio rice
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 can (14 oz) coconut milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 can (8 oz) pineapple tidbits, well drained and cut in half
- Whipped cream, toasted coconut, and maraschino cherries, optional, for serving
In the pressure cooking pot, combine rice, water, oil, and salt. Lock the lid in place and select High Pressure and 3 minutes cook time.
When the cook time ends, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then finish with a quick pressure release. When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid.
Add coconut milk and sugar to the rice in the cooking pot; and stir to combine.
In a small mixing bowl, whisk eggs with milk and vanilla. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into the cooking pot. Select Sauté and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture just starts to boil. Turn off the pressure cooker and stir in the pineapple tidbits.
Pour into serving dishes and chill. Pudding will thicken as it cools.
Served topped with whipped cream, toasted coconut, and a maraschino cherry if desired.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 187Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 140mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 4g
Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.
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