Instant Pot Coconut Rice is a creamy, slightly sweet side dish. With a 3-minute cook time, you can have this pressure cooker jasmine rice recipe on your table in under 20 minutes.
Rice is one of my favorite things to cook in the pressure cooker! It’s fast, easy, and comes out perfectly every time. When my friend Emily requested a coconut rice recipe, I couldn’t wait to give it a try!
Adding coconut milk to Instant Pot white rice transforms the dish into a tropical delight. This coconut rice is a perfect pairing with your favorite Thai, Chinese, or Hawaiian dishes. It’s also delicious on its own!
Update: I’m always making a batch of Instant Pot rice, so I have updated this coconut rice recipe post with everything I’ve learned since first creating it, as well as a new video.
How to Make Quick Coconut Rice in an Instant Pot
I especially love this dish because it’s a quick and easy dump-and-go recipe. Unlike making rice on the stovetop, there’s no babysitting or worrying about a messy spill of coconut milk.
With an Instant Pot / pressure cooker, all you need to do is add Jasmine rice, unsweetened coconut milk, water, and a bit of sugar and salt for flavoring to the pressure cooking pot. Seal the lid, set the cook time, and walk away.
🛑 Note: While some electric pressure cookers have a “Rice” button, I don’t recommend using it for this recipe. Coconut milk may affect how the pressure cooker comes to pressure.
How to Avoid the Instant Pot Burn Notice When Making Rice
I usually make this coconut rice recipe in my 6-quart Instant Pot Duo. However, it will work in any 3-quart or 6-quart with no change to the recipe, including the Duo Evo Plus.
If you’re using an electric pressure cooker 8-quarts or larger and you’re worried about the Burn warning, you can either double the recipe or use the pot in pot method to make a single batch.
What Is the Best Coconut Milk?
For this Instant Pot recipe, you want to use full-fat coconut milk for the best results. (There is a lot of variety when it comes to canned coconut milk. Some brands are much thinner than others, for example.)
We use the Thai Kitchen brand coconut milk, and it cooks up for perfectly fluffy and creamy every time.
💡 If you’re using a different brand, you can always make this rice pot-in-pot.
What Kind of Rice Is Best for Instant Pot Coconut Rice?
I always make this recipe with Jasmine rice. However, you can use long-grain, medium- or even short-grain white rice without any change to the cooking time.
If you’d like to use brown rice, simply follow the cooking instructions in our Pressure Cooker Brown Rice recipe.
Can I Make Ahead and Reheat the Coconut Rice?
Absolutely! Instant Pot Coconut Rice will keep for several days in an airtight container in the fridge.
To reheat, simply add a bit of water or additional coconut milk to the rice. This helps ensure that your rice is fluffy and sticky, rather than dry.
What to Serve with Instant Pot Coconut Rice
I serve pressure cooker coconut rice with my family’s favorite Indian, South Asian, and Hawaiian entrées. There’s something so perfect about the paring of spiced curries and fruity flavors with creamy, soothing coconut milk rice.
🍽️ My go-to main is Pressure Cooker / Instant Pot Kalua Pork, served with fresh pineapple, sliced mango, and steamed edamame finished with a splash of lemon juice and a sprinkle sea salt.
Other awesome main dishes to serve with Instant Pot Coconut Rice:
- Pressure Cooker Beef Curry
- Instant Pot Butter Chicken
- Pork Teriyaki Rice Bowls from Barbara Bakes
- Rumbi Rice Bowls with Spicy Hawaiian Teriyaki Sauce from Favorite Family Recipes
Best Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker Rice Recipes
There are so many tasty ways to turn any variety of rice into a satisfying, healthy, and flavorful meal or side dish! Best of all, you get consistent results when you use your Instant Pot / pressure cooker.
Here are more of the best Instant Pot Rice recipes:
Basic Instant Pot Rice Recipes
- Overview of How to Cook Rice in Instant Pot
- Instant Pot 3-Minute White Rice
- Instant Pot Brown Rice
- Pressure Cooker Pink Rice
- Forbidden Black Rice in Instant Pot
Best Instant Pot Side Dish Recipes with Rice and Grains
- Pressure Cooker Wild Rice and Farro Pilaf
- Instant Pot 15 Cajun Bean Soup with Rice
- Pressure Cooker Mexican Green Rice
- Instant Pot Saffron Risotto
- Roasted Cauliflower Barley Risotto
- 1 1/2 cups jasmine rice
- 1 can (14 ounces) unsweetened coconut milk (we prefer Thai Kitchen brand
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Toasted coconut, optional, for garnish
- Rinse rice in cool water until the water runs clear. Drain the rice in a colander or sieve.
- Add the rice, coconut milk, water, sugar, and salt to the pressure cooker pot. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Lock the lid in place. Select High Pressure and 3 minutes cook time.
- When the cook time ends, allow the pressure to release naturally for 7 minutes, then finish with a quick pressure release.
- Carefully remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork.
- Spoon the rice into a serving bowl. Sprinkle with toasted coconut before serving, if desired.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 193Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 135mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g
Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.
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