Instant Pot Coconut Rice is a creamy, slightly sweet side dish. With a 3-minute cook time at high pressure, you can have this pressure cooker jasmine rice recipe on your table in under 20 minutes.
❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe: Rice is so fast and easy. And with an Instant Pot, it comes out perfectly every time. This recipe gets a slightly sweet and creamy upgrade with coconut, and it’s a total family favorite! Not to mention it’s a dump-and-go recipe
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: We’ve updated this post with new tips, tricks, ingredient notes, and photos to help make the recipe even easier.
INGREDIENTS YOU NEED
You don’t need much to make this quick coconut rice side dish:
- Jasmine rice. This is a longer-grain rice that will cook more evenly in your pressure cooker than short-grain white rice.
- Coconut milk. Make sure you’re using Unsweetened Coconut Milk. (We don’t recommend using lite coconut milk or cream of coconut milk, both of which will affect the texture and flavor of the finished dish.) We like the Thai Kitchen brand.
- Sugar. You just need a pinch to balance the richness of the coconut milk.
How to Make 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 the jasmine rice, unsweetened coconut milk, water, and a bit of sugar and salt to the pressure cooking pot. Seal the lid, set the cook time for three minutes, and walk away. When the cook time ends, let the pressure release naturally for seven minutes. Then remoe the lid, fluff the rice, and enjoy!
Important Tips for Making Instant Pot Coconut Rice
🛑 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.
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 Instant Pot Pro.
If you’re cooking at higher altitudes, you may want to add another minute or two to the total cook time.
If you’re using an 8-quart or larger pressure cooker, 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.
Frequently Asked Questions about One-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 Brown Rice recipe. You may also need to add another 2 ounces of water to the cooking pot, to account for the longer cooking time.
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.
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.
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.
What to serve with Coconut Rice
🍽️ My go-to main is 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
More 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:
- Overview of How to Cook Rice in Instant Pot includes exactly how to make perfectly fluffy rice every time.
- Instant Pot 3-Minute White Rice is the key to tender white rice in under 10 minutes.
- Instant Pot Brown Rice is a great option for a bit more fiber.
- Pressure Cooker Pink Rice is a fun alternative to white rice!
- Forbidden Black Rice in Instant Pot is a delicious earthy grain with a mysterious dark color.
Best Instant Pot Side Dishes with Rice and Grains
If you want to round out your rice side dish with some hearty beans or other grains, try these recipes:
- Wild Rice and Farro Pilaf is full of heart-healthy fiber and cooks in a fraction of the time it takes on the stove.
- Instant Pot 15 Cajun Bean Soup with Rice is jam-packed with beans and Louisiana flavors.
- Pressure Cooker Mexican Green Rice has a bit of a kick and a beautiful green hue.
- Instant Pot Saffron Risotto is a delicious and fragrant, creamy rice dish you can serve all on its own if you like.
- Roasted Cauliflower Barley Risotto has a secret ingredient for added nutrients, fluffy texture, and flavor.
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- 1 1/2 cups jasmine rice
- 1 can (14 oz) unsweetened coconut milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Toasted coconut and toasted sesame seeds, optional, for serving
- 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 cooking pot. Stir. 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. When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid.
- Fluff the rice with a fork. Spoon the rice into serving bowl. Sprinkle with toasted coconut and/or sesame seeds before serving, if desired.
Make sure you're using unsweetened coconut milk, not coconut cream or coconut water. We also do not recommend using lite coconut milk.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 165Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 101mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g
Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.
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