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Instant Pot Coconut Rice

If you’ve ever dreamed of making fluffy, perfectly cooked rice with a delightful touch of tropical flavor, then you’re in for a treat! Instant Pot Coconut Rice is not just a delicious and easy-to-make side dish, but it also pairs perfectly with various meals, from Asian-inspired dishes to tropical-themed recipes.

Instant Pot Coconut Rice
Instant Pot Coconut Rice

Why you’ll love this recipe

One of the best aspects of making Instant Pot Coconut Rice is that it only takes a matter of minutes. So, not only will this dish impress your taste buds, but it’s also a real-time saver when it comes to preparing dinner for yourself or your loved ones.

Plus, the Instant Pot ensures a perfectly cooked result, so you’ll never have to worry about undercooked or overly sticky rice again. Enjoy your scrumptious creation!

What do you need?

o make Instant Pot coconut rice, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Rice. Jasmine rice and basmati rice are the best choice or rice for this dish, as these types of rice have a fragrant aroma and pleasant flavor that complement the creaminess of the coconut milk. But, you can also use long grain white rice if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Coconut milk
  • Water
  • Salt

How to make coconut rice in the Instant Pot

This recipe is very simple to make, there are just a few key steps to getting it just right:

  1. Rinse the rice: To ensure you have fluffy Instant Pot coconut rice, start by rinsing your rice in a mesh strainer until the water runs clear. This helps to remove excess starch.
  2. Combine all ingredients for the coconut rice in the Instant Pot inner bowl.
  3. Ensure the valve is sealed, then set your Instant Pot to cook on high pressure for the specified time based on your chosen rice type:
    • Basmati rice 5 minutes
    • Jasmine rice 3 minutes
  4. When the pressure cooking time has finished, allow the Instant Pot to depressurize naturally for ten minutes, then use quick release to open it.
  5. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.

Serving ideas

Coconut rice makes a great side dish that pairs well with a variety of cuisines like Indian, Chinese, Thai, and Caribbean.

When serving your Instant Pot Coconut Rice, consider pairing it with these popular dishes:

  • Thai Curries: Coconut rice complements curries like Massaman curry, Thai Panang curry, and Thai Green curry. The creamy rice helps to balance the spiciness of the dishes.
  • Indian Side Dishes: You can serve your coconut rice alongside Indian side dishes such as vegetable stir-fries or aloo gobi. The rice’s light and subtle sweetness balances the intense flavors of Indian dishes.
  • Caribbean Bowls: Create a Caribbean-inspired bowl using beans, roasted bell peppers, and avocados on top of your coconut rice. Top it off with some fresh lime juice and cilantro to bring the flavors together.
Instant Pot Coconut Rice

Instant Pot Coconut Rice

4.7 from 6 votes
How to cook coconut rice in an Instant Pot.
Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time4 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Serves2 Servings


  • 1 cup basmati rice or jasmine rice
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • pinch salt


  • Rinse rice under running water using a mesh sieve. This removes the fine layer of starch on the outside of the grains, preventing them from sticking together. 
  • Place all the ingredients into the Instant Pot inner pot. Ensure that no grains remain stuck to the edge of the pot.
  • Close and lock the lid of the Instant Pot.
  • Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook at high pressure for:
    – 6 minutes for basmati rice
    – 3 minutes for jasmine rice
  • When the time is up, allow the Instant Pot to depressurize naturally for 10 minutes (using the keep warm function). After this time you can press cancel and use quick release to finish depressurizing before opening the Instant Pot.


Calories: 449kcal  Carbohydrates: 76g  Protein: 8g  Fat: 13g  Saturated Fat: 11g  Sodium: 18mg  Fiber: 1g  Sugar: 1g

Nutrition information is an estimate and provided for informational purposes only.

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