This easy Instant Pot Coconut Rice recipe is delicious and versatile, with a delicate coconut flavor. Serve it with a spicy curry, sautéed vegetables, or your favorite main dish. This vegan side dish can be made in less than 30 minutes.

bowl of coconut rice with chopped chives on top

Why You Should Make This Recipe ASAP

No matter the time of year, a bowl of warm, cooked white rice is just so comforting and versatile. And, this recipe for Instant Pot Coconut Rice is as easy as it gets.

All you have to do is combine rinsed rice, a can of light coconut milk, and some water into your pressure cooker. In less than 30 minutes, you’ll have a flavorful and fragrant rice dish that you can serve with almost anything.

  • This recipe has only 3 ingredients, including water,
  • You can prep it in less than 5 minutes,
  • Instant Pot Coconut Rice is naturally vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, with no added sugars.
labeled ingredients for coconut rice dish

How to Make This Dish

Step One

Place your rice in a fine-mesh colander and give it a good rinse. This step is necessary to remove any dirt, and to prevent the grain from burning in the pressure cooker.

white rice in a fine mesh colander for rinsing

Step Two

Next, pour the rinsed rice, light coconut milk, and water into a 6-quart or 8-quart Instant Pot. Stir and then lock on the lid.

ingredients for coconut rice in the pot of a pressure cooker

Step Three

Set the time to 6 minutes at high pressure. Then, when the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down naturally for about 5 minutes.

Then, use the quick-release to release the remaining pressure. Carefully remove the lid and stir the dish before serving.

cooked coconut rice in the instant pot

Top Tips

  • Be sure to rinse the rice to make sure it doesn’t burn in the Instant Pot.
  • You can use full-fat coconut milk if you prefer. This will make the coconut rice very decadent and full of tropical coconut flavor.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to five days in the refrigerator. Or, you can freeze any leftovers for up to several months.

FAQs

Can I use full-fat coconut milk to make this recipe?

Yes, but the nutrition info in the recipe card reflects using a can of light coconut milk. So, the nutrition data will be altered.

What kind of white rice should I use?

You can use any long-grain white rice including basmati or jasmine rice.

Can I make this recipe in a 3-quart “mini” Instant Pot?

Yes, but you need to cut the recipe in half.

picture of coconut rice up close with bits of chopped chives

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Instant Pot Coconut Rice


Description

This easy Instant Pot Coconut Rice recipe is delicious and versatile, with a delicate coconut flavor. Serve it with a spicy curry, sautéed vegetables, or your favorite main dish. This vegan side dish can be made in less than 30 minutes.


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups long-grain white rice, rinsed and drained in a fine-mesh colander
  • 1 13.5-ounce can light coconut milk
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. In the base of a 6-quart or 8-quart Instant Pot, combine the rinsed rice, coconut milk, and water. 
  2. Lock the lid on the pot and set the time to 6 minutes and high pressure. 
  3. When the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down naturally for about 5 minutes. Then, use the carefully quick-release to release the remaining pressure.
  4. Remove the lid and use a serving spoon to stir and serve the rice.

Notes

  1. You can easily double this recipe.
  2. Store any leftovers in a tightly-sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Or, you can freeze leftovers for up to 2 months. Defrost and reheat before serving.
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Instant Pot pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: light coconut rice, basmati coconut rice, white coconut rice