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Instant Pot Coconut Rice

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This Instant Pot Coconut Jasmine Rice is a perfect go-to side dish recipe. This is so fragrant and creamy, and it pairs well with so many different meals.

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Craving some tropical flair in your Instant Pot cuisine? This Instant Pot coconut rice is just what you need! This dish is quick and easy to make and turns out perfectly every time.

The coconut milk gives the rice a wonderfully creamy texture and a delicious tropical flavor. Plus, it pairs perfectly with bold and spicy chicken entrees. Give this recipe a try today!

What does Instant Pot Coconut Rice taste like?

Instant Pot Coconut Rice has a light and fluffy texture with a mild coconut flavor. The rice is slightly sticky, but not too moist.

I love the creamy texture that the coconut milk gives to the rice. And the flavor is just subtle enough that it doesn’t overpower other dishes.

What I like about this rice recipe is that it is so versatile. You can serve the rice with just about anything. It goes great with chicken, fish, or even on its own as a light and healthy side dish.

This recipe is also perfect for meal prep as it can be made ahead of time and reheated throughout the week. It’s a great way to have a delicious side dish on hand at all times.

The best thing about coconut milk with rice in Instant Pot is that it’s literally foolproof.

You don’t have to worry about overcooking the rice or having it come out too dry. Just set it and forget it! Then the Instant Pot will do all the work for you.

Love rice recipes? We have more for you. Try our Instant Pot Basmati Rice, Instant Pot Jasmine Rice, Instant Pot Brown Rice, Teriyaki Chicken Pineapple Bowls, Instant Pot Rice-a-Roni, and Blackstone Fried Rice.

a white bowl of Instant Pot coconut rice and another bowl at the back.

Ingredients for Cooking Coconut Rice recipe in Instant Pot

  • Jasmine rice – or your choice of long grain white rice
  • Butter – can be swapped with olive oil
  • No salt chicken broth
  • Unsweetened coconut milk – see notes below
  • Salt

Ingredient Notes

  • I suggest using canned, unsweetened full fat coconut milk. We are boiling the coconut milk, so you don’t want to use the drinking kind. If you use the drinking kind, it will separate and become watery.
Instant Pot Coconut Rice ingredients which contains of Jasmine Rice, coconut milk, butter, salt, and chicken broth.

Equipment Used for Coconut Jasmine Rice in Instant Pot

How to make Instant Pot Coconut Rice

Rinsing the rice. Rinse the Jasmine rice in cold water using a mesh colander until the water runs clear. Drain well and set it aside.

rinsed rice in a mesh colander.

Sautéing the Rice. Set the pressure cooker to sauté then add butter or olive oil to the pot. Once the pot is ready, add Jasmine rice and sauté the rice for 3 minutes. Then press the cancel button to end the sauté.

sautéing the rice in the Instant Pot.

Pressure cooking the Rice. Add broth, salt, and coconut milk to the rice and stir together. This will help mix and deglaze the pot to avoid burn notice.

rice and broth in the Instant Pot.

Twist the lid to seal it. Turn or press the knob on top to release any remaining pressure (if needed). Then set the pot to high pressure for 4 minutes.

coconut milk added to the rice and broth in the Instant Pot.

Ready to serve. When the pressure cooking time is done, wait for it to naturally release pressure (don’t open the lid) for 10 minutes. Do not move the pot during this time.

fluffing the cooked coconut rice using a wooden spoon in the Instant Pot.

Then do a quick release by turning or pressing the pressure knob (refer to your pot’s instructions). Fluff the rice with fork before serving.

Instant Pot Coconut rice scooped by a wooden spoon and ready to serve.

Recipe Variations

Here are a few ways you can change up this rice recipe:

  • Add in some shredded coconut or toasted coconut flakes for extra flavor and texture.
  • Stir in some chopped green onions or cilantro before serving.
  • For a little bit of spice, add in a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes.
  • Add in some frozen peas or corn for a complete meal.
  • Coconut Brown Rice in Instant Pot: Try using brown rice instead of white rice for a healthier option and cook for the same amount of time to make Instant Pot coconut brown rice.

How to Serve Instant Pot Coconut Rice

This coconut milk with rice in the Instant Pot recipe pairs well with so many different dishes! Here are some of my favorites:

This recipe is also best paired with our recipes Instant Pot Huli Huli Chicken (this is one of my favorite Hawaiian recipes), Shake and Bake Chicken Tenders, Nashville Chicken Tenders, Sweet Chili Meatballs, and Chicken Asparagus Bake.

a green bowl of Instant Pot Coconut rice and a golden serving spoon and another bowl of rice at the side.

How to Store

Coconut Rice in Instant Pot leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. Add 2 tablespoons of water then reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop before serving.

To make this a meal prep, I suggest cooking the rice in a big batch and then portioning it out into individual containers. Then, add your favorite protein and vegetables to each container. Instant Pot Coconut Rice will last in the fridge for up to four days when stored this way.

Can I freeze Instant Pot Coconut Rice?

Yes! This Coconut Jasmine rice in Instant Pot can be frozen in a freezer-safe container for up to three months. Thaw it overnight in the fridge then follow the instructions above before serving.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will coconut milk burn in Instant Pot?

Coconut milk has a high fat content and can burn if it’s not properly stirred. I recommend stirring it well before pressure cooking.

Does the coconut milk curdle in Instant Pot?

Coconut milk can curdle if it’s not properly stirred or if the Instant Pot is overfilled. I recommend stirring it well before pressure cooking and making sure the pot is no more than half full.

a white bowl with Instant Pot Coconut rice and a striped cloth and another bowl of coconut rice at the side.
a white bowl of Instant Pot coconut rice and another bowl at the back.
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Instant Pot Coconut Rice

This Instant Pot coconut rice is literally foolproof and so fragrant and creamy. Serve this pressure cooker side dish up with tropical or bold and spicy chicken entreés.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese, American, Asian
Keyword Side Dish, rice, instant pot rice, instant pot side dish, jasmine rice, coconut rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Time to bring pot to pressure and natural pressure release 10 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 197kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Jasmine rice (or any long grain rice)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (can substitute olive oil)
  • 1 ¼ cup no salt chicken broth
  • 1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk (see notes below on coconut milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Rinse the rice in a mesh colander until the water runs clear, then drain well and set aside.
  • Set pressure cooker to sauté and add butter or oil to the pot. Once the pot is ready, add Jasmine rice and sauté the rice for 3 minutes. Press cancel to end sauté.
  • Add broth, coconut milk, and salt to the rice and stir to mix and deglaze the pot. Twist to seal the lid, and turn or press the venting knob to seal (if needed). Set pot manually to high pressure for 4 minutes.
  • Once the pressure cooking cycle is complete, do a natural pressure release (leaving the pot undisturbed) for 10 minutes. Then do a quick release by turning or pressing the pressure knob (refer to your pot's instructions). Fluff the rice by stirring before serving.

Notes

Coconut milk: I recommend using canned, unsweetened coconut milk – this is not the refrigerated coconut milk you use for drinking. 
Store leftover coconut Jasmine rice in the fridge for up to four days in an airtight container. Reheat the leftovers in the microwave or stovetop (add 2 tablespoons water) before serving.
If you want to meal prep or make this Instant Pot rice recipe ahead, cook a big batch and portion it out into individual containers.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 118IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

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