Instant Pot Coconut Rice

Coconut rice topped with sesame seeds in black bowl

Finding the delicious coconut creamy flavor in rice? Here you go! Try this amazing Instant Pot Coconut Rice now!

Coconut rice topped with sesame seeds in black bowl

Why This Recipe Works

Instant Pot Coconut Rice is an amazing side dish that gives a touch of exotic twist to any dish. It is very simple to make and it's vegetarian and vegan.

If you want to have this as a side dish just decrease the sugar amount and yes, free to go!! Instant Pot Coconut Rice is a much flexible dish that you can serve with whatever you want! This recipe only takes 15 minutes to end the thunder of your hunger!

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Recipe Ingredients

Coconut Milk- Use pure (unsweetened preferred) coconut milk.

Rice- Use basmati rice (long grain preferred) for better results

How to make the perfect rice?

Just follow these 3 simple tips:

  1. Rinse the rice - This is a must for the perfect fluffy coconut rice. I normally rinse the rice once, but I rinse until the water is clear, when making coconut rice.  This removes excess starch and makes rice fluffy.
  2.  Soak the rice -  The coconut rice has an addition of coconut and this calls for more water. But more water may make the rice structure weird. So, I like to soak my rice in water for 20 minutes. this gives perfect rice, without adding to excess liquid.
  3. Do not stir -  Once you add all the ingredients and start cooking, do not stir. This step is not usually done, but I have seen people who stop the Instant pot so they could stir the rice. The Instant pot will cook the rice to perfection, so there is no need of checking upon him.

How to make

Gather the necessary ingredients

Add 2 cups of rice into the pot.

Add water (½ cup ) and coconut milk (14 oz).

Add a tablespoon of granulated sugar.

Add 2 teaspoons of Kasher salt.

Pressure cook at high for 10 minutes.

Do a quick release and dish out the rice.

Feel free to top with your favorite topping and serve the rice!

How to serve

This Instant Pot coconut rice is not a dessert but a delicious side dish.

You can have it with crispy tofu, cashew chicken or mango slices. For more ideas check out What to Serve With Coconut Rice.

If you want to eat the rice as is, feel free do add cinnamon, cloves, and anise star. As a special touch, some dried currants are or cranberries can be use as well.

Recipe FAQs

Which rice to use?

For this Instant Pot coconut rice recipe, I used Basmati rice. I find it pairs perfectly with coconut milk. You can use plain white rice or even brown rice. Make sure you adjust your cooking time regarding the rice type. For help, you can use this rice calculator.

What else can I add?

You can try using salted roasted cashews or other types of nuts. The rice can be topped with chopped coriander leaves, parsley, or tarragon leaves.

You can also check the best substitutes for tarragon for more ideas 🙂

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Coconut rice topped with sesame seeds in black bowl

Instant Pot Coconut Rice

Make a bowl of simple yet creamy and delicious coconut rice in your Instant Pot easily.
4.70 from 13 votes
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Course: dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut milk, healthy, rice
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Corrie


  • 2 cup rice soaked and drained
  • ½ cup water
  • 14 oz coconut milk 1¾ cups
  • 1 tablespoon sugar granulated
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • sesame for serving. optional.


  • Add rice, water, coconut milk, sugar and kosher salt to the Instant Pot and stir.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, do a quick pressure release.
  • Dish out and garnish it with sesame and serve 🙂


Calories: 363kcal Carbohydrates: 53g Protein: 6g Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 13g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 788mg Potassium: 217mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Vitamin C: 1mg Calcium: 30mg Iron: 3mg


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4 thoughts on “Instant Pot Coconut Rice

  1. 5 stars
    Hi, thanks for your great recipes, I'm not a real lover of rice , but I do like it with a curry, if I left out the sugar I think this might work a treat, especially with a Korma , any thoughts ?????

    1. Yes, that should work. If you are adding a lot, add it at the end so it doesn't affect the texture.

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