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Coconut Rice in the Instant Pot

Coconut rice in the Instant Pot is taking the internet by storm! I’ve loved making my rice in the IP but adding a can of coconut milk is next level. It’s creamy, a little sticky and perfect to serve alongside curries, stir fry recipes, or my sticky honey chicken!

Bonus: add a pinch of sugar and serve with some fresh mango for a delicious snack!

Coconut rice in the Instant Pot comes together in less than 60 seconds and cooks in 7 minutes! Perfect to serve with stir fry recipes, curries, or with fresh mango!

Coconut Rice in the Instant Pot

A few things to note, be sure to buy the canned coconut milk (not the coconut milk in the carton) for really creamy rice.

Coconut rice in the Instant Pot comes together in less than 60 seconds and cooks in 7 minutes! Perfect to serve with stir fry recipes, curries, or with fresh mango!

I add a little water to cut through the thickness of the milk and a little salt to cut through the creaminess.

You can get so creative with this rice depending on the dish you are serving it with! Add in some spices, sesame seeds or dried seaweed! (I generally serve this rice with a heavily spiced main dish, so I like to keep it on the creamy, mild side.)

This recipe makes enough for 4-5 servings but you can easily double the recipe! Just double each ingredient.

Coconut rice in the Instant Pot comes together in less than 60 seconds and cooks in 7 minutes! Perfect to serve with stir fry recipes, curries, or with fresh mango!

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Coconut Rice in the Instant Pot

  • Author: Bri McKoy
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Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/4 cups Basmati rice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 can (about 14 oz) full fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water

Very important note about the ingredients, this recipe uses Basmati rice which is the rice you need for the Instant Pot. Jasmine rice and Quick Minute White Rice all cook for much less time and it will burn in the Instant Pot. If you do not have Basmati rice, please cook using the stove top instructions below with the rice you have. 

Instructions

Instant Pot Method:

  1. Mix together the canned coconut milk, water, and salt. Be sure the cream of the coconut milk is incorporated. Add rice and coconut milk mixture to Instant Pot. Stir to fully incorporate!
  2. Lock the lid and move valve to “Sealing.” Cook on High Pressure for 4 minutes. Allow for a natural pressure release for 7 minutes. Move valve to “Venting.”
  3. Give the rice a good stir and serve!

Stovetop Method:

  1. Add 1 can coconut milk and 1/2 cup water to the pot. Add 1 and 1/4 cup rice and 1/2 tsp salt.
  2. Bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cover. Cook for 10 minutes. Stir. Cook for an additional 10 minutes. Serve!

Notes

Makes 4-5 servings. You can double the recipe! If you double the recipe add 2 minutes to the high pressure cooking time.

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  • JenniferApril 3, 2020 - 8:55 pm
    Why have I never thought of this before?!? I will never make rice without coconut milk again. 

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    • Bri McKoyApril 3, 2020 - 8:57 pm
      I am so grateful! Thank you!

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  • AmandaApril 3, 2020 - 9:20 pm
    Is there an option for making this on the stovetop or do you need an instant pot?

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    • Bri McKoyApril 3, 2020 - 9:27 pm
      I haven't tried it on the stovetop but here is what I would do, add 1 can coconut milk and 1/2 cup water to the pot. Add 1 and 1/4 cup rice and 1/2 tsp salt. Bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cover. Cook for 10 minutes. Stir. Cook for an additional 10 minutes. Serve!

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  • MaryApril 3, 2020 - 11:32 pm
    PEOPLE. This recipe is AMAZING. I’ve done rice in the instant pot so many times and it always burns. This is the first one that came out perfectly and sooo stinking easy. It’s sooooo creamy, guys. I know the leftovers will not be dry. My husband said “you’ve really outdone yourself with the rice” so I had to tell him it was thanks to Bri. This recipe will stay in our rotation!!! 

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  • HeidiApril 4, 2020 - 3:48 am
    Would this work with brown rice? Thanks! 

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    • Bri McKoyApril 4, 2020 - 12:45 pm
      I have not tried it with brown rice but I believe it will work. You will just need to add 1-2 minutes to cooking on high pressure since brown rice can take longer to cook.

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  • HeatherApril 4, 2020 - 1:43 pm
    We love this rice and it has worked great in our Rice Cooker too 😊

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    • Bri McKoyApril 4, 2020 - 1:44 pm
      This is so helpful to know! Thank you.

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  • BrigetteApril 4, 2020 - 10:14 pm
    Made this for dinner tonight and ate it with your chicken curry recipe- AMAZING! It was a big hit with the whole family. 

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  • KristenApril 11, 2020 - 11:28 pm
    Do you rinse the rice first or add it straight from the bag into the wet ingredients?

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    • Bri McKoyApril 12, 2020 - 11:03 pm
      No, I do not need to rinse my rice!

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  • Rachel KupperbuschApril 18, 2020 - 8:43 pm
    Maybe a dumb questions but... Can you use regular rice instead of basmati? All three grocery stores around me are sold out! Any changes to time for cooking or quantity?

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    • Bri McKoyApril 19, 2020 - 7:56 pm
      Some people have used jasmine rice and said it worked perfectly! Others used plain white rice (or minute rice) and said it did not work. If you use plain white rice, I recommend cooking it on the stove top.

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  • SuzApril 18, 2020 - 10:18 pm
    I have VERY picky children and they ate up this rice.  Thanks for this recipe, Bri.

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