Coconut Rice in the Instant Pot

  • Author: Bri McKoy


  • 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. 


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!


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