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Pressure Cooker Coconut Rice is light, fluffy and full of coconut flavor. It’s easy to make in the electric pressure cooker, and comes together in less than 25 minutes!
Pressure cooker coconut rice, or Instant Pot coconut rice as it’s known in our house, is my absolute favorite rice. Hands down!
I’ve made a lot of rice, especially in the Instant Pot. Obviously white rice, brown rice, coconut lime rice (which comes in a close second), and Mexican rice.
This coconut rice beats them all. It’s full of coconut flavor and has almost a creaminess from the coconut milk. It’s crazy easy to make, and it lasts for several days in the fridge. That means there’s plenty for leftovers!
How to Make Coconut Rice in the Instant Pot
This is going to sound unconventional and will probably go against most other rice recipes and everything you’ve read in Facebook groups.
However, I don’t rinse my rice. I know. I can guess what you’re thinking. This rice is going to be a sticky mess. It won’t. At least it never has for me.
If you’re super concerned, go ahead and rinse the rice. Otherwise, add the rice, water, coconut milk, and salt to the stainless steel insert of the Instant Pot and give it a quick stir to mix all the ingredients. Try not to let any rice stick to the sides of the pot.
Close the lid (make sure the ring is in the lid correctly), and set the timer to 3 minutes on high pressure. After the timer goes off, turn off the Instant Pot by pressing cancel.
I know. That is something else that I do differently. Most people leave it on, so they can keep a watch for the natural release time. In this instance, the pot is staying too warm and will dry out the rice.
Turn it off and set a timer on your phone, microwave, or stove for 6 minutes. After the 6 minute natural release is finished, open the valve to release the remaining pressure, remove the lid, and fluff the rice with a fork.
What should I serve with Coconut Rice?
Tropical foods come to mind like grilled Mahi Mahi, shrimp kabobs, jerk chicken, grouper, snapper, shrimp wraps, Hawaiian chicken, or mango chicken.
Is coconut rice sweet?
No, coconut rice isn’t a sweet dessert. It’s more of a savory coconut dish. Depending on what brand of coconut milk you use, the intensity of the coconut can range from mild to strong. However, there is no added sugar in this recipe and the coconut milk itself shouldn’t be sweet.
Can I freeze Coconut Rice?
Yes, coconut rice can be frozen in airtight, freezer containers. Whether it’s being refrigerated or frozen, it dries out a bit. Add a touch of water or carton coconut milk when reheating. Reheat on half power if using the microwave.
Can I use a different kind of rice other than jasmine rice?
Yep! We’ve used basmati rice, white rice, and brown rice to make coconut rice in the pressure cooker. For this recipe, the basmati and white rice work exactly the same. To use brown rice, we like this Instant Pot Coconut Brown Rice recipe.
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- 1 ½ Cups Jasmine Rice, unrinsed (see note)
- 1 (14 Ounce) Can Unsweetened Coconut Milk (see note)
- ½ Cup Water
- ½ Teaspoon Salt
- Add the rice, coconut milk, water, and salt to the stainless-steel liner of the pressure cooker. Stir to combine.
- Close the lid, set the valve to “sealing,” and press the manual (pressure cook) button. Adjust the time to 3 minutes. When the timer beeps, allow the pressure to release naturally for 6 minutes. Open the valve to release any additional pressure.
- Remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork. Serve hot.
- The measuring cup used for the rice was a measuring cup used for dry ingredients.
- The measuring cup used for the water was a measuring cup used for liquid ingredients (not the same cup used for the rice).
- The coconut milk was poured directly from the can and including liquid and solid parts.
- Leaving the natural release for longer than 6 minutes can dry out the rice, so it may be necessary to turn off the Instant Pot after the pressure cook function is over then set a timer on the microwave, stove, or cell phone to complete the natural release.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: .5 Cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 383Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 108mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 7g
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