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Instant Pot Coconut Rice

Easy Coconut Rice

  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Total Time: 36 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This is a fluffy, sweet, and hearty Coconut Rice recipe! I love it served with all of my favorite main dishes, and using the Instant Pot makes it incredibly simple to prepare. You'll only need three ingredients and the push of a button! Prepare the rest of your meal while the rice cooks and voila...the perfect side dish!




  1. Place the rice in a fine mesh strainer (largest size) and rinse under water for one minute or until the water runs clear.  Be sure to move the water around overtop the rice to rinse it all.  
  2. Place rice in the bottom of your Instant Pot.  Pour coconut milk overtop and add the salt.  Stir briefly.
  3. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and move the valve to Seal (not venting).  
  4. Press the "Rice" function which defaults to 12 minutes on low pressure.  Once it finishes do NOT release the pressure and do NOT press the off button or open the lid.  Instead, leave the top on sealed for another 3 minutes.  
  5. Release any remaining pressure and remove the lid.  Fluff the cooked rice with a fork and taste.  Add more salt if needed.
  6.  Keep covered in the Instant Pot on sealed if not serving immediately to keep it from drying out.  
  7. Store leftovers once they have fully cooled to room temperature.  Store in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 5 days. 


Do not skip rinsing the rice.  It is okay if the rice is still wet from rinsing when you add to the Instant Pot.

I sometimes add a teaspoon (or more!) of pure maple syrup.  It enhances the natural sweetness of the coconut milk.  My kids absolutely love when I add it!  You can add it in when you add the salt before it cooks.

For a fun twist, add a squeeze of fresh lime juice (and zest) and a handful of freshly chopped cilantro leaves after it cooks.  Mix it in well.  

One of my favorite dishes to serve coconut rice with is my Vegan Tikka Masala.  It also pairs well with my Sweet Potato Curry, Pumpkin Curry and Thai Curry Coconut Soup.

This coconut rice recipe is lightly adapted from my friend, Laney, from Life is But a DishCheck out her incredible food blog for easy approachable recipes for the everyday home cook!

  • Prep Time: 4
  • Cook Time: 32
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot

Keywords: instant pot coconut rice