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If you need an Asian-inspired rice dish then this easy Instant Pot coconut rice will go great with so many of your favorite recipes. Coconut rice is a  creamy, slightly sweet aromatic Jasmine rice recipe that is quick and easy to make using your electric pressure cooker. Eat as a side dish alone or top with a protein such as Honey Garlic Chicken. The rice would also give great dimension to a fried rice dish.

coconut rice in a bowl

Instant Pot Coconut Rice Easy & Delicious

This coconut rice will become one of your favorite ways to quickly prepare rice using your electric pressure cooker. It’s quick and easy, only requiring a few ingredients to make the recipe. It pairs well as a side dish with chicken, seafood, and beef.

Ingredients

  • Garlic: Be sure to use only freshly chopped garlic, not the prechopped garlic you can purchase in a jar.
  •  Green onions: Be sure to use the white part and all of the green leaves.
  •  Coconut cream: Use unsweetened. Also, be sure to use a good quality product for the best flavor.
  • Coconut aminos: You could also use soy sauce

What kind of rice is best?

For the best flavor, I recommend using jasmine rice.

How much rice per person?

You will need 1/4 cup of uncooked rice per person. Remember that when rice is cooked, it usually doubles in size, which will yield you a 1/2 cup of rice per person.

How to prep rice for cooking

It is good to rinse rice. This removes surface starch from rice grains, which can make them gummy as they cook. Also, some people like to soak their rice first. This allows rice to absorb water, giving it a head start on cooking time. The benefit is that it helps the rice have a better, more even texture, instead of drying out while the inside is not evenly steamed and fluffed out.

Cooking rice in coconut milk

Coconut milk is not really milk. It is basically just shredded coconut flesh pureed with water and strained to create a white flavored liquid. It adds a rich, creamy coconut flavor to dishes when you use it for cooking.

For this recipe, it is better to use organic coconut milk vs. coconut cream. Coconut cream is thick and has more body than coconut milk. Since coconut milk has more liquid, it will be better to cook rice in.

Instant Pot rice

Rice pressure guide for Instant Pot

If you choose to use a different kind of rice for this recipe, here are Instant Pot manual settings for Select the “Pressure Cook” or sometimes called“Manual” You’ll need to adjust the cooking time depending on the grain:

  • Basmati (white) rice: 4-8 minutes
  • Jasmine rice: 3-5 minutes
  • Brown rice (long/short): 22-28 minutes
  • Wild rice mix: 25-30 minutes

🔪 Instructions

  1. Turn Instant Pot to saute, add olive oil, what part of onions, and garlic. Saute for 3 minutes.
  2. Add rice and saute for one minute.
  3. Stir in coconut milk, water, coconut aminos, and salt.
  4. Lock the lid in place. Select high pressure and 3 minutes of cook time.
  5. When the cooking time ends, allow the pressure to release naturally for 7 minutes, then finish with a quick pressure release.
  6. Carefully remove the lid.
  7. Spoon the rice into a serving bowl. Sprinkle with chopped green onion tops.
coconut rice in a bowl with onions sprinkled on top and Chopsticks sitting near

What To Serve With Instant Pot Rice

One of my favorite recipes that I serve my coconut rice with is Honey Garlic Chicken. It is a quick and easy recipe with only 5 simple ingredients that create an addictive sweet-savory garlic sauce.

Fire up the grill for this slightly spicy, exotic flavored Thai Grilled Chicken. It’s easy to prep ahead, so all you have to do at dinner is to grill and eat, which is perfect for a quick night dinner or a bbq on the patio.

Pieces of honey garlic chicken that are drenched in honey and shallots all sitting on a bed of rice

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INSTANT POT coconut rice
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Instant Pot Coconut Rice

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 4
Instant Pot Coconut Rice is a creamy, slightly sweet aromatic Jasmine rice recipe that is quick and easy to make using your electric pressure cooker.

Note: Be sure to read through the recipe’s post for tips and details about this recipe.

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Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Turn Instant Pot to saute, add olive oil, what part of onions, and garlic. Saute for 3 minutes.
  • Add rice and saute for one minute.
  • Stir in coconut milk, water, coconut aminos, and salt.
  • Lock the lid in place. Select high pressure and 3 minutes cook time.
  • When the cooking time ends, allow the pressure to release naturally for 7 minutes, then finish with a quick pressure release.
  • Carefully remove lid.
  • Spoon the rice into a serving bowl. Sprinkle with chopped green onion tops.

Equipment

Notes

  • garlic – be sure to use only freshly chopped for best flavor
  •  green onions – use the white part and all of the green leafy part.  
  •  coconut cream, unsweetened – be sure and use a good quality product for best flavor
  •  coconut aminos or you could also use soy sauce
Serving: 0.25cup, Calories: 210kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 236mg, Potassium: 87mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 90IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 24mg, Iron: 1mg
Cuisine: Thai
Course: Side Dish
Author: Gina Dickson

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