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Instant Pot Coconut Brown Rice

A bowl of brown coconut rice, sprinkled with toasted coconut flakes and a little minced cilantro
Instant Pot Coconut Brown Rice

My daughter is eating healthy. (Good for her!) Every weekend she preps her school lunches, making a big batch of grilled chicken breasts with southwestern spice rub, steamed broccoli, and brown rice. Now, that seems a little boring to me, and I know she loves coconut white rice, so I adapted the recipe to give her some rice variety. Here it is: Instant Pot Coconut Brown Rice.

And, geez – listen to me. “Adapted my recipe.” This is hardly a recipe; it’s barely a technique. Stir 2 cups rice, 2.5 cups liquid (a mix of water and coconut milk), and a little salt in an Instant Pot. Lock the lid, pressure cook for 20 minutes, and the brown rice is ready to go.

If it’s not for school lunches, I’ll fancy it up a bit with toasted coconut flakes and minced cilantro. It works with grilled chicken breasts (of course), but it’s also the ideal side dish with a pressure cooked Thai curry.

Recipe: Instant Pot Coconut Brown Rice

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A bowl of brown coconut rice, sprinkled with toasted coconut flakes and a little minced cilantro

Instant Pot Coconut Brown Rice


Instant Pot Coconut Brown Rice. Jasmine rice, coconut milk, and pressure cooking make this healthy, slightly sweet side dish, perfect for Thai curries.


  • 2 cups brown Jasmine rice
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 13.5-ounce can coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt


  1. Everything in the pot: Pour the rice, water, coconut milk, and salt into the pressure cooker pot. Give it a quick stir, breaking up the coconut cream from the can.
  2. Pressure cook the rice for 20 minutes with a quick pressure release: Lock the lid and cook on high pressure for 20 minutes in an electric PC (“manual” or “pressure cook” mode in an Instant Pot), or for 16 minutes in a stovetop PC. Quick release the pressure.
  3. Serve: Stir the rice a bit to spread out the coconut cream that floated to the top of the pot. Transfer to a serving bowl, sprinkle with the garnishes if you’re using them, and enjoy.


  • Make sure to get unsweetened coconut milk. “Cream of coconut” or other sweetened coconut milks are great for piña coladas…not so much for coconut rice.
  • Can’t find brown Jasmine rice? Any long grain brown rice will do.
  • Toasting shredded coconut: Turn the instant pot to Sauté mode adjusted to low heat. (Medium-low heat in a stovetop cooker). Pour a thin layer of unsweetened shredded coconut (aka coconut flakes) into the pot and cook, stirring often, until lightly browned. And…please pay attention. Coconut flakes go from browned to burnt in a heartbeat.


Keywords: Instant Pot Coconut Brown Rice; Pressure Cooker Coconut Brown Rice

What do you think?

Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below.

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Hi! I’m Mike Vrobel. I’m a dad and an enthusiastic home cook; an indie cookbook author and food blogger with a day job, a patient spouse, and three kids who would rather have hamburgers for dinner.


  1. Colleen says

    Absolutely the best intant pot coconut rice recipe I’ve tried. This will be my go-to from now on. I really like that you used brown rice, which is a little bit healthier.

  2. Samantha says

    Came across this recipe while I was trying to make coconut rice in the IP instead of on the stove to save time. Recipe turned out great! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jerome says

    Hi, I was wondering if you use the lite or full fat coconut milk? Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Perfect. I made this in my instant pot DUO. I also added a chicken bullion to the 1 1/2 cup boiling water. Brown rice came out just right. Thanks so much for this!

  5. Bonnie says

    Excellent recipe! Came out perfect and so yummy! Thank you for sharing

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