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Pressure Cooker Coconut Rice

Pressure Cooker Coconut Rice |

Pressure Cooker Coconut Rice

One of my pressure cooker’s killer apps is weeknight Thai curries. I love the hands-off meal – stir everything into the instant pot, lock the lid, and I can unlock the lid to dinner. Well, almost – I can’t enjoy a curry without rice to soak up the delicious, spicy sauce.

My favorite side dish for Thai curries is coconut rice. Now, if I only owned one pressure cooker, I’d make it on the stovetop. But I own many pressure cookers…probably too many…and I can always pull out one of my backup cookers to make a batch pressure cooker coconut rice.

This is a simple recipe. It has four ingredients, and two of them are water and salt. The tricky ingredients are jasmine rice and coconut milk. They’re easy to find in your local grocery store nowadays; look in the asian food section of your international aisle. But, if you use them as much as I do, find your local Asian market. They will almost always have the coconut milk cheaper, and I buy jasmine rice in big, 25 pound bags. (We go through a lot of rice in my house.)

Two other questions I get asked:

Why don’t you use the rice function on your Instant Pot?

Two reasons. One, I want to write a generic “pressure cooker” recipe, not an Instant Pot specific one. I don’t know what kind of cooker you have, so I don’t know if I can trust the rice cooker function. Two, I’ve been making pressure cooker rice since before there were Instant Pots – I’m used to this method, and it works great. I’ve never felt the need to try out the rice function.

This doesn’t seem faster than stovetop rice – why bother?

It’s true, with “up to pressure” time and natural release time, it’s not a whole lot faster than stovetop rice. (It is faster – but only by a few minutes. It’s not a the time savings you get from pressure cooking a long-simmering stew.) My answer is convenience – I can stir everything into my pot, lock the lid, push the buttons, and I don’t have to worry about the rice until the natural pressure release is done. Easy peasy.

Video: Pressure Cooker Coconut Rice – Time Lapse (1:03)

Pressure Cooker Coconut Rice – Time Lapse []

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Pressure Cooker Coconut Rice |

Pressure Cooker Coconut Rice

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups of rice 1x


Pressure Cooker Coconut Rice recipe – quick and easy rice side dish from the pressure cooker.


  • 2 cups jasmine rice (or long grain white rice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt (or table salt)
  • 13.5-ounce can Coconut Milk
  • 1 cup water


  1. Add the everything to the pot: Add the rice to the pot, sprinkle with the salt, then stir in the coconut milk and the water. (The coconut cream may be thick – keep stirring until it is mostly broken up.)
  2. Pressure cook the rice for 4 minutes, with a 10 minute natural pressure release: Lock the lid and pressure cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. Turn off warming mode and let pressure come down for 10 minutes, then quick release any remaining pressure in the pot. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.


Make sure to use coconut milk, not Cream of Coconut, a sweetened ingredient for use in Pina Coladas. Tools

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
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Pressure Cooker Coconut Rice

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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. Hi! I am just learning how to use my Instant Pot. If I double this recipe, do you think it would fit in my 6 qt pot?


  2. Aaron Friedman says

    This looks like a good place to use the “light” coconut milk I bought by mistake.

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