Instant Pot Coconut Lime Rice

Instant Pot Coconut Lime Rice is a delicious and simple side dish worthy of busy weeknights and dinner party guests. Full of tropical flavors and done in minutes.

The Instant Pot obsession continues with this Instant Pot Coconut Lime Rice. Ridiculously easy to make and packed full of tropical flavor.

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Update: This post has been updated since its original post date in 2018. Text and photographs have been updated but the recipe remains the same.

If you’re looking for a rice recipe that’s just as simple as making plain old white rice but a little fancy, this coconut lime rice made in the Instant Pot or on the stove top, is just what you need.

The coconut and lime give it major tropical vibes making it perfect for springtime and summer.

The Instant Pot obsession continues with this Instant Pot Coconut Lime Rice. Ridiculously easy to make and packed full of tropical flavor.

Instant Pot Favorite

One of my favorite things to make in the Instant Pot is rice. It’s so quick and simple and turns out perfectly every single time.

I have quite a few IP rice recipes on my site so if it’s your favorite too, make sure to check out the fun list at the end of this post.

The Instant Pot obsession continues with this Instant Pot Coconut Lime Rice. Ridiculously easy to make and packed full of tropical flavor.

Ingredients for Coconut Lime Rice

  • White rice: I usually use basmati rice because it’s my favorite but it’s delicious with jasmine rice and regular long grain rice too.
  • Canned coconut milk: Use full-fat for the best flavor. It will be seperated when you open the can so be sure to give it a good stir before using.
  • Lime: You’ll use the zest and juice from a fresh lime for all the citrusy flavor.
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes: These get toasted while the rice is cooking for some delicious, nutty flavor. They also add a little crunch to the tender rice.
  • Kosher salt: Seasons the rice and helps bring out the flavor of the additional ingredients.
The Instant Pot obsession continues with this Instant Pot Coconut Lime Rice. Ridiculously easy to make and packed full of tropical flavor.

Instant Pot Instructions

To make this coconut lime rice in the Instant Pot, combine rice, coconut milk, lime juice, salt and water in the pot.

Place the lid on the Instant Pot, seal and set to cook for 4 minutes. While the rice is cooking, toast the coconut.

Heat a dry skillet over medium heat and add the coconut flakes. Cook, stirring often, until nice and golden. You will be able to smell the nutty goodness when it’s ready.

Once the rice is done, let it naturally release the pressure for 5 minutes before turning the valve. Stir in lime zest and top with toasted coconut.

The Instant Pot obsession continues with this Instant Pot Coconut Lime Rice. Ridiculously easy to make and packed full of tropical flavor.

Stove Top Instructions

Not everyone has an Instant Pot and that doesn’t mean you should miss out on this yummy recipe so I was sure to include stove top instructions as well.

Add coconut milk, water, lime juice and salt to a saucepan. Bring to a heavy simmer and add the rice. Bring down to a simmer, cover and cook 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the type of white rice you are using.

Stir in the lime zest and top with toasted coconut before serving.

The Instant Pot obsession continues with this Instant Pot Coconut Lime Rice. Ridiculously easy to make and packed full of tropical flavor.

How to Serve Coconut Lime Rice

I love topping it with some toasted coconut for some added crunch and texture to keep it interesting. It goes amazingly well with curries, stir-fries, this Grilled Hawaiian Chicken and lots more. 

So whether or not you have an Instant Pot, give this one a try.

The Instant Pot obsession continues with this Instant Pot Coconut Lime Rice. Ridiculously easy to make and packed full of tropical flavor.

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Instant Pot Coconut Lime Rice is a delicious and simple side dish worthy of busy weeknights and dinner party guests. Full of tropical flavors and done in minutes.
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Instant Pot Coconut Lime Rice

Instant Pot Coconut Lime Rice is a delicious and simple side dish worthy of busy weeknights and dinner party guests. Full of tropical flavors and done in minutes.
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time4 mins
Total Time14 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut lime rice
Yield: 8 servingss
Author: Meghan Payne-Hensley

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients

For the Instant Pot:

  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 13.5 oz. can full fat unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

For the Stove Top:

  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 13.5 oz. can full fat unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Instructions

  • For the Instant Pot: combine everything but the lime zest and coconut flakes in the instant pot. Set on manual for 4 minutes. Meanwhile, toast the coconut. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add coconut and cook, stirring often, until it turns golden brown. Watch carefully as it can burn quickly. Once rice is done, allow the steam to release naturally for 5 minutes then switch the valve to release the remaining pressure. Stir in the lime zest. Top with toasted coconut.
  • For the Stove Top: combine coconut milk, water, salt and lime juice in a large saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Stir in rice and reduce to a simmer. Cover with a lid and cook for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add coconut and cook, stirring often, until golden. Watch closely as it can burn quickly. Remove rice from heat and stir in lime zest. Top with toasted coconut.

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