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Coconut Rice Recipe – Rice Cooker

Coconut Rice Recipe – Rice Cooker

Healthy Coconut Rice

This simple coconut rice recipe shows you how to make some non-sticky healthy coconut rice in your microwave in a rice cooker.

Coconut rice is found in many different cultures across the world, especially where you have coconuts. I have come across it in several forms, sticky and non-sticky, like this one, mainly in Asian cooking.

non-sticky coconut rice

Coconut rice recipe 

How best to cook fluffy rice

There are many different ways to cook rice: in the pan, in a dedicated rice cooker, in the Instant pot etc etc. But in this recipe, I use a microwave rice cooker to cook my rice.

The reason for this is that I find it is the easiest way to get good results. I must admit, I do have an Instant pot, but have not yet tried it to cook rice as I believe it takes longer. It is also less convenient for me as I do not have room for my Instant Pot in the kitchen. So I only tend to use it for time-saving on slow-cooked dishes.

In my experience, using a good microwave rice cooker, always gives the best results for non-sticky rice. Whether you want pilau rice or coconut rice.

I have a trusty old Pampered Chef microwave rice cooker (no affiliation), which is one of my most important kitchen utensils.

sweet coconut rice

I have had it for about 30 years and it is still going strong, even though some lifting lugs have broken off, it does not have cracks and still works fine.

It is basically a plastic, slotted lid contraption with an internal bowl, which acts like a sieve, with holes in the bottom. You simply use the internal bowl to rinse your rice, and then to soak it for the required time.

I love the Pampered Chef brand as they are so durable, but the type I have is no longer available. If you are looking for one, make sure it is BPA free, and try and get one with an internal bowl with holes in the bottom. It is more washing up but you can also use it to steam vegetables for example.

And make sure it fits into your microwave!

How to cook coconut rice in rice cooker

When you are ready to cook your rice you just cover the rice with a level of water (and in this case coconut milk) and let it cook in two sessions of 5 minutes in the microwave on full power.

coconut rice with semoor
Coconut rice with smoor djawa

Nothing could be easier. You do not have to watch it and you can do other stuff in the kitchen. If you forget to reset the 5 minutes, it is not really any big deal. You do it when you have time.

I definitely recommend this way to make rice as it produces nice fluffy rice that is sweet with the taste of coconut. You can also just leave out the coconut milk, which will give you some nice clean plain white rice, perfect as well for many other dishes.

I use this rice with many of the Asian dishes I cook at home, see some of the links below the recipe.

Good luck trying out this recipe, and please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

How to make rice in microwave rice cooker

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Coconut Rice Recipe - Rice Cooker

Yield: 3
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 41 minutes

This simple coconut rice recipe in the microwave rice cooker can be used to produce some delicious fluffy coconut rice that does not stick together.


  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 2 cups of Basmati rice
  • Water
  • Pinch of Salt


    1. Wash the rice well under the tap in a stream of cold water until the water runs clear.
    2. Soak the rice in cold water for at least 30 minutes.
    3. Drain the rice until the dripping stops.
    4. Place the rice in the microwave rice cooker.
    5. Add the tin of coconut milk and equivalent volume of water and a pinch of salt and stir well.
    6. Heat on full power in the microwave for five minutes.
    7. Remove from microwave and check water level. Refill with hot water to just cover rice if necessary and stir well.
    8. Heat on full power again in microwave for another 5 minutes.
    9. Remove from microwave immediately and remove inner bowl from rice cooker. Throw away any remaining water / coconut milk and leave to rest in the rice cooker for 5 minutes before serving.


    Serve up with any Thai or Indonesian curry or stew.

    Feel free to add some shredded coconut for some extra taste if you wish.

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    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 397Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 65mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 5g

    This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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    Sunday 24th of December 2023

    This sounds like a great recipe, and I was also a Pampered Chef Director, so am familiar with the Microwave Rice Cooker. Can you please let me know how much water to add - the recipe does not indicate this. Thank you 🌹


    Tuesday 26th of December 2023

    The amount of water IS actually clearly indicated in the recipe. Originally one can of water. And top up if required to just over the level of the rice after 5 minutes.

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