Rice Cooker Coconut Rice – Simply Scratch

Coconut rice rice cooker recipe

Video Coconut rice rice cooker recipe
Having a rice cooker

has changed my life! And now I can make my coconut rice cooker successfully!

I’ve only said this eight thousand times, but everyone in the world should have one because they’re magical.

More than five years ago, in the early years of Simply Scratch, there was no way I would publish a rice recipe, let alone coconut rice. Why? Because I can’t make rice in a pan, pot, Dutch oven… Anything. It’s not that I wouldn’t try, oh, I would, but it would be an epic disaster when it was done or not done because sometimes it would also turn out to be undercooked. And I was always puzzled (do you still do it?) when I watched a show on the Food Network and someone could effortlessly make rice on their stove. Just. How?

But make fluffy, tender and perfectly cooked rice in a rice cooker? THAT I can do.

Just a month last month I updated my old Aroma rice cooker for its much newer, digital version and I don’t regret it. I love it! So far I have made brown rice for fried rice with vegetables, regular jasmine rice and now the tasty coconut rice.

Coconut rice is

one of my all-time favorites, especially since it’s as easy as pouring into rice, coconut milk, water and salt, closing the lid and pressing a button. Who wouldn’t love that?


Depending on whether I’m making Thai, Indian, or something else entirely, I’ll use basmati or jasmine rice, but long-grain white rice would work just as well. Today it is basmati. I added 4 cups* of rice in a large mesh strainer and rinsed it with cold water until the water comes out clear (this takes a few minutes).

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*Please note that most rice cookers come with their own specific measuring cup. If you don’t have one or (like me) have lost it, measure four 3/4 cups. 3/4 cup is equivalent to the “cup” used with most rice cookers.

Add the rinsed rice to the rice cooker…


Add the entire can of whole coconut milk and then fill it with water to the 4-cup waterline


For a tastier coconut rice, try adding a clove of chopped garlic.

Close the lid, plug it in, and press the white rice button. It’s as easy as that. Did I tell you that I LOVE my rice cooker? Yes.

So I was blogging 3 recipes in one day and TOTALLY forgot to have a drink of the cooked rice in the rice cooker, so I’ll have to tell you that the verse shows you: coconut rice was so fluffy! Each grain separated, not grouped, rubbery or sticky. What should rice look like!

And it smelled AMAZING!


Now, depending on your time or desire for maximum coconut flavor… Then I strongly suggest sprinkling unsweetened toasted coconut on top. It adds texture, flavor and looks pretty when mixed throughout the rice.


To quote my husband:

“It’s been so long since I enjoyed perfectly cooked rice that I forgot how much I like it.” – Pat McNamara 2012

(thanks rice cooker 😉)

Enjoy! And if you give this rice with coconut recipe in rice cooker a try, let me know! Take a picture and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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