Recipe of the Month with Sammy Moniz: Pressure Cooker Coconut Rice

November 14, 2022 by
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Nutrition Information (serving 1 cup cooked): Serves 6, 116 cals / 5g F / 15g C / 2g P

This Pressure Cooker Coconut Rice is a simple recipe that I can make with my eyes closed at this point. On average, Mat was consuming about 2-3 cups of cooked rice per meal when he was training to compete. Needless to say, I was making this recipe just about every day. I chose to make it daily because doubling a rice recipe doesn’t always work 1:1, the volume of liquid needs to be slightly reduced even when the volume of rice increases. I don’t have the exact science all worked out but just trust me on this. 

Our approach to fueling and feeding was less about weighing and measuring and more about consuming. After some testing at a sports lab, it was recommended that Mat consume 9,700 calories a day to fuel for the rigors of his daily training. 

That being said, we knew that was not necessarily an obtainable number strictly because of how much time it takes to consume that much. It’s a part-time job on top of a full-time training job. Our goal was to simply eat as much as possible and fit in those feedings as frequently as possible. Rice was an amazing way to fuel up at each meal to prepare Mat for whatever training was to bring later that day or to fuel up for the following day of training. 

With how much rice Mat was eating, plain cooked rice just wasn’t cutting it. Just because rice is plain, doesn’t mean the flavor has to be plain. A little butter, salt and coconut milk goes a long way to making this rice luscious. A typical meal in our house is meat, veggies and rice. This rice is served well with Pork Chops, Smoked Chicken Mango Bowls, Teriyaki Salmon Bowls or Soy Beef Bowls. Whatever you’re looking to make for lunch, dinner or meal prep, this Pressure Cooker Coconut Rice is bound to be your new favorite addition. The best part about this rice is while it’s cooking, you can prepare the rest of your meal. It’s not something that takes up too much of your attention, the pressure cooker will take care of everything!

STOVE TOP VERSION: If you don’t have a pressure cooker, this recipe is easily amended for the stop top. Place all the ingredients into a pot on the stove. Bring the rice to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once the rice boils, reduce the heat to low and cover. Set a timer for 20 minutes. When the timer rings, turn the heat off completely and allow the rice to sit covered for an additional 20 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve. 

Photo Credit: Sammy Moniz


  • 2 cups white rice (jasmine or basmati)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 (15 ounce) can coconut milk (full fat or reduced)
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Place all the ingredients into the bowl of your Ninja Foodi (or instapot). Place the lid on and seal to close. Make sure the pressure valve is set to SEAL.
  2. Select “pressure cook” and set to HIGH for 10 minutes.
  3. When the pressure cook has completed, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 Minutes before moving the pressure valve to VENT.
  4. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve hot!
Photo Credit: Sammy Moniz

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