Coconut Rice is a savory side dish that is slightly sweet and creamy. It’s great paired with chicken, fish, curries, and stir fry dishes.
It costs around $2.27 to make this rice. The recipe makes eight servings, which works out to cost about $0.37 per serving.
This rice is excellent served alongside my grilled Hawaiian Chicken with Pineapple Barbecue Sauce! It is also fantastic with my Slow Cooker Hawaiian Haystacks with Avocado Crema and my Hawaiian Food Truck Garlic Shrimp.
With just a few ingredients, you will enjoy fluffy Coconut Rice in no time. You may find you like this Coconut Rice recipe so much you will never want the plain stuff again! I love the naturally rich coconut flavor and the rice’s added texture.
Something magical happens while the rice is cooking. The coconut cream in the coconut milk will caramelize during cooking, leaving sweet brown caramelized flecks in the rice. Those little brown flecks are my FAVORITE part of the rice.
Ingredients and Estimated Cost
Per Serving Cost: $0.37
Recipe Cost: $2.27
- 2 cups long grain rice – $1.12
- 14 oz can coconut milk – $1.08
- ½ cup water – $0.00
- 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar – $0.01
- ½ teaspoon sea salt – $0.01
- ½ Tablespoon shredded coconut – $0.05
NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.
How To Make Coconut Rice
- First, rinse the rice under cold water. Then, use your hands to massage the rice gently.
- Next, whisk together the coconut milk and water using a small saucepan.
- Add the rice, sugar, and salt before boiling the mixture.
- Turn the heat to low and stir the rice before placing a lid on the pot and letting the mixture simmer for fifteen minutes.
- After fifteen minutes, turn off the heat and allow it to sit for ten minutes.
- Finally, stir the rice and place it in a serving bowl and garnish with toasted coconut and parsley before serving.
***For complete recipe instructions, see the recipe card below.
- Instead of long grain rice, you can use Jasmine or basmati rice.
- You can use any type of shredded coconut for garnishing. Sometimes I get a little fancy and use large flake coconut.
- This recipe will give a nice, subtle coconut flavor. However, if you want a more pronounced coconut flavor, then try adding a drop of coconut extract when you add the rice to the pot.
Serving and Storage Tips
SERVE: You can keep the rice out for about two hours before placing it in the refrigerator.
STORE: Cover and place the rice in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
FREEZE: Once cooled, place the rice in a freezer-safe container and freeze for 4-6 months.
THAW: Thaw the rice at room temperature for about 3 hours before reheating or overnight in the refrigerator.
REHEAT: Place the rice in a microwave-safe bowl. For each cup of rice, add 1–2 tablespoons of water and stir to combine. Place the coconut rice in the microwave and heat for 2-3 minutes, heated through.
Adding coconut milk helps turn this already fiber-rich dish into one with additional nutrition benefits.
Adding coconut milk, which is very thick, makes it especially important to wash the starch from your rice. Adding a little water to the coconut milk helps thin it enough to absorb it into the rice. If you haven’t washed the rice, this will lead to sticky, mushy rice. Or you may have added too many liquids and cooked too long.
The coconut milk is not sweet, so I add sugar. It does have a slight hint of sweetness, but nothing bold. It’s a savory side dish that’s a traditional Chinese recipe. Sweetness is not intent. There’s a mild hint of coconut, which is truly delicious.
Coconut cream is thicker than coconut milk. Therefore, if you use it, only use 1 cup and up the water to 1 cup.
Yes. Prepare the same way and turn on the rice cooker as you usually would for regular rice.
Yes! Add all the ingredients (minus the toasted coconut) to the instant pot, press the manual button, and change it to 5 minutes. When the 5 minutes are up, let the rice depressurize for 5 minutes before releasing the pressure lock.
More Side Dishes
- Cranberry Pecan Curry Rice
- Rice Pilaf with Orzo
- Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
- Pad Thai Rice
- Easy Mexican Rice
- Creamy Homemade Coleslaw
- Simple Fried Rice
- 2 cups long grain rice
- 14 oz can coconut milk
- ½ cup water
- 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ Tablespoon Shredded Coconut toasted
- Parsley or cilantro chopped (optional garnish
- Lime wedges optional
- Rinse the rice under cold water with the help of a sieve or fine mesh strainer until the water is clear. Next, use your hands to massage the rice gently. While doing this, the agitation will help remove more starch from the rice.
- In a small saucepan, add the coconut milk and the water, and using a whisk, mix well until combined.
- Add the rinsed rice, sugar, and salt and bring to a boil.
- At this point, turn down the heat to low and give a last stir of the rice.
- Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Do not remove the lid.
- After 15 minutes, do not lift the lid; just turn off the heat and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.
- After the 10 minutes are up, remove the lid and give it a good stir.
FINISH AND SERVE:
- Transfer the rice to a serving dish and garnish with the toasted coconut and parsley. Serve with lime wedges.