Coconut Rice: Arroz con Coco

Coconut Rice - Arroz con Coco
Marian Blazes
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
229 Calories
14g Fat
26g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 229
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 367mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 207mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Coconut rice is a fragrant sweet-savory rice that pairs especially well with seafood. This particular method for preparing coconut rice comes from Colombia and involves cooking the coconut milk until it separates and the coconut solids start to caramelize and turn brown. The resulting rich toasted coconut flavor is then cooked into the rice, along with the delicious crispy bits of browned coconut. The raisins add a touch of sweetness, but this is definitely a savory rice. It's delicious served with chicken in creamy coconut sauce.

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  • 1 (13.5-ounce) can coconut milk

  • 2 cups rice

  • 1/4 cup raisins

  • 3 cups water

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Place the coconut milk in a heavy saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil.

  2. Simmer the coconut milk, uncovered,  until the liquid has evaporated and the coconut solids start to separate from the oil. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the coconut solids have turned a  dark golden brown color.

  3. Stir the rice and the raisins into the pot with the coconut milk. Add the water, the salt, and the sugar, and mix well.

  4. Bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer the rice, covered, for about 15 to 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the rice remain on the stove for another 5 to 10 minutes, covered.

  5. Fluff the rice and serve.