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)
418 Calories
16g Fat
65g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 418
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 65g 24%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Protein 6g
Calcium 35mg 3%
*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.