Easy Coconut Rice Recipe

Coconut Rice
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Ratings (102)
  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
631 Calories
30g Fat
84g Carbs
9g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Coconut rice makes a terrific accompaniment to many Thai and Indian dishes, but it's equally wonderful with nearly any Western-style entree. Quick and easy to make, this coconut rice recipe will come in handy for those times when you want to make dinner extra special without a lot of extra work.

Thai jasmine-scented white rice is used in this recipe. You can find it in most grocery stores in the rice section. If not, check at a local Asian or international market.

This recipe uses the stovetop method for cooking rice. Using a rice cooker can make this recipe all the easier to make.


  • 2 cups Thai jasmine-scented white rice
  • 2 cups good-quality coconut milk
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil (or vegetable oil)

Steps to Make It

Gather the ingredients

Coconut Rice recipe ingredients

Rub the oil over the bottom of a deep-sided pot. You will also need a tight-fitting lid.

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Place the rice, coconut milk, water, and salt in the pot and set over medium-high to high heat. Stir occasionally to keep rice from sticking to the bottom of the pot and burning.

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Once the coconut-water has begun to gently bubble, stop stirring and reduce heat to low or medium-low so the water simmers.

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Cover tightly with a lid and let simmer 15 to 20 minutes, or until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the rice.

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To check, pull the rice aside with a fork. If most of the coconut milk-water is gone, go on to the next step.+

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Turn off the heat, but leave the covered pot on the burner another five to 10 minutes, or until you're ready to eat.

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When you're ready to serve the rice, remove the lid and fluff rice with a fork or chopsticks. Taste-test the rice for salt, adding a little more if needed.

Serve right out of the pot, or transfer to a serving bowl.