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Coconut Rice is easy to make and the perfect side dish for so many different styles of meals. It has a mild coconut flavor, but it’s still delicious!

Coconut Rice in a white bowl.

What does coconut milk rice taste like?

Rice cooked in coconut milk has a mild coconut flavor. It is slightly sweet, but only has a mild coconut flavor.

What kind of coconut milk should I use?

You can use either canned coconut milk or the kind of coconut milk that comes from a carton in the refrigerated section. Either will work. When using canned coconut milk, be sure to shake the can well before opening or stir the contents together after opening. There may be chunks, but don’t worry, that is normal. Simply pour everything from the can in with the rice, chunks and all.

Can coconut rice be made with brown rice?

Yes it can, but the steaming time on the rice will need to be increased significantly. Instead of 15 minutes, steam the rice with the lid on for 50 to 60 minutes.

Coconut Rice in a white bowl with a wooden spoon in it.

What kind of rice should I use?

Use any long grain white rice in this recipe. Avoid using specialty rices like arborrio or quick rices like instant rice. These kinds of rices require a different ratio of liquid to rice as well as different cooking times.

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Coconut Rice in a white bowl.
Coconut Rice is easy to make and the perfect side dish for so many different styles of meals. It has a mild coconut flavor, but it's still delicious!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups white rice
  • 1 15 ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Heat olive oil in a medium-sized saucepan over medium high heat. Add in rice and toast, 2 to 3 minutes, stirring until rice begins to turn a light golden brown.
  • Pour in coconut milk, water, and salt. Bring to a boil.
  • Place a lid onto the saucepan and reduce the heat to low.
  • Simmer on low 15 minutes, until all liquid has been absorbed and rice is tender. Use a fork to fluff rice and serve hot.


Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Sodium: 208mg | Potassium: 228mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1.5mg
Course: Side
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Coconut Rice
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