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Coconut Rice

Fluffy Coconut Rice is the perfect savory side to serve with your favorite grilled meats, in rice bowls piled with beans, grilled veggies, and shredded Kalua Pork, and with many other dishes. Forget plain old white rice and elevate the flavor with coconut milk. Ready in 20 minutes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 353kcal
Author: Amy Nash


  • 2 cups jasmine rice or long grain white rice
  • 13.5 ounces full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cilantro garnish


  • Rinse rice a couple of times in cold water, draining it in a fine mesh sieve. Return the rice to a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Add rice, coconut milk, water, sugar, and salt to pan over medium-high heat. Give it a stir, then let it come to a boil.
  • Once the liquid starts to boil, cover the rice and reduce heat to a simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from the heat and let the rice rest, still covered, for 10-15 minutes before fluffing with a fork. Sprinkle with cilantro before serving.


  • Rice cooker instructions: If you want to use a rice cooker, just follow the same instructions of rinsing, then add all of the ingredients to the rice cooker and close the lid. Press the "start" or "white rice" button, depending on your rice cooker. When the timer goes off your rice is done!


Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 208mg | Potassium: 212mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 3mg