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3 Ingredient Creamy Coconut Rice

Curious how to make coconut rice? This 3 ingredient Coconut Rice recipe uses jasmine rice and coconut milk.  It’s Thai inspired and makes a creamy and delicious side dish with easy to follow directions for the stove top and rice cooker.

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GUYS! I have a great little recipe to share with y’all today.  This unassuming little 3 INGREDIENT rice recipe is a GAME CHANGER in the kitchen.  If you’ve loved eating perfectly fragrant and tropical Coconut Rice on vacation or at your favorite Asian or Thai restaurant… you can now very simply make this lovely side dish at home.

If you’ve ever wondered how to make coconut rice?  Here are the easy to follow instructions!

Closeup of lime slices in a bowl.

How to Make Coconut Rice

The brilliance of this recipe is it really doesn’t take any more work than making a standard pot of rice.  The flavors though totally pop and will make all your favorite Asian and Thai dishes come alive.  Just think about the flavor POP you will get from any stir fry or curry.  This rice is a simple dish that simply elevates your dinner.

Cilantro, Lime and Coconut Rice

What’s in 3 Ingredient Coconut Rice?

I’m not counting the water and salt in my three ingredients.  But this really is the simplest little recipe.

  • Jasmine Rice: You’ll want the classic long-grain rice for the best results.  THIS is a great one.
  • Coconut Milk: This recipe calls for a can of coconut milk NOT the type next to the almond and regular milk.  You can use light or full fat, although the full fat will give  you a much richer coconut flavor.
  • Lime: I love some fresh lime juice in my for a zesty twist.
  • Water: You use coconut milk AND water to cook the rice in.  Equal portions of both give you the perfect well textured rice.
  • Salt: Just a pinch is all you need.

You can also stir in shredded coconut for even more flavor!

How to Make Coconut Rice? Overhead shot of the rice finished product in a bowl.

How to Make Rice with Coconut Milk:

Wondering how to make coconut rice? It’s super simple and can be ready in less than 30 minutes.  Most of that is hand-off time too.  The rice can be made either on the stove top OR the rice cooker.  I’ve included both sets of instructions below.

 

How to Make Coconut Rice on the Stovetop:

  1. In a fine mesh sieve, rinse your rice until the cool water becomes clear.  Rinsing the rice removes extra starch and gives you a better textured rice.
  2. Put the rice, coconut milk, water and salt in a pot with a lid.  Uncovered turn to high heat and allow the rice mixture to come to a boil.
  3. Once the boil starts turn the heat to low and cover.  Cook until the water is absorbed.  Stir a few times to keep it from sticking.
  4. Fluff the rice and add any lime you want to taste.
  5. Garnish with lime slices and fresh cilantro.

 

How to Make Coconut Rice in the Rice Cooker:

  1. In a fine mesh sieve, rinse your rice until the cool water becomes clear.
  2. Put the rice, coconut milk, water and salt in a rice cooker and select “white rice.”
  3. When the cycle is finished, fluff the rice and add any lime you want to taste.
  4. Garnish with lime slices and fresh cilantro.

Can I make coconut rice in an Instant Pot?

I wouldn’t make coconut rice in an Instant Pot because the coconut milk can clog the pressure valve.

Pot with water and coconut milk to cook coconut rice.

What do I serve with Coconut Rice?

This rice is so versatile and can be served with so many things! It goes great with traditional stir fry and curry dishes or even seafood and fish!

Variations & Pro Tips

  • Rinsing the rice beforehand might seem like a pain but it gives you a much fluffier rice.
  • If you want LOTS of coconut flavor stir in some shredded coconut after cooking.
  • I prefer to make my recipe without sugar, but traditional coconut rice calls for that.  Add it if you’d like!

 

Rice with lime, cilantro and coconut.

This crazy DELISH healthy Coconut Rice recipe will change how you serve your favorite Asian dishes!  It’s bright, flavorful and OH SO DELISH.  You’ll be dreaming of the tropics with the first bite.

Get cooking and as always, I’d love to hear what you think.

 

More Healthy Rice Dishes to Love

 

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How to Make Coconut Rice - 3 Ingredient Coconut Rice

Julie Wunder
Curious how to make coconut rice? This 3 Ingredient Coconut Rice recipe makes a creamy and delicious side dish that will remind you of the beach.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 282 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • 13.5 ounce can coconut milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • garnish: cilantro and lime slices

Instructions
 

Stovetop Method:

  • Using a mesh sieve, rinse the rice until the water runs clear.
  • In a pot on the stovetop combine the water, coconut milk, rice and salt. Stir together. Bring to a boil.
  • Once the pot reaches a boil, cover the pot and reduce the heat to simmer.
  • Allow to cook until the liquid absorbs. It should be about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • Once it's done cooking add the lime to taste. Garnish with lime slices and fresh cilantro.

Rice Cooker Method:

  • Using a mesh sieve, rinse the rice until the water runs clear.
  • Put the water, coconut milk, rice and salt in a rice cooker and select "white rice."
  • When the cycle is finished, fluff the rice and add any lime to tase. Garnish with lime slices and fresh cilantro.

Notes

Make sure to shake the can of coconut milk well before you open it.
This can be made with light or full fat coconut milk depending on your dietary preferences.  I calculated the calories for light coconut milk.
For even more coconut flavor stir in a few tablespoons of shredded coconut.

Nutrition

Calories: 282kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 4gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 60mgPotassium: 82mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Coconut Rice, How to Make Coconut Rice
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By | 2020-07-24T13:36:51-04:00 August 17th, 2020|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Side Dishes|24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. Lathiya August 24, 2020 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I love coconut rice and this one sounds easy and with more coconut flavor. I like to add shredded coconut as you suggested.

  2. Ramona August 24, 2020 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    This coconut rice was amazing and so easy to make. A great recipe and the tips are great too. Will be making it again and again. Delicious and so fluffy!

  3. sapana August 24, 2020 at 4:40 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Who would make the coconut rice at home now that we have this perfect recipe. Thanks for sharing the tips and tricks to make the perfect coconut rice.

  4. Em August 23, 2020 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I love everything about this coconut rice! Such a delicious side dish, and pairs with so many main dishes we already enjoy!

  5. Emily August 23, 2020 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    This coconut rice was easy to make with your instructions, and the whole family loved it! It made a great side dish with our dinner!

  6. Genevieve August 23, 2020 at 6:09 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I love jasmin rice and this reminds me of that! I love the idea of adding fresh coconut to really bring out all of those yummy flavors!

  7. Kushigalu August 23, 2020 at 2:21 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Thanks for sharingsimple yet delicious and flavorful rice recipe. Love jasmine rice and coconut milk. Thanks for sharing

  8. Gail Montero August 22, 2020 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I love how the coconut adds so much flavor to the rice! This is a great and versatile side dish!

  9. Sondra Barker August 22, 2020 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I love coconut rice but also thought it was too difficult to make at home. Can’t wait to try this!!

  10. Jacqueline Debono August 22, 2020 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I’m making a Keralan duck curry tomorrow and am going to make this coconut rice to go without. It sounds divine!

  11. Georgina August 22, 2020 at 10:46 am - Reply

    5 stars
    This coconut rice looks perfect. I’ll be making it soon.

  12. Sarah James August 22, 2020 at 10:04 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Your coconut rice looks so fluffy, I love how you can add shredded coconut to give an extra coconut flavour, thanks for sharing.

  13. Amy Liu Dong August 22, 2020 at 3:39 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Wow, such a delicious and an easy way to cook a rice. I love it and I will definitely make this. Thank you!

  14. Jere Cassidy August 21, 2020 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I have everything on hand to make this coconut rice to go with our chicken tonight. Glad to know not to use the instapot.

  15. Stine Mari August 21, 2020 at 10:33 am - Reply

    5 stars
    What a lovely coconut rice recipe. So rich and delicious with the extra tang from the lime. Great that you added both stove top and rice cooker instructions!

  16. Beth August 20, 2020 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    this coconut rice is such a simple recipe, but you have some great flavor ideas here like using jasmine rice, which is one of our favorites. Good tip about using a mix of water and coconut milk, too.

  17. Marta August 20, 2020 at 11:55 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Arroz con Coco is a favorite way to eat rice in the Puerto Rican culture. I love that you’re showing the world how it’s done in an easy way!

  18. Linda August 20, 2020 at 12:53 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I grew up eating coconut rice and this reminds me of my childhood. Definitely can’t wait to try this version!

  19. Maria August 19, 2020 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Such a delicious recipe. The lime adds the perfect flavor. This coconut rice is a lovely complement to so many meals.

  20. Taleen | Just As Tasty August 19, 2020 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I love coconut rice and for some reason have never thought to make it myself! Thanks for the recipe, it looks so easy!

  21. Chef Dennis August 19, 2020 at 10:43 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I made this last night and can’t believe how tasty it was! Coconut Rice is going on our home menu!

  22. Wendy August 18, 2020 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    Wow! This Coconut Rice looks so light and fluffy! I love rice for a side dish.

  23. Leslie August 18, 2020 at 10:12 am - Reply

    5 stars
    This coconut rice recipe sounds amazing!! I love how easy this looks as well! Perfect recipe!

  24. Deborah Brooks August 17, 2020 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    thanks for the tip about the instapot I would not have known that! Looks very tasty I will definitely try it

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