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This Coconut Rice recipe is made with only five ingredients — rice, coconut milk, water, sugar, and salt. It is the perfect savory side dish with a touch of coconut flavor.

This Coconut Rice recipe is made with only five ingredients -- rice, coconut milk, water, sugar, and salt. It is the perfect savory side dish with a touch of coconut flavor.

Have you tried coconut rice? It just transforms ordinary rice by infusing coconut milk into the rice while it cooks. It has a light coconut flavor and creamy texture. 

This easy Thai coconut rice recipe is made with only 5-ingredients and gives the best coconut flavor and perfect texture. I love to serve it with so many dishes!

Ingredients:

This 5-ingredient easy, fluffy coconut rice is so easy to make and has the perfect amount of coconut flavor.

  • RiceI suggest using jasmine rice to make this coconut rice recipe. My favorite is the Golden Star Jasmine Rice. I suggest rinsing the rice several times to remove excess starch. This is essential in this coconut rice recipe because of the addition and fat content of canned coconut milk. 
  • Canned Coconut Milkuse only canned coconut milk (NOT coconut milk found in a carton in the refrigerated section). It is imperative to use canned coconut milk because it makes the fluffiest and most flavorful rice. 
  • Waterit is important to use a combination of water and canned coconut milk. The rice needs water to help absorb the coconut milk.
  • Sugara pinch of sugar adds a touch of sweetness to the coconut rice. You can reduce or increase the sugar amount according to preference.
  • Salt add the salt with the water and coconut milk so it infuses into the rice as it cooks.

This Coconut Rice recipe is made with only five ingredients -- rice, coconut milk, water, sugar, and salt. It is the perfect savory side dish with a touch of coconut flavor.

How to rinse rice:

Rinsing the rice helps to remove some of the starch, which helps to create fluffier rice. Pour the rice into a bowl and fill it with water, then swish the rice around. Drain the water, and then fill the bowl with water again and repeat 3-4 times until the water is less murky. Now it is ready to cook!

 How to make Coconut Milk Rice:

  1. Start by rinsing the rice (instructions above). Add the rinsed rice to a rice cooker or pot. 
  2. Stir in canned coconut milk, water, sugar, and salt
  3. If cooking in a pot, bring the mixture to a boil. Once it boils, reduce heat to low and cover. Cook covered for 20 minutes or according to package instructions.
  4. If using a rice cooker, cook according to package instructions or until most of the coconut milk and water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork. 
  5. Top with fresh cilantro, toasted coconut, or sesame seeds.

This Coconut Rice recipe is made with only five ingredients -- rice, coconut milk, water, sugar, and salt. It is the perfect savory side dish with a touch of coconut flavor.

FAQ AND TIPS

  • Rinse the Rice! By rinsing the rice, it helps to remove most of the starch so the rice doesn’t stick together and has a gummy texture. It also cleans the rice. 
  • Add both coconut milk and water. Think of coconut milk as a flavor enhancer and the water helps to perfectly cook the rice. The rice absorbs the coconut milk and creates a creamy texture.  
  • Storage: Allow the coconut rice to cool to room temperature and then transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate. 

What to serve with Coconut Rice:

You can serve so many dishes with coconut rice! You can use it just like you would traditionally cooked rice. I like to serve it with the following dishes:

I love to make my coconut rice in a rice cooker. This is my favorite rice cooker.

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Coconut Rice

By: Modern Honey® - www.modernhoney.com
This Coconut Rice recipe is made with only five ingredients -- rice, coconut milk, water, sugar, and salt. It is the perfect savory side dish with a touch of coconut flavor.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients  

  • 1 1/2 cups Jasmine White Rice
  • 14 ounce can Canned Coconut Milk (full-fat)
  • 1 3/4 cups Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt

Instructions 

  • Start by rinsing the rice (instructions in notes). Add the rinsed rice to a rice cooker or pot. Stir in canned coconut milk, water, sugar, and salt
  • If cooking in a pot, bring the mixture to a boil. Once it boils, reduce heat to low and cover. Cook covered for 20 minutes or according to package instructions.
  • If using a rice cooker, cook according to package instructions or until most of the coconut milk and water is absorbed.
  • Top with fresh cilantro, toasted coconut, or sesame seeds.

Notes

  • Rice -- I suggest using jasmine rice to make this coconut rice recipe. My favorite is the Golden Star Jasmine Rice. I suggest rinsing the rice several times to remove excess starch. This is essential in this coconut rice recipe because of the addition and fat content of canned coconut milk. 
  • Canned Coconut Milk -- use only canned coconut milk (NOT coconut milk found in a carton in the refrigerated section). It is imperative to use canned coconut milk because it makes the fluffiest and most flavorful rice. 
  • Water -- it is important to use a combination of water and canned coconut milk. The rice needs water to help absorb the coconut milk.
  • Sugar -- a pinch of sugar adds a touch of sweetness to the coconut rice. You can reduce or increase the sugar amount according to preference.
  • Salt -- add the salt with the water and coconut milk so it infuses into the rice as it cooks.

How to rinse rice:

Rinsing the rice helps to remove some of the starch, which helps to create fluffier rice. Pour the rice into a bowl and fill it with water, then swish the rice around. Drain the water, and then fill the bowl with water again and repeat 3-4 times until the water is less murky. Now it is ready to cook!

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Thai
Servings: 6
Keyword: coconut milk rice, coconut rice
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This Coconut Rice recipe is made with only five ingredients -- rice, coconut milk, water, sugar, and salt. It is the perfect savory side dish with a touch of coconut flavor.

 

 


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  1. Holy cow this stuff is GOOD!!! An absolute HIT in my home and with our guests. We will be making this a lot. Thanks Melissa for yet another phenomenal recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    I just made this in my pressure cooker to accompany your Honey Chicken recipe that I’m fixing for dinner tonight. YUMMY!! I could eat a big bowl right now and have another later. I’ve never made Coconut Jasmine Rice before… I’m afraid it might become an addiction 😊