Creamy Coconut Rice is an easy coconut rice recipe that’s made with rich and creamy coconut milk!  This is a delicious gluten-free and vegan side dish that everyone will love!

Coconut rice in white bowl with coconut and scallions on top

I’m crazy for coconut, which I’m pretty sure you already know.  I’ve presented coconut to you in a number of sweet recipes, but here’s a little something new.

This coconut rice is a wonderful, savory way to enjoy coconut. 

I can’t make this coconut milk rice often enough, and my family never seems to mind. 🙂

Coconut Rice

If you’ve never had coconut rice before, you’re missing out.  The coconut milk makes the rice rich and creamy, giving it a silky mouthfeel.

The coconut flavor is very subtle, and even people that don’t like coconut won’t dislike this rice!  

Creamy Coconut Rice is great served with Thai curry dishes, teriyaki, or any simple grilled meat, fish, or stir-fry.

If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, just eat a bowl of it all on it’s own. 🙂

Coconut rice in white bowl overhead shot

How to make coconut rice 

  1. Add the rice, shredded coconut, coconut milk, water and salt to a medium pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cover, reduce heat slightly, and simmer for 15-20 minutes until all of the liquid has been absorbed.
  2. Fluff the rice gently with a fork, then keep covered and let stand 10 minutes.
  3. Serve the rice garnished with scallions and toasted coconut flakes, if desired. 

Recipe tips and substitutions

  • Jasmine or brown rice may be substituted for the long grain white rice, but cooking times and the amount of liquid used will vary.  Be sure to follow package instructions.
  • To toast coconut flakes, place in a large skillet over medium low heat until lightly golden, about 3 minutes.  Keep a close eye on them as they burn easily.
  • You may substitute full fat coconut milk for the light version but the nutrition information will change.

Close up of coconut rice in white bowl

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Coconut rice in white bowl front view

Creamy Coconut Rice

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 2 tablespoons finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • scallions and toasted coconut for garnish optional

Instructions 

  • In a medium saucepan, add the rice, shredded coconut, coconut milk, water and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cover, reduce heat slightly, and simmer for 15-20 minutes until all of the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Fluff the rice gently with a fork.
  • Serve the rice garnished with scallions and toasted coconut flakes, if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Jasmine or brown rice may be substituted for the long grain white rice, but cooking times and the amount of liquid used will vary. Be sure to follow package instructions.
  • To toast coconut flakes, place in a large skillet over medium low heat until lightly golden, about 3 minutes. Keep a close eye on them as they burn easily.
  • You may substitute full fat coconut milk for the light version but the nutrition information will change.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g, Calories: 137kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Sodium: 222mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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