Coconut Rice

Coconut Rice

While we were on our honeymoon in Hawaii, we ate a lot of coconut flavored foods and had quite a number of coconut flavored tropical drinks.  My husband and I are both huge fans of coconut, so of course we took full advantage of all the different options.

This rice is not something we ate while on our honeymoon but the flavors took me back to vacation.  I also thought it was funny that the recipe came from a cookbook I received as a wedding gift – please excuse my nerdy sense of humor.

We like this rice so much that I’ve made it several times in the last few weeks, especially since the start of grilling season.  It goes incredibly well with Asian flavors, which we frequently use to marinate chicken, pork, etc., and has the texture of sticky rice.

The coconut flavor seems to intensify over time, so we could really taste it in the leftovers the following day.  The green onions and cilantro add just the perfect bit of extra flavor to the rice, and personally I just love the green color it gives to the dish.  Give this rice a try – hopefully it will make you think of tropical foods and more importantly, wonderful vacations.

Yield: 4 servings

Coconut Rice

Recipe for coconut rice. Made with creamy coconut milk, cilantro and green onions! So flavorful and pairs perfectly with so many dishes!

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  • 2 cups white basmati rice
  • 2 cups plus 5 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 2 to 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the rice, 2 cups of the coconut milk, water and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, stir once, then turn down the heat to low. Cover the saucepan and simmer until the liquid is absorbed (about 15 to 20 minutes).*
  2. Turn off the heat and let stand for 5 minutes while still covered. Gently mix in the lime zest, green onions, cilantro and remaining 5 tablespoons of coconut milk. Let stand for another 2 to 3 minutes then serve.

*I’ve found that the cooking time varies depending on the brand of basmati rice. It can sometimes take around 30 minutes (again depending on brand) for the rice to cook completely. Check the package directions for estimated cook time.