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How to Make My Favorite Coconut Rice

My absolute favorite, creamy coconut rice made with three simple ingredients for the best side dish! This easy coconut rice recipe is ready in just under 30 minutes and is delicious paired with your favorite meals like salmon, stir frys, curries and more.

Course Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Keyword coconut rice, how to make coconut rice
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 325 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 2 cups jasmine white rice
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans full fat coconut milk (can also use lite coconut milk from the can)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Combine rice, coconut milk, water and salt in a medium pot, and bring to a boil.

  2. Once boiling, cover with a tight-fitting lid, reduce heat to low and simmer rice for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove from heat (keep the lid on -- DO NOT OPEN), and allow rice to steam for another 10 minutes, then fluff rice with a fork. Serve with your favorite meal such as salmon, stir fry, etc.

Recipe Notes

To make a smaller batch: simply use 1 cup rice, 1 can coconut milk, ¼ cup water, pinch of salt and that’s it!

To store: let the coconut rice cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container or bag. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days, and simply reheat it in the microwave before serving. See the full blog post for freezing instructions.

Sweet: add 1 tablespoon of sugar 

Fruity: add 1 diced mango

Cilantro lime: add ¼ cup chopped cilantro + 1 lime, juiced

Turmeric ginger: add 1 teaspoon ground turmeric + ½ tablespoon freshly grated ginger (or sub ½ teaspoon ground ginger)

Curry: add 1 tablespoon curry powder

Nutrition Facts
How to Make My Favorite Coconut Rice
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (based on 8))
Calories 325 Calories from Fat 158
% Daily Value*
Fat 17.5g27%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Carbohydrates 38.8g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1.3g1%
Protein 4.3g9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.