Easy Coconut Rice

If you like the flavor of coconut, this coconut rice is a killer side dish. It is about two minutes more work than normal rice, and it is a great change of pace because the rice goes from being the neutral canvas for other components to stealing the show. My family loves it with black beans and slices of avocado and mango, or pan-fried plantain slices.

The recipe uses both coconut milk and unsweetened dried coconut to give a very intense, flavor and unexpected texture. You can easily make it a day ahead and reheat it in the microwave. It works well with jasmine rice for a Thai or Vietnamese meal (see the picture above), or with basmati rice for Indian or Caribbean cuisine.

Recipe: Easy Coconut Rice

  • Prep Time: 5 min(s)
  • Cook Time: 20 min(s)

This coconut rice is a killer side dish.


  • 1.5 cups jasmine or basmati rice
  • 1 14 oz. can coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened dried shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Prepare the rice in your usual way (rice cooker or stovetop), but substitute the coconut milk for an equal amount of water.
  2. Then add 1/4 cup more water to make up for the fact that the coconut milk has some solid content.
  3. Meanwhile, carefully toast the dried coconut in a dry skillet over medium-low heat, or in a toaster oven. Stir frequently to be sure that it all browns nicely and none of it burns. This should take about 5 minutes.
  4. Reserve a bit of the toasted coconut for garnish. Just before serving the, stir in the rest of the toasted coconut and salt.
  5. Fluff and serve.

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2 Responses to “Easy Coconut Rice”

  1. Aviva Goldfarb Aviva Goldfarb

    Michael, this looks so good I can’t wait to try this simple recipe! Thanks for sharing it, and welcome to Kitchen Explorers!

  2. Jill

    So glad I found this today! I made a coconut crusted tilapia and was able to pick up the ingredients for this too! It tastes amazing!! Thank you so much!