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Coconut Rice

Coconut Rice

Hello!  I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and Monday.  It was actually pretty warm here.  Warm and rainy.  But now the tides are turning.  Soon it will be cold and rainy. 🙂  And suddenly if feels like we’ve stepped backwards into February.  I’m in a big sweater sipping on some tea.  I don’t want to go back.  I want the warmth.  And I’ve been in the mood for summery foods that remind me of places where the temperature probably never gets below 60.  Like coconut, for instance. Who doesn’t love coconut any which way they can get it?

I really like making Thai red curries.  It’s a good excuse to use tons of veggies.  It’s what I make when I have no idea what to make.  And if you’re making a comforting curry why not have a little rice on the side, right?  Because CARBS!  Ahh…carbs.  My favorite. 🙂

But one day I decided I didn’t just want normal brown rice or white rice on the side.  I wanted to do a little something something.  I love flavoring rice with chilies.  But this time I decided to go the coconut route.

Coconut Rice

This fluffy, delicious rice is cooked in coconut milk.  I used full fat, but I’m guessing a lower fat version would work fine too.  It gives the rice such a nice subtle coconut flavor.  Just a touch of jazz hands. You definitely know it’s there, but it’s not too out there so as to clash with whatever you might be making.  So you know what that means…make it with all the things!!!  On the side of curries, baked chicken, steak, burger night, waffles…OK, maybe not that last one.  Or maybe it could be a new cool trend, like chicken and waffles?  😄  Or maybe not. 😉  I like to finish this rice by putting some thick strips of coconut on top.  Coconut here, there, and everywhere!  I’m making up for not eating coconut much during my youth by binge eating it now.

Call me crazy, but I think this could be the start of a really great rice pudding.  Maybe cook the rice in a little more coconut milk so it’s runny like rice pudding…then add in some toasted almonds, maybe some toasted coconut, and some cinnamon (of course).  And maybe to keep the beach theme going add in some hunks of mango when it’s all done.  Is anyone else hungry yet?

This rice is so nice and comforting.  It’s like the food equivalent of hugging your favorite stuffed animal.  So I can just sit here, eating my rice, pretending that I’m in some kind of tropical locale.  Time to put some salsa music on. 🎉

(From How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman)

Coconut Rice

5.0 from 2 reviews
Coconut Rice
  • 1 tbsp peanut or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups canned coconut milk
  1. Put oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add rice and stir until it starts to become translucent, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the salt and pepper. Stir in the coconut milk.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for about fifteen minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed.


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  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen April 26, 2016, 8:42 am

    Yum! I love using coconut milk. This rice looks so delicious! 🙂

    • Amanda April 26, 2016, 9:00 am

      Thanks! This kind of makes me want to use coconut in other foods. Maybe a root veggie mash? Or a fondue? I need more coconut in my life.

  • Aria April 26, 2016, 3:49 pm

    AHHH COCONUT! I love coconut. Yes. Carbs. Fellow carbivore over here! Seriously, I would probably eat pasta, French bread, potatoes, and cake all in one meal. You need to make a rice pudding recipe out of this, for sure!

    • Amanda April 27, 2016, 10:04 am

      I could totally eat bread and potatoes in the same meal. Carbs forever! 🙂

  • Eva @ Eva Bakes April 27, 2016, 2:03 pm

    YUM – love the idea of using coconut milk! I’d love to eat this with a spicy Thai curry… 😉

    • Amanda April 29, 2016, 8:35 am

      Thanks, Eva. You’d love it with curry!

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary April 27, 2016, 3:15 pm

    Coconut anything makes me swoon and this coconut rice is totally deserving of jazz hands! I could eat this rice on it’s own! Cheers, girl!

    • Amanda April 29, 2016, 8:36 am

      Thanks so much! I may have eaten a bit of this by itself. Carbs forever! 😄

  • Kate @ Framed Cooks April 28, 2016, 5:24 am

    Great minds think alike – we are both coconutting our rice this week! Yours looks scrumptious!

    • Amanda April 29, 2016, 8:37 am

      Thanks so much! It’s just a coconut week! I could eat it different ways every single day and be totally happy. Coconut just makes you happy!

  • annie@ciaochowbambina April 28, 2016, 8:19 am

    This sounds so delicious I can’t even handle it! You know this will be on my menu! Thank you!!

    • Amanda April 29, 2016, 8:37 am

      Aww, thanks Annie!

  • Annie @ The Garlic Diaries April 28, 2016, 9:36 am

    This is making me crave coconut rice like nobody’s business!! It looks absolutely perfect 😍. Pinned!

    • Amanda April 29, 2016, 8:38 am

      Thank you! I hope you like it!

  • nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry April 28, 2016, 12:11 pm

    As someone who eats rice at least three times a week, I can’t wait to give this flavor variation a try.

    • Amanda April 29, 2016, 8:39 am

      I can definitely relate to eating rice that often! 🙂 Cheers!

  • Liz @ Travelling Table Tales April 28, 2016, 6:55 pm

    I definitely share your love for carbs. I love coconut rice. I used to cook up a big batch for dad and he would literally eat it all. Without anything else. Thanks for sharing. xx

    • Amanda April 29, 2016, 8:40 am

      Thanks so much, Liz! Carbs just make you do a happy dance, right? The perfect food. 😀

  • Manali@CookWithManali April 29, 2016, 5:00 am

    I love coconut flavor so I need to try this!

    • Amanda April 29, 2016, 8:41 am

      Thanks! If you love coconut I think you’ll really like this.

  • Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen April 29, 2016, 5:47 am

    Rice has been a staple food foe me, I can eat rice everyday. This coconut rice looks so full of delicious flavors. Can’t wait to try this, Amanda. Happy weekend to you. 🙂

    • Amanda April 29, 2016, 8:42 am

      Thanks, Anu! I hope you have a great weekend too!

  • Megan - The Emotional Baker April 29, 2016, 5:57 pm

    I love coconut rice, but I’ve never paired it with curry (a favorite of mine too!) I can’t wait to try your version and try it with a Thai dish!

    • Amanda May 1, 2016, 8:54 am

      I hope you like that combination! 😀

  • Lisa @ Chocolate Meets Strawberry May 1, 2016, 9:49 pm

    Oh yum, you’ve reminded me of my coconut rice obsession, Amanda! The stuff is just so addictive. The Thai place just around the corner from our house makes delicious coconut rice and I swear I could eat it as a meal just on its own, sans curry or stir fry! I love your idea of transforming this recipe into a delicious rice pudding with just a few tweaks, too – sounds delicious, and I bet it would be great with that mango on top. Nom nom 😀

    • Amanda May 2, 2016, 9:19 am

      Thanks, Lisa. That Thai place near you sounds amazing. If I had a place like that so close to me I might blow up an air mattress and sleep in their kitchen. Haha.

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