This recipe for Thai Coconut Rice is an easy make-ahead dish. Cooked in coconut milk, it has a subtle coconut flavor that goes well with Asian or Thai food.
This rice? It is NOT just rice. This is rice that won’t fail you by turning into a sticky mess. I like to serve this rice with Thai dishes, but it is good with just about anything. It has a subtle coconut flavour and it always seems to turn out perfectly. It also freezes well, so you may wish to double the recipe and freeze half for another meal.
It is the perfect rice dish for my Mango Chicken recipe and I also serve it with my Baked Lemon Chicken, my Honey Mustard Chicken with Turmeric and those yummy Grilled Turmeric Chicken Kabobs. The toasted coconut on top is totally optional but it sure looks pretty, don’t you think?
Made with fragrant Jasmine rice and cooked in coconut milk, this Thai Coconut Rice hasn’t failed me yet
- 2 cups Thai jasmine-scented white rice
- 2 cups good-quality canned coconut milk* see note below
- 1 3/4 cups water
- 2 heaped tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp coconut oil or vegetable oil,
- Optional: 1-2 tbsp toasted coconut for garnish
- Lightly oil the bottom of a deep-sided pot that has a tight-fitting lid.
- Place rice, coconut milk, water, shredded coconut, and salt in the pot and set over medium-high to high heat. Stir occasionally to keep rice from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
- Once the coconut-water has begun to gently bubble, stop stirring and reduce heat to simmer. Cover tightly with a lid and let simmer 15-20 minutes, or until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the rice.
- Turn off the heat, but leave the covered pot on the burner to steam another 5-10 minutes, or until you’re ready to eat.
- When ready to serve, remove the lid and fluff rice with a fork. Season with salt if needed. Top with a sprinkling of toasted coconut.
- To toast coconut: Place 1 Tablespoon shredded coconut in a frying pan over medium-high heat and stir until light golden brown.
Coconut milk often comes in 14 oz cans. This recipe calls for 2 cups, which is 16 oz. Just add a little water to the coconut milk to make it 2 cups.