If I allowed them to, my kids could probably eat brown rice for three meals a day. It's one of those foods the both of them have loved since they first started eating solids and, lucky for me, it’s as nutritious as it is tasty. But as easy as plain old steamed rice is to make, I wanted to try making something a little bit different that's still simple to prepare.

I've used coconut milk before as an ingredient in my kids’ baby food purees like Sweet Potato Coconut Puree, but I never thought of adding it to rice until recently. The milk gives it a subtle coconut flavor and an almost creamy consistency that totally livens up the every day rice that we're used to.

And if you find that you have some left over from dinner, you can try what I did with mine. Just add some vanilla rice milk and a touch of cinnamon and you’ve got a unique breakfast treat or a special spin on rice pudding for dessert! My guys ate it as both! When a recipe is as easy to make as this one is AND everyone is happy eating it no matter when I serve it, I realize that I better keep it stocked in the fridge at all times!

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Coconut Rice (Serves 4)

Prep Time: 0 mins Cook Time: 30 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 1 14 oz Can Coconut Milk, unsweetened (low fat or regular)
  • 1/4 Cup water
  • 1/4 Tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Cup Brown Jasmine Rice

Preparation

1. Place the coconut milk, water and salt in a medium size pot and bring to a boil.
2. Add the rice, stir until combine, bring back to a boil, cover and reduce to a simmer.
3. Cook for 30 minutes, turn heat off and let sit covered for 10 minutes.
4. Serve.
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45 comments

  • Cassie

    sounds yummy!!!!!!!!! what did your kids eat the rice with? before you made it into breakfast?

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  • Leslie

    Yes, what else is on that plate, looks tasty?!

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    • Blanca

      Looks like shrimp

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    • Meghna

      Funny, I was thinking that it looks like Plaintains. If it is, please blog the recipe. My daughter and I love sweet plaintains. I am unsure of how to make them, so I just stay away! We venture forth to caribbean joints when we have to have our \"fix\"!

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    • Catherine

      Shrimp teriyaki :)

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  • Courtney

    This is a great recipe! Catherine, I love your recipes and style of simple, yet flavorful, healthy cooking! I'm a vegan vegetarian, an I try new recipes all the time. Life is all about variety! And I like that about your creativeness in the kitchen.

    This recipe is similar to what I do. I like to take med grain brown rice and put it in the rice cooker with some water, coconut milk, a tsp of salt, an onion cut in half, and a bell pepper chopped. 40 minutes later, it's meal time!

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  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}

    This sounds tasty. I love just about anything made with coconut milk.

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  • Raquel Barcenilla

    I wonder if I could make this in my rice cooker?

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    • Catherine

      yes you can!

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  • Carla

    I was also wondering what else you had on the plate (in the picture above).

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  • Brown JASIMINE is hard to find at my local market, will BASMATI work?

    I use it for almost all rice dishes.

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    • Meghna

      Hi Carma. I make this style (Coconut Rice) all the time for my family. It is a very traditional style rice dish in India, where we are from. We always use Basmati for making it. Tastes wonderful!

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    • Catherine

      I have not tested this recipe with regular basmati, I assume the cooking time would be less than brown basmati. But regular basmati will work :) Here is another recipe that would work just to give you an idea :) http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/semi-homemade-cooking-with-sandra-lee/coconut-rice-recipe/index.html

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  • Sorry , another question: can the coconut milk in the carton be used or must it be the canned type?

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    • Catherine

      I don't see why not :) as long as the measurements come out the same

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    • CP

      I think she's referring to the Coconut milk that's a substitute milk product while the recipe is referring to the cooking ingredient coconut milk. There might be a change in the consistency and less of a coconut taste, because the substitute milk product tastes less than coconut.

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  • Amy

    I love so many things about coconut milk! 1) that it can last in our cupboards longer than regular milk, and 2) that it is a great way to add flavor. We love it in rice and oats.

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  • Courtney Reimer

    I am making a thai recipe tonight that this would be perfect with. I only have regular brown rice though. Do you think it would still come out ok?

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    • Catherine

      Short grain brown rice has a bit more starch, so it might be a bit sticker (but still yummy.

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  • Deb

    HAve you thought about putting nutritional info on your recipes? I for one would love that!

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    • Catherine

      I've thought about adding nutritional information, but for now I really want people to focus on balance and health instead of calories. Down the road this may change :) Great idea, though!

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  • Ashley

    Do you think I could throw everything into my rice cooker?

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    • Ashley

      Sorry, missed the reply above before posting!

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  • Peg

    I like you, love rice. I just never thought about using coconut milk. Sometimes the simplist thing is the very best. Can't wait to try it!

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  • Sarah

    I make something similar to this using basmatti rice, and coconut oil among other things in my rice cooker...I think a fresh young thai coconut's milk would be great as well. Thanks for the recipe!

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  • Tracey

    Sounds great, are the measurements US ones (I can convert if they are) and what size can of coconut milk? Thanks!

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    • Catherine

      It is a 14 oz can :) and yes US measurements

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  • Holly

    My friend lived in the DR for a while and she made a variation of this for us. She added tomato paste, some chopped up veggies, and beans. I think she might have made the rice plain then put the beans and sauce over it. Anyway, it was delicious. What a good idea for baby food!

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  • Meghna

    Made this in rice cooker. Delicious! Two year old loves it. Also put a couple spoons in my blender and pureed it for my 7 month old. Two thumbs up!!

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  • Tara

    I make coconut rice all the time for my family and they love it. I always make tons so I have lots of leftovers to turn into rice pudding. For the pudding, I add 1/4 cup of chopped candied ginger with raisens or dried cranberries and I throw an egg in with some more coconut milk and bake it for about 45 minutes. So yummy! The kids will eat it for breakfast too and think they are getting to eat dessert for breakfast!

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  • tada! Shop

    this was my most favorite dish in colombia when we would visit when i was little. thank you for reminding me of it, will be trying it on my girls.

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  • Casey

    Can't wait to try this recipe. Might use some onion in it. Whenever we go to Australia to visit my hubby's family we go to this little Burmese restaurant that THE BEST coconut rice. I've tried different variations before but they never come out quite as good, but it doesn't stop me from trying! I am sure my 2yr old and 8.5 month old will love it.

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  • Adrienne

    As the mother of a picky vegetarian 3 year old, I love your website! Question re: this recipe. I couldn't find brown jasmine at the particular grocery store I was at today. What would be a good substitution -- brown basmati or brown long grain? (I've got a pot on the stove as we speak with the latter, we'll see how it turns out!)
    thanks

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    • Anayasmama

      UPDATE: the regular long grain brown rice turned out GREAT in the recipe! Picky toddler gobbled it right up. I love that it's something the whole family can eat. And I had no problems with the rice being hard -- I think the recipe's instructions to let it sit in the pot covered for 10 minutes after coming off the heat is key. THANKS!

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    • Elisangela

      Aretilcs like this are an example of quick, helpful answers.

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  • jnl3619

    I love coconut rice. Leftovers make great rice pudding too.

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  • Stella

    Hi, I want to have rice a lot more in my daughters diet &amp; this would be perfect but I always find conflicting advice on whether rice can be frozen. Can anyone help? :)

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  • Adriana

    Mine came out undercooked, :( what could I have done wrong? And is there a way that I can fix it? Thanks! :)

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  • Allyssa

    i am trying to make it but i don't know how much 1 14 oz is ? can u plz tell me how much it is in ml???? I'm desperate !!!! Me and my family love coconut rice but we cant find the right recipe. plz help.

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    • Catherine

      A 14 ounce can of coconut milk is 400 ml! :)

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  • Clarissa

    My 9 month old loved this dish! Thanks!

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  • Ambs

    Would this work in a rice maker?

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  • Christine

    No good. Over cooked

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