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!


Coconut Rice

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Author: Catherine McCord
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 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


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


Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Sodium: 160mg | Fiber: 2g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


    1. Hi Laura! So sorry about that – the instructions have been added back 🙂 Glad you’ve enjoyed this recipe for years!

  1. 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.

  2. Mine came out undercooked, 🙁 what could I have done wrong? And is there a way that I can fix it? Thanks! 🙂

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

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  5. 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!

  6. 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!)

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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!!

  11. 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!

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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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  16. 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!

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

  18. 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?

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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

  22. 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!

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

    I use it for almost all rice dishes.

  24. 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!

  25. 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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