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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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Servings: 4
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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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.

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