Creamy Coconut Rice

This Creamy Coconut Rice recipe is full of delicious coconut flavor and you won’t believe how easy the recipe is!

This recipe for Creamy Coconut Rice is FULL of delicious coconut flavor!  You won't believe how easy it is to make!

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Have you ever discovered a “new” food, fell in love with it, then ate it so much you got sick of it? Yep, that’s me and this Creamy Coconut Rice, except I’m still waiting to get sick of it!

I make this side dish about once a week, and it’s my 9-year-old’s first request when I ask what he wants for dinner each week!  It’s seriously so easy, so delicious, and pairs well with a ton of different foods!

I have been obsessed with using coconut in recipes for quite some time now.  It all started with this Coconut Curry Chicken.  I never liked coconut as a child, and now I can not get enough!  Funny how that works, isn’t it!?

Ingredients for Creamy Coconut Rice

So, once upon a time I decided to attempt to make coconut rice with nothing but rice, water, and a can of coconut milk.  I had no idea if it would even work since every other coconut rice recipe seems to involve more!  To put it simply, it works amazzzzzingly well!  I call this Creamy Coconut Rice for good reason!

The rice (especially brown rice) may take a little longer to cook than it normally would if you just used water, but be patient.  The end result will be the creamiest rice you could ever imagine!  And it will be loaded with coconut flavor!  Loaded!


Combined IngredientsFinsihed Creamy Coconut Rice in Pan


I have made this with both reduced fat and regular coconut milk and regular definitely works best.  Of the few brands I have tried, I have had the best results with the Thai Kitchens brand regular coconut milk (this is not a sponsored post, just my own personal experience).

This Creamy Coconut Rice pairs well with all kinds of dishes.  I serve it when I make curries, fish, and anything that has a tropical vibe to it, like this Cuban Spice Marinated Pork!  I also really like it with this Pan Seared Chicken with Creamy Coconut Cilantro Lime Sauce because in my opinion, you can never have too much coconut!

Creamy Coconut Rice Plated

If you are a coconut-lover, like me, you have got to try this super easy Creamy Coconut Rice!  I think you will love it!  Leave a comment or send me a message and let me know how it goes!



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  1. Add rice, coconut milk and water to a saucepan. Stirring occasionally, bring to a boil. cover an let simmer until the liquid is absorbed, still stirring once in awhile. Check to make sure the rice is tender. If not, add a little more water and continue simmering until it is done.
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58 thoughts on “Creamy Coconut Rice

  1. I have never had this before. I have heard alot about it though. I have never really been a fan of coconut.

    1. I never liked coconut either until a couple years ago, now I can’t get enough!

    1. I found it varies depending on what kind of rice you use. When I use standard white rice, or jasmine, it’s not that much longer at all…but brown rice can take 10-15 minutes longer.

  2. I love everything about this! Have you ever had mango sticky rice? You make the rice kind of similarly to this and it’s like my favorite thing ever. YUM!

    1. I have not, but def think I need to look into it because if it’s similar to this, I have to try it! I love coconut AND mango!

  3. I use basmati rice, so I’m guessing I may need a bit more water or coconut milk to make it creamy. The rice to water ratio I use for perfect rice is 1 cup washed basmati to 1-2/3 cups water.

    1. I would use what you normally use and have 2 parts coconut milk to one part water. You can use all coconut milk, but it may take longer to cook.

  4. Oh man this sounds sooo good!! I don’t blame you for the addiction. I wonder how it would taste with a little bit of cinnamon to spice it up! 🙂

  5. I don’t suppose you know if I could use coconut oil rather than coconut milk? I have a huge 5 litre jar of coconut oil and no coconut milk!? I will be making in a rice cooker, so I might just start with a little coconut to test. Thank you

    1. I have no idea! It would also depend on if your coconut oil is refined or not as to how much coconut flavor you’ll actually get. We use coconut oil in coffee and to fry coconut shrimp in just to offer you a few other ideas for it 🙂

  6. I love coconut rice. I’ve tried once when one of my Jamancian friends made it for me and it was delicious! Thank you for the recipe. Plan to make it for my family (:

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