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Once you try this easy coconut rice recipe you’ll never make plain rice again. This basmati coconut rice is the perfect pair to curries and stir fry!

easy coconut rice


We made it! The first week of back to school, behind us. It’s only going to get crazier from here I’m sure, but we’ll find our groove. Wally had his first day of pre-k yesterday and it was adorable. I forgot how far Oscar has come from when he first started! 

Anyway, as school picks up, along with all of the activities I (stupidly) enrolled my children in, we’ll be going, going these next couple of months. I’m going to need A LOT of easy dinner wins, and we can’t have skillet linguine EVERY night. Or can we….!?

This particular recipe is one of those recipes that I have been making for years now and only just thought of sharing it with you all. Duh. Sorry. Once you try it you will be spoiled like us, and never want regular rice with your curries again! Making it coconut-y is sooo simple and soooo good. Like so simple. 

What is coconut rice made of?

Well, THIS recipe is made from coconut milk, white rice, a bit of sweetener and salt.

easy coconut rice

So, how do you make coconut rice?

Basically, instead of water, you use coconut milk…

No, but for real. Replace half of the water that you would normally use for basmati rice with coconut milk (I use full fat) and add a bit of maple syrup and salt for flavor. You can totally use brown sugar too, if maple syrup is not your thing. I highly recommend that little bit of sweetness though!

Boil the mixture, add the rice and let it all simmer for 10-11 minutes. Allow it to settle, fluff it up and serve!

I’m not gonna lie, after making the coconut rice I have a hard time not just shoveling it into my face all on its own. BUT I urge you, try to resist! It goes so well with so many curries. One of my favorite dishes to serve this with is this Instant Pot butternut squash Thai curry from Oh She Glows.

I’ve listed a few of my other fave curry dishes from LIMO at the bottom of this post, too!

I can’t gush to you enough about how much I love this one You’ve got to try it, you’ll love it too! 

easy coconut rice

easy coconut rice

As promised, here are my favorite curry dishes from the blog that pair PERFECTLY with this rice!

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easy coconut rice

Easy Coconut Rice

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  • Author: Katherine | Love In My Oven
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups rice 1x


Once you try this easy coconut rice recipe you’ll never make plain rice again. This basmati coconut rice is the perfect pair to curries and stir fry!


  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup full-fat coconut milk*
  • 1 tsp maple syrup**
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup white basmati rice, rinsed and drained


  1. In a medium sized saucepan, combine the water, coconut milk, maple syrup and salt. Heat the mixture over medium-high heat until boiling. Add the rice, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 11 minutes. Place the lid on the rice after 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat, and allow it to sit for a few minutes before removing the lid and fluffing the rice with a fork. Serve immediately.

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.


*You can use light coconut milk, but the rice won’t be as creamy

**Feel free to substitute with 1 tsp brown sugar

***This recipe can easily be doubled, or tripled! Use the recipe card 🙂

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
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Easy Coconut Rice

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  1. How have I never tried coconut rice?! This one looks like a nice balance of fluffy and creamy. I can’t wait to try it the next time I make a spicy dish! It would be the perfect side!

    1. I can’t believe you haven’t tried coconut rice, Leanne! You’ve got to change that STAT!! It is so good with the spicy dishes!!

  2. This rice looks so perfect and fluffy, Katherine!! My nephew is crazy for coconut rice but I’ve never known how to make it. I will definitely make your recipe soon when he visits- he’s in for a real treat!! 😀

  3. Besides my grandmother’s Armenian rice pilaf recipe, coconut rice is my favorite! Coconut milk makes it so rich and creamy, and I could eat this every day!

    1. Ooh a rice pilaf sounds delicious! I eat so much of this coconut rice, I don’t think I’ll ever tire of it!

  4. this sound delicious Katherine…it looks too yummy and i can’t wait to make it, I will make this coconut rice tomorrow’s breakfast for my hubby…Thanks for shared a beautiful recipe….!

  5. This is comfort food in a bowl!!! I grew up eating rice 2-3 times a day and with coconut trees in our backyards, coconut was used in every meal, snack and dessert. YUMMM

  6. How great is that recipe? Can’t wait to make this – so easy and can’t imagine a tastier rice for curries! Yum! – PS, I’ll definitely double this recipe.😉

    1. Thanks Laura!! I bet you’ll love it. It’s so perfect with a spicy curry! (You’ve definitely gotta double)!

  7. Seriously sounds so good! Way better than regular rice I’m sure. Can’t wait to try it Katherine! Pinning! xo

  8. Growing up, rice was served very rarely in our house…now it’s one of my favourite side dishes. I could eat it everyday! I’m always looking for new rice recipes to try out and this looks like a keeper!

    1. We eat a ton of rice these days too! The only problem is the mess the kids make of it all over the floor, haha. Thanks Bernice!!