This Easy Coconut Rice recipe is so simple to make and absolutely delicious! It's the perfect recipe for when you want to add something special to the dinner table without any extra effort or fuss! Tired of boring and bland sides? Look no further than this craveworthy rice!Recipe can be scaled up or down by using the slider if you hover your mouse over the number of Servings.
Optional Garnish: Toasted Finely Chopped Coconut (SEE NOTES), Lime Zest, Lime Wedges, Cilantro or Scallions, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Rinse, soak and drain rice: Rinse the rice in a fine-mesh strainer with cold water until the water runs clear. Transfer the rice to a small bowl and soak in cool water for 10-15 minutes. Drain rice again.
Combine all ingredients: In a small Dutch oven or medium (3-quart) saucepan, combine the drained rice, coconut milk, broth (or water), coconut flakes, garlic, ginger, sugar and salt. Stir well to thoroughly combine.
Bring to a simmer: Place the pan over medium high heat and bring contents to a rapid simmer without stirring. Once simmering, stir ONCE to combine.
Cover and cook: Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid and reduce heat to low. Steam (no peeking!) for 15 minutes.
Rest: Remove the pan from the heat (with the lid still on) and let the rice sit for 10 minutes.
Adjust seasoning: Remove the lid and use a fork to fluff the rice. Remove garlic and ginger and discard.
Serve: Season to taste with toasted coconut, lime zest and fresh herbs if desired. (SEE NOTES)
Storage: Store leftover rice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
To toast coconut flakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spread unsweetened coconut flakes out in a single, thin layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake, removing the pan from oven and stirring every 1 ½-2 minutes, for a total of 4-6 minutes or until coconut flakes are golden brown and toasted.
For the most flavorful rice: I highly suggest topping your rice with at least toasted coconut flakes and fresh lime zest! Those two additions will really take your rice to the next level of yum!
Nutritional information is an approximation based upon 6 servings. Exact nutritional information will depend upon the brands used and precise measurements.