Cilantro Lime Coconut Rice

Jasmine rice: a staple of many Asian dishes. Good rice will soak up the the flavors of the dish, but show stopping rice will accent and accentuate.

Cilantro Lime Coconut Rice uses coconut milk, fresh lime and cilantro for the best sticky rice recipe ever! Pairs with any Asian dish. #coconutrice #stickyrice #jasminerice www.savoryexperiments.com


 

Easy Coconut Rice is one of the rices that is flavorful, but subtle enough to pair with many different profiles.

Cilantro Lime Coconut Rice uses coconut milk, fresh lime and cilantro for the best sticky rice recipe ever! Pairs with any Asian dish.

I’ll admit, sometimes I get lazy and forget the coconut, but on a recent trip to Turks and Caicos, I was reminded just how much I love coconut rice.

By itself, or with a very special dish, like Pineapple and Pork Curry or Thai Chicken, Cilantro Lime Coconut Rice is pretty special.

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What is jasmine rice? It is a long grained rice that is known for its fragrance. Uncommonly known is that the aromatic qualities fade over time and may be totally gone in just a few months.

So if you buy a giant bag, make sure to use it up before the elements that make jasmine rice so special are gone.

Jasmine Rice is commonly used for sticky rice because of its unique texture and glutenous nature, even though rice is naturally gluten-free.

While it is very popular in Thai dishes, you’ll see it used throughout Asia and even India. This Cilantro Lime Coconut Rice is even more special because its cooking liquid is spiked with thick, fatty coconut milk.

Cilantro Lime Coconut Rice

Fresh lime juice and cilantro (or in some cases Thai basil) contribute mild flavors that are just barely detected. It will have coconut flavor, but not in an overwhelming way.

Even without the addition of these two elements, coconut rice alone is an excellent base rice for a myriad of dishes, especially those with a hearty sauce.

cilantro lime white rice in a green bowl

Cilantro Lime Coconut Rice can also be served as a stand alone side dish for any Asian or otherwise inspired meal. Add black sesame seeds for even more dramatic presentation!

Before you start cooking, make sure you check out my 9 tips for perfect rice each and every time!

Looking for perfect rice? Here are 5+ tips that can be applied to any rice recipe for perfectly plump rice! #howtomakerice #cookingrice www.savoryexperiments.com

If you want to learn even more about cooking rice, check these recipes out:

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Cilantro Lime Coconut Rice uses coconut milk, fresh lime and cilantro for the best sticky rice recipe ever! Pairs with any Asian dish. #coconutrice #stickyrice #jasminerice www.savoryexperiments.com

Questions you might have about how to make coconut rice:

Do I have to use coconut milk? Well, it isn’t really coconut rice without the coconut milk, but technically you can use any liquid you’d like.

What is the difference between light coconut milk and regular coconut milk? You’ll see a difference immediately in just the texture and consistency. Regular coconut milk is dense and nearly solid while light is more like an almond milk.

You can use either, but light coconut milk (sometimes labeled lite coconut milk) absorbs better if it is the only cooking liquid.

Is coconut rice healthy? I loathe this question and it really depends on your personal definition of healthy. Look at the nutrition info to decide for yourself.

Can you freeze coconut rice? Yes. Rice can be frozen, but might be a little gummy in texture when thawed.

Can I make Asian rice in advance? Sure! Make it up to 24 hours in advance.

Can I use coconut rice to make fried rice? Yes, and please do. It has loads of flavor! Here is my favorite fried rice recipe.

Is coconut milk the same as coconut cream? No! Coconut cream is a sugary coconut flavored syrup perfect for drinks and desserts, but not suitable for coconut rice.

Cilantro-Lime Coconut Rice - The only way to eat rice! Flavored with coconut milk, fresh cilantro or Thai basil and citrus zest!
Cilantro-Lime Coconut Rice - The only way to eat rice! Flavored with coconut milk, fresh cilantro or Thai basil and citrus zest!

Coconut Rice Recipe

4.56 from 9 votes
Cilantro Lime Coconut Rice uses coconut milk, fresh lime and Thai coconut for the best sticky rice recipe ever! 
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 47 minutes
Servings: 4 cups

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Rinse rice well in colander, until water runs clean.
  • Combine rice through fine sea salt in a medium sauce pan and bring to a low boil.
  • Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook, without disturbing, for 30-40 minutes, or until liquid has been fully absorbed.
  • Allow to rest for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork. Add fresh lime or lemon juice and cilantro or Thai basil.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

Nutrition

Calories: 460 kcal, Carbohydrates: 78 g, Protein: 7 g, Fat: 12 g, Saturated Fat: 10 g, Sodium: 599 mg, Potassium: 230 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 3 g, Vitamin C: 0.6 mg, Calcium: 40 mg, Iron: 2.6 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 460
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: coconut rice, sticky rice, thai rice
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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  1. I read the recipe three times. I’m here at work in a tax office, and in a hurry, but am i missing the part where we add the coconut milk in the directions? Please let me know because I would like to make this tonight!

    1. Hi Charlotte, No worries, step #2 instructs to add the rice THROUGH sea salt, which would include the coconut milk and water and sugar too. Hope you enjoy!

  2. 5 stars
    Awesome! I used a 13.5 oz. can of coconut milk and added water to make the full 3 cups of liquid. I also had some leftover fresh grated ginger from the main dish I was making and just added it to the rice and milk. finished with the cilantro, lime juice and lime zest. Perfect.

    1. Hi Diane, Step #2 is to combine the “rice through fine sea salt” which includes rice, coconut milk, sugar, water and salt. Enjoy!