Coconut Rice

Coconut Rice | Life After Wheat

I was first introduced to coconut rice while on a girl’s night out at a favorite Mexican restaurant, and with the first bite I knew it would have to be recreated at home so I could eat it all.the.time. The trick to perfect coconut rice? Just the right ratio of coconut milk to water. This took a few goes to achieve but was well worth the wait! A perfectly subtle and ever-so-slightly sweet flavor sets this rice at a whole different level than your classic side dish.Coconut Rice | Life After WheatIt is perfect on its own, served warm with a little brown sugar and milk, sprinkled on a taco salad or served alongside Tacos or Thai Peanut Wraps. There are so many ways to enjoy it, the possibilities are endless!

Coconut Rice

*gluten-free *soy-free *egg-free *dairy-free *oat-free


  • If you aren’t a fan of almonds or don’t have any on hand, simply leave them out.
  • You can make this with many different types of rice, but basmati is by far our favorite.


  • 1/2 T olive oil (or canola or grapeseed)
  • 1 cup Rice (we like white basmati)
  • 2/3 cup full fat Coconut Milk
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt, more or less to taste
  • 1/4 cup dry roasted, sliced almonds


  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, add rice, and saute 2 minutes, stirring a few times.
  2. Stir in coconut milk, water, sugar, and salt. Cover, return to boil and then reduce heat to low.
  3. Simmer 20 minutes, until liquid is absorbed.
  4. Fluff with fork or spoon and stir in, or sprinkle with, sliced almonds if you want. You can also garnish with coconut.

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    Audrey @ Unconventional Baker
    June 23, 2015 at 8:40 am

    I love coconut rice — one of my favorite treats at Thai restaurants ♥ This looks lovely!

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    Strength and Sunshine
    July 8, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Cooking any grain in coconut milk is always a good thing! So much creamy flavor!

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    Jules Dowler Shepard (@THEgfJules)
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    I could seriously eat this for breakfast! Totally pinning! Thanks for the ideas!

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    July 9, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Oh my, I need to try this! Totally up my alley. Yummy!

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