When we serve tangy or spicy dishes, coconut rice often replaces bread or potatoes as a side dish. This is a smooth, slightly sweet, side dish — but still savory. Surprisingly, it doesn’t taste much like coconut. The coconut milk simply makes it creamy.
We serve it with my husband’s Asian Turkey Burgers alongside tangy mango salsa.
Make extra for leftovers! We love Asian rice and eggs. Warm up a 1/2 cup of leftover coconut rice and top it with an egg cooked over easy and a drizzle of soy sauce for a tasty breakfast.
Creamy Coconut Rice
This rice, cooked with coconut milk, elevates the flavor of the rice. It's a solid accompaniment to many dishes.
- 2 cans unsweetened coconut milk (13.6 oz cans)
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 cups jasmine rice (or other rice)
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 3 tsp sugar (can be omitted)
- Dump all ingredients into a medium sauce pan.
- Bring to a low simmer, then turn the temperature down to low.
- Cook for 20-25 minutes until all liquid is absorbed.
- NOTE: Stir this rice a couple of times during cooking so the coconut milk does not burn on the bottom of the pan.
- TIP: Serve with a sprinkle of lime zest over the top to make it pretty. The lime tastes great, too.
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We enjoy this rice with a lot of Asian dishes, and as a side dish with Rob’s famous Asian Turkey Burgers and mango salsa.
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