Coconut Cilantro Rice

After looking online for different Asian rice recipes, I decided to make my own version of coconut cilantro rice. In this recipe I used light coconut milk (because that’s what I had on hand) but if you want the rice to have a stronger coconut flavor and to be extra rich then you should definitely use regular coconut milk. I think the cilantro gave it an extra special flavor and it really paired perfectly with the Asian Salmon and the Garlic-Ginger Bok Choy Sauté.  It turned out really delicious and we all loved it, even my daughter, who usually doesn’t care for rice.

Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the rice and cook, stirring often so the rice doesn’t stick to the pan, for 3-4 minutes. Add the chicken broth and coconut milk then season with sea salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium low. Cover and let cook 20 minutes.

Remove the rice from the burner without removing the lid and let it sit for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the lid and fluff rice with a fork. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and mix until well combined. Taste & re-season if needed. Serve and enjoy.

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Coconut Cilantro Rice

Yield: 4-5

Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients:

1 tsp olive oil
1 clove of garlic
1 cup basmati rice
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup light coconut milk
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the rice and cook, stirring often so the rice doesn't stick to the pan, for 3-4 minutes. Add the chicken broth and coconut milk then season with sea salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium low. Cover and let cook 20 minutes.

Remove the rice from the burner without removing the lid and let it sit for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the lid and fluff rice with a fork. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and mix until well combined. Taste & re-season if needed. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

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20 Responses to “Coconut Cilantro Rice”

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    terry — June 12, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

    Hello ,recipe sounds great but when is the coconut milk added ?

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    • Pam replied: — June 12th, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

      Terry,

      It’s added with the chicken broth. I have corrected the recipe. Thank you!

      Cheers,
      Pam

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    gloria — June 12, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

    I love this coconut cilantro rice Pam :)

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    lenia — June 13, 2013 @ 1:52 am

    Yummy and exotic!Love it!

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    Carmen Rosa — June 13, 2013 @ 2:14 am

    Yummy!!! A very pleasant, easy recipe.

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    Jenn — June 13, 2013 @ 5:29 am

    I tried making a coconut lime rice recently and it was sooooo incredibly good. I would love to have made it with cilantro, but Chris dislikes it so much he might have called off our wedding :) lol

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes — June 13, 2013 @ 5:54 am

    I love cilantro! The rice sounds great!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — June 13, 2013 @ 8:36 am

    I can only imagine how much I love this. I looove cilantro lime rice, but I also love coconut, so I can’t wait to swap some ingredients and try this!

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    Daniela — June 13, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    This sounds like heaven for rice lovers!
    I would have never thought of preparing rice with coconut milk, it’s a brilliant idea.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 13, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    Cilantro rice is my absolute favorite! I never would’ve thought to add coconut milk though!

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    Joanne — June 13, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

    I feel like I’m always looking for new ways to spruce up rice! This is perfect!

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    The Café Sucre Farine — June 13, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

    Love cilantro rice and the addition of coconut milk sounds wonderful!

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    Rhonda — June 13, 2013 @ 6:55 pm

    Oh no the C word! Can’t do cilantro :)

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    Blond Duck — June 13, 2013 @ 6:56 pm

    Nothing better than cilantro and coconut!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — June 13, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

    Rice is always a great side dish. I love the what you added to this rice, sounds yummy.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — June 14, 2013 @ 4:09 am

    I have to try this too! Love coconut ANYTHING!

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    grace — June 14, 2013 @ 1:54 pm

    i tend to avoid rice, but golly, i couldn’t stay away from this for very long!

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    Kalyan — June 15, 2013 @ 12:28 am

    looks delicious & mouthwatering!

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    LeeAnn G — June 17, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

    Made it with brown rice tonight…had to add about 2 more cups of water but sooo yummy!

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    Chris — June 22, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

    This would rock with some fajitas! Oh yeah…is it too late to start grilling?

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