17 Coconut Rice Side Dishes That Are Perfect Partners for Spicy Foods
Go nuts for coconut with this collection of flavorful coconut rice side dishes—featuring recipes from comforting Cuban black bean and coconut rice to slightly sweet, fragrant Thai coconut rice, and more. These rice recipes have just the right amount of stickiness, and are the perfect accompaniment to spicy main dishes.
Toasted Coconut Yellow Rice for Rice Cookers
This foolproof recipe shows you how to cook perfectly tender yellow coconut rice in a rice cooker with water, canned coconut milk, sweetened flaked coconut, and turmeric. Sprinkle toasted coconut over the rice for even more coconut flavor.
Tampa Coconut Cilantro Rice
Rice cooked in coconut water has a subtle sweetness compared to regular rice. The addition of cilantro and butter adds even more richness, making it such a good accompaniment to spicy main dishes. "Delicious!" says reviewer sakroll. "The flavors of this are great...sweet and aromatic."
Thai-Style Fragrant Rice
Create something special to serve with a traditional Thai curry by cooking fragrant jasmine rice in coconut milk with minced ginger, soy sauce, lemongrass, fresh curry leaves, and Thai basil. Home cook DONNAE23 gave this recipe 5 stars: "Everyone in my family loved this!"
Asian Coconut Rice
Rice is simply cooked with coconut milk and a little bit of sugar for sweetness to create a delicious side dish for spicy food. Garnish with toasted coconut and chopped cilantro if you like. "My family loved it!" says home cook Grace. "This is the only rice they want to eat now!"
Instant Pot® Coconut Rice
After soaking the rice, it's cooked in a flash in a multi-functional pressure cooker with unsweetened coconut milk, chicken stock, and sugar. Substitute the chicken stock with coconut water for a vegan version. "Loved this recipe! Came out perfectly!" says home cook Shivvy.
Coconut Jasmine Rice
This quick and easy coconut rice side dish is slightly sweet with just the right amount of stickiness. "This recipe turned out great!" says home cook Sara Przbylski. "Made it as a side dish to Hawaiian chicken shishkabobs. I added pineapple tidbits when I poured the rice in and pineapple juice at the very end. Awesome!"
Sweet Coconut Rice
"Definite keeper!" says reviewer Nicole. "I doubled the recipe and instead of using two cans of coconut milk, I used one can of coconut milk and one can of coconut cream for a little more sweetness!" Garnish this sweet, sticky rice with shredded coconut if you like!
Coconut Curried Rice with Cashews
Instant rice is cooked in coconut water and seasoned with curry powder, cinnamon, chili powder, and turmeric for an Asian-inspired, colorful side dish. "We served this rice with spicy potato curry and raita and it was very good," says reviewer big family.
Coconut Water-Lime Rice Pilaf
Rice is baked in coconut water in this foolproof rice side dish. Shredded carrots, green onions, cilantro, and lime juice are added just before serving. "I really enjoyed this!" says home cook LauraF. "I thought it was tasty and very easy to prepare. I'd baked rice in the oven before — it always comes out perfectly!"
Coconut Rice with Black Beans
This comforting Cuban-style black bean and coconut rice side dish goes particularly well with super spicy curries or main dishes. "A very good, flavorful side dish" says reviewer Foxy. "I added two cloves of minced garlic and a bit of thyme to the rice before cooking."
Savory Coconut Rice
"I love coconut rice, especially as a side for spicy grilled meats but when I order it out, it's usually too sweet for my tastes," says recipe creator Chef John. "I decided to create a more savory version at home. There are lots of things you can add, like herbs, fresh vegetables, and/or sliced spring onions."
Instant Pot® Pineapple-Coconut-Lime Rice
Perfectly cooked rice gets jazzed up with crushed pineapple, lime juice, lime zest, and spicy red chili flakes in this speedy side dish. Substitute the water for chicken stock for added flavor. Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro if you wish.
This authentic south Indian dal side dish involves cooking white rice and yellow lentils in a combination of coconut, chile peppers, cumin and turmeric. Add cashews and garnish cilantro and shredded coconut to serve. "This was really good!" says reviewer nightfall. "The balance of simple but bold flavors works."
Coconut Lime Rice
Give rice a triple dose of coconut by toasting the grains with coconut flakes in coconut oil before simmering the rice in coconut milk. "I used brown basmati rice and it turned out great!" says home cook LynnM. "I loved the thickness and stickiness the coconut milk provided to the rice."
Creole Rice and Kidney Beans
Rice is cooked in coconut milk with kidney beans, thyme, and cloves in this fragrant, creamy side dish that goes well with Caribbean-style jerk chicken or meaty curries. Add a pinch of spicy creole seasoning or garnish with thinly sliced chili peppers if you prefer things hot!
Coconut Rice with Edamame
Try this coconut and curry flavored jasmine rice with roasted edamame (soy beans) for a flavor-packed side dish. "This tasted amazing!" says reviewer elizabeth412. "I ended up compulsively adding a bit more coconut milk (before even tasting it) because I love coconut milk so much!"
Basmati rice is simply cooked in coconut milk for a richer, creamier side dish. "I fell in love with coconut rice at a restaurant and I decided to try it at home," says reviewer TooT212. "I could only find light coconut but in my opinion, this turned out just as perfect as in the restaurant!"