Caribbean Coconut Rice


This fragrant coconut rice pilaf goes especially well with Indian, Asian, and Caribbean entrées. It's so good and so simple, though, you'll probably find yourself making it often to accompany weeknight meals.

coconut rice in bowl
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter

  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 (3 inch) cinnamon stick

  • 1 cup uncooked jasmine rice

  • ¾ cup water

  • ¾ cup light coconut milk

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon grated lime zest

  • teaspoon ground white pepper

  • ¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted


  1. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add ginger, garlic, and cinnamon stick, and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in rice, and sauté until rice grains are opaque, about 2 minutes. Add water, coconut milk, sugar, salt, lime zest, and white pepper and bring to a simmer. Stir once, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes.

  2. Fluff rice with a fork, cover, and let rest for 5 minutes. Garnish with toasted coconut, if using.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

277 Calories
10g Fat
43g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 277
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 249mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 44mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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