Easy Simple Coconut Rice

As an indulgence from time to time, I enjoy some delicious coconut rice.  It really is a great luau staple.  I can make it easily in my rice cooker.  I will sometimes add it to soups to create a unique flavor combination.  I am planning on using some leftover to make a special coconut rice, mango and black bean salad so be on the lookout for that soon.  Let me know how you enjoy this simple side!

Coconut Rice


  • 2 cups Thai jasmine-scented white rice (not brown, sorry.  It just won’t work for this one)
  • 1 cup good-quality coconut milk (not “light”)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp. dry shredded coconut, unsweetened or sweetened (baking type)


  1. Place rice in rice cooker. Add the water, coconut milk, salt, and shredded coconut. Stir well (use a plastic or wooden utensil to avoid scraping off the non-stick surface). Cover and set to cook.
  2. Once your rice cooker switches to “warm” mode, allow another 8-10 minutes for rice to finish “steaming”. This will ensure your coconut rice is fully cooked and pleasantly sticky.
  3. Gently fluff before serving (some of the shredded coconut may have risen to the surface – just stir it back into the rice). Taste-test it for salt

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