Do you enjoy eating RICE? We do, and enjoy it often with our meals. Have you ever tried COCONUT LIME RICE? If you haven’t tried this delicious “Asian-inspired” side dish, I am sharing this easy recipe (from one of my OLD cookbooks), so you can whip some up for your next dinner!
Jasmine rice is cooked in light coconut milk (canned) until all the coconut milk is absorbed into the rice, giving it a very mild coconut taste and a creamy texture. Once cooked, the flavor of this long grain rice is enhanced by adding fresh lime juice and lime zest. That’s it!
The resulting coconut lime rice is very mild in flavor, and pairs perfectly with chicken, fish or pork! You lightly taste coconut and lime in the rice, but it is not an “in your face” hard-hitting flavor. Here’s how easy it is to make:
How To Make Coconut Lime Rice
It’s important to use CANNED light coconut milk for this recipe. You can certainly use regular canned coconut milk, but that has a LOT more calories, if counting! Below is a photo of the kind I use to make this recipe (just so you can “eyeball” it!). It is usually found in the Asian foods section of the grocery store.
Measure the canned coconut milk, water and salt into a medium saucepan (that has a lid). Bring this liquid to a boil over MEDIUM heat. Add the jasmine rice, give it a stir, reduce the heat to LOW, and put a lid on the pan.
Let the rice simmer (covered) for 23-25 minutes on LOW heat, stirring occasionally. You can see in the collage of photos below, how the rice absorbs the coconut milk as it cooks.
Cook the rice until the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender and cooked through. When done, remove the pan from the heat.
Add the fresh squeezed lime juice and lime zest to the rice, and stir, to combine ingredients.
Transfer the coconut lime rice to a serving bowl (if desired), and serve while hot. We enjoyed this rice alongside some juicy grilled chicken breasts. YUM! The rice is delicious!
See how easy it is to make coconut lime rice? Sometimes just a slight twist to making something as common as white rice, can lead to a new taste treat! Sure hope you will consider making this yummy side dish recipe for those you love. Have a GREAT day!
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Recipe adapted slightly from: “Southern Living 2009 Annual Recipes” cookbook, published 2009, Oxmoor House, Inc., page 55
Coconut Lime Rice
It's easy to make coconut lime rice! Jasmine rice is cooked in coconut milk, w/ lime juice & zest. A tasty side dish for chicken, fish, pork & steak!
- 1 cup canned light coconut milk
- 2 cups water
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1½ cups uncooked jasmine rice
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1½ teaspoons lime zest (finely grated lime peel) (, plus additional for garnish, if desired)
Measure canned coconut milk, water and salt into a medium saucepan (that has a lid). Bring this liquid to a boil over MEDIUM heat. Add the jasmine rice, give it a good stir, reduce the heat to LOW, and put a lid on the pan.
Let the rice simmer (covered) for 23-25 minutes on LOW heat, stirring occasionally. Cook rice until the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender and cooked through. When done, remove pan from the heat.
Add fresh squeezed lime juice and lime zest to the rice, and stir, to combine ingredients. Transfer rice to serving bowl (if desired). Garnish with additional lime zest (if desired), and serve rice while hot. Enjoy!