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A bowl of tropical coconut-lime rice on a placemat with toasted coconut and cilantro around it and two spoons in the background.

Tropical Coconut-Lime Rice

  • Author: Amanda McGrory-Dixon
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x


No summer meal is complete without a heaping side of this tropical coconut-lime rice! Made with caramelized coconut cream, this tender, fluffy Jasmine rice boasts summer's best flavors and makes the perfect side dish for any grill-out.



2 cups jasmine rice
1 (15)-ounce coconut cream can, shaken and stirred into one cohesive mixture before using, divided
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 1/2-3 cups water
1 lime. juiced
Fresh chopped cilantro, for garnish, optional


  1. Place rice in a fine-mesh sieve and run cold water over it. Allow to drain.
  2. Add rice to a medium-size pot lightly sprayed with cooking spray with 1 cup coconut cream, sugar and salt. Bring just to a boil, stirring every so often to help dissolve the sugar. Turn heat to low, put on the lid and cook until the rice caramelizes on the bottom, about 20 minutes, though you can cook for up to 40 minutes if you want more caramelization. Using a wooden spoon, scrape up the caramelized bits.
  3. Add the water and bring to a boil again over medium-high heat. If you like rice that has a slight stickiness to it, like sushi rice, use 3 cups of water. If you prefer a less sticky rice, use 2 1/2 cups of water. Reduce heat to low, place the top on and cook until the rice absorbs the water and is soft and fluffy, about 15-20 minutes. Stir in remaining coconut cream and lime juice. Fluff with a fork. If desired, garnish with fresh cilantro. Enjoy!


  • For full tips, please see blog post.
  • Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Stove-Top
  • Cuisine: Thai


  • Serving Size: About 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 200
  • Sugar: 4
  • Sodium: 783
  • Fat: 13
  • Saturated Fat: 13
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 16
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 1
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: coconut lime rice, coconut rice