Orange Coconut Rice

Orange Coconut Rice

It’s that creamy and fluffy kind of thing with a hint of citrus. This Coconut Orange Rice has been adapted from the very talented ladies over at The Modern Proper. I love their basic Coconut Rice recipe. It was a game changer for me, and since I love it so much, I was inspired to make a riff of theirs. Ever since, I’ve been using this one with a little less coconut and a little citrus instead. I think it goes well with many fish and chicken dishes that use citrus, like swordfish shish kabobs and my Orange Sriracha Chicken.

Take your two pantry staples, basmati rice and a can of coconut milk, some sugar, salt and OJ and you have everything you need except for…

The Things:

  • Mesh strainer
  • Pot with lid
  • Liquid and dry measuring cups
  • Can opener

The Game Plan.

Plan for about 20 minutes of prep and cooking time, which is the same amount of time it takes to cook regular rice!

  1. Rinse the rice. I used to skip this step, until I realized it makes a world of a difference. Rinse the extra starch away to keep it nice and fluffy.
  2. Liquids go first. Add every ingredient, except the rice to the pot, and bring to a boil.
  3. Next goes the rice. Stir and then let the liquid return to a boil.
  4. Simmer! Lid on and bring the heat down to low. This takes between 15-20 minutes.
  5. Fluff! Eat up.

Orange Coconut Rice

July 1, 2020
: 6
: 5 min
: 20 min
: 25 min
: Easy


  • 7 ounces (half can) of Coconut milk
  • 7 ounces of Orange Juice
  • 1 1/4 cups of water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 cups of long grain white rice (such as Basmati)
  • Cilantro (optional)
  • Step 1 Rinse some of the starch off of the rice using a fine mesh strainer. Don’t skip this step because it will make your rice nice and fluffy instead of mushy.
  • Step 2 Pour the three liquids, salt and sugar into a small saucepan over medium-high heat and stir.
  • Step 3 Bring the liquid to a boil. Add the rinsed rice, stir it all together and return to a boil.
  • Step 4 Bring heat down to low and secure the pot with a fitted lid. Simmer the rice for about 18 minutes.
  • Step 5 Remove the lid, fluff the rice with a fork to make sure all the liquid is absorbed. Turn off the heat and garnish with chopped cilantro (optional).

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