Coconut Brown Rice

The secret to the maxed-out flavor of this coconut brown rice dish? Coconut in three forms—milk, oil and shredded.

Coconut Brown Rice
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

  • 2 medium shallots, sliced into rings

  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

  • Pinch of salt plus 1/2 teaspoon, divided

  • 1 cup long-grain brown rice, rinsed

  • 1 (14 ounce) can light coconut milk

  • ½ cup water


  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots and cook, stirring often, until starting to brown, 4 to 6 minutes. Add coconut and cook, stirring often, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.

  2. Add rice to the pot and stir to coat. Add coconut milk, water and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a low simmer, cover and cook until the rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Serve the rice topped with the toasted coconut and shallots.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

233 Calories
9g Fat
34g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 233
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 5g 10%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Vitamin A 1IU 0%
Sodium 240mg 10%
Potassium 178mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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