Make this Cilantro Lime Coconut Water Rice with jasmine rice, coconut water, coconut cream, lime and cilantro, for a tasty side dish.

Cilantro Lime and Coconut Water Rice

Friends, this recipe is inspired by Andrea Nguyen’s use of coconut water, instead of coconut milk, to make coconut rice.

Cilantro Lime Coconut Water Rice

The result is SO fresh and light, and with the touch of lime and cilantro, it’s the perfect Mexican side dish! You can serve this recipe with this Steak Taco Board.

white rice with lime and cilantro

Coconut Water Rice with lime and cilantro

This is a better version of your everyday, regular white rice. It has a nice flavor to it. We use jasmine rice, and if you follow the directions, the outcome is a delicious rice that you can fluff with a fork right before serving.

While testing this recipe, we ended up with a layer of brown, crispy rice at the bottom of the pan, and it is DELICIOUS. The rice crisps in the coconut.

Cilantro Lime and Coconut Water Rice

How to make rice with coconut water

Cooking rice in coconut water is simple. Replace the plain water in your recipe with the same ratio of coconut water and cook as usual.

And then, of course, you add coconut milk and a few other ingredients.

All you need are these ingredients for Coconut Water Rice with lime and cilantro

  • Jasmine rice
  • Coconut oil
  • Coconut water
  • Kosher salt
  • Limes
  • Coconut cream
  • Fresh cilantro and mint

wood bowl of Cilantro Lime Coconut Water Rice

This dish pairs perfectly with any Mexican meal, but you can also serve it with a tropical meal. It’s a great Thai side dish served with fish or chicken.

It’s super easy to make, it has a delicious and rich, natural coconut flavor and it complements so many flavors. Plus kids and adults alike love it!

Can I cook with coconut water?

Add coconut water to replace regular water. Buy a brand that is normally something you’d drink. The brands vary in flavor, so you might want to taste them first. Some brands are sweeter than other brands, that are very mild in flavor.

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Does coconut rice taste like coconut?

Yes! Rice cooked in coconut water, and then with coconut cream added, is slightly sticky, and creamy in texture with a very mild coconut flavor. Just add salt and a few other ingredients for a savory, sweet rice.

How to make coconut rice

Rinse the rice.

Replace tap water with the same amount of coconut water to cook rice.

Add the coconut oil and melt, then add the drained rice, coconut water, and salt.

Stir and cook and simmer.

Allow to rest, and fluff the rice with a fork.

Add lime zest, coconut cream, and cilantro.

Garnish with more cilantro and mint and serve!

Coconut Water Rice

How do you add more coconut flavor to the rice?

If you want to add more coconut flavor, add a handful of toasted unsweetened coconut flakes and stir.

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Cilantro Lime Coconut Water Rice

This recipe is inspired by Andrea Nguyen’s use of coconut water, instead of coconut milk, to make coconut rice—the result is SO fresh and light. While testing this recipe, I ended up with a layer of brown, crispy rice at the bottom, and it is delicious. The rice crisps in the coconut.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup jasmine rice
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 ¾ cup coconut water
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 5 small limes, zested and cut into wedges, divided
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut cream, melted
  • cup finely chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • Fresh mint

Instructions

  • Rinse rice 2-3 times until water is almost clear and no longer opaque. Use a strainer to insure all the water is out before boiling.
  • In a medium pot, add the coconut oil and melt over high heat. Once melted, tilt pan to coat the bottom, then carefully add the drained rice, coconut water, and salt. Stir as you bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat to medium and cook for 2-3 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Bring heat to low, cover the pot with a tight fitting lid, and allow to sit undisturbed for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat completely and rest for 10 minutes more.
  • Using a fork, gently mix in the lime zest, coconut cream, and ¼ cup cilantro—fluff the rice upwards so as not to smush the grains. Cover and let sit for 5-8 minutes. To serve, add a generous squeeze of lime and sprinkle of cilantro or mint.
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Coconut Water Rice with lime and cilantro

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