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Easy Five Minute Coconut Rice

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This Easy Five Minute Coconut Rice recipe is a delicious, simple, time-saving way to prepare a flavorful rice side dish. Using instant rice and a few simple ingredients, Instant Coconut Rice will compliment many different main course meals and is ready in only five minutes!

Easy Five Minute Coconut Rice in a white bowl.

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Why You’ll Love This Instant Coconut Rice

I absolutely adore this instant coconut rice recipe, and I’m confident you will too! It’s the epitome of convenience, blending rich flavors of coconut milk and toasted coconut flakes that harmoniously match with an assortment of main courses.

Whether it’s a savory dish that calls for full fat coconut milk or a lighter version using coconut milk water or light coconut milk, this recipe adapts beautifully. What’s truly remarkable is that it delivers an explosion of taste in just minutes.

Imagine serving a side that usually takes upwards of 30 minutes to cook, now ready in mere minutes, including minutes cook time. This minute coconut rice not only transforms your mealtime but does so without any compromise on taste. It’s a delightful way to bring a twist to your table with minimal fuss and maximum flavor.

Instant Coconut Rice Ingredients

*Ingredient amounts are located in the recipe card at the end of this post.

  • Coconut Milk: The star of the show! I always opt for full fat coconut milk for that rich, creamy taste, but you can totally use light coconut milk if you’re watching the calories.
  • Instant Rice: For us busy folks, rice instant is a lifesaver. Brown rice can also be used for a healthier twist.
  • Ginger and Garlic: These add a punch of flavor and warmth, making the rice aromatic and inviting.
  • Sweetened Coconut Flakes: Toasted coconut flakes sprinkled on top add a delightful crunch and a hint of sweetness.
  • Cilantro: A sprinkle of this gives a fresh, herby finish that contrasts beautifully with the rich coconut.
  • Garlic Salt: Just a pinch enhances all the flavors, making the minute coconut rice utterly irresistible in just minutes cook time.
Easy Five Minute Coconut Rice in a bowl surrounded by a coconut, coconut flakes and cilantro

How to Make Five Minute Coconut Rice

[Step 1] First, pour a can of coconut milk into a measuring cup and add enough water to equal two cups. Pour it in a medium sauce pan and whisk in the garlic, ginger, and garlic salt.

[Step 2] Heat the coconut mix mixture over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Stir in the rice then remove from heat and cover. Let it sit for about 5 minutes.

[Step 3] Fluff the rice with a fork and stir in the cilantro and coconut flakes. Serve it with your favorite entree.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use light coconut milk instead of full-fat coconut milk?

Yes, you can use light coconut milk for this coconut rice recipe, but remember that full-fat coconut milk gives the rice a richer flavor and creamier texture. If you’re counting calories, light coconut milk is a good alternative, though the final dish might be slightly less luxurious.

How do I get the perfect consistency for my coconut rice?

Achieving the perfect consistency is all about the coconut milk to water ratio. For fluffy and moist coconut rice, use a mixture of coconut milk and water. The key is to not let it be too soggy or too dry. Following the minute coconut rice cook time instructions closely will ensure good results.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it, your ticket to quick and tasty coconut rice in just minutes! With this Instant Coconut Rice recipe, you can satisfy your cravings for a tropical-inspired dish without spending hours in the kitchen.

Whether you’re in a hurry or just looking for a hassle-free side dish, this recipe proves that delicious doesn’t have to mean complicated. So grab your ingredients, fire up your stove, and get ready to enjoy the flavors of the islands in no time!

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A bowl of easy coconut rice

Easy Five Minute Coconut Rice

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Passive Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

Easy Five Minute Coconut Rice recipe is a delicious, simple, time-saving way to prepare a flavorful rice side dish. It will complement many different main course meals and is ready in only five minutes!


  • 1 Can (14.5 oz) Coconut Milk, + Water to Equal 2 Cups
  • 2 Cups Instant (Minute) Rice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic, minced
  • 3 Tablespoon Coconut Flakes
  • 3 Tablespoon Cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Salt


  1. Put coconut milk, ginger, garlic and garlic salt in medium sized sauce pan.
  2. Heat the mixture over medium high heat until boiling. Stir in the rice.
  3. Remove from heat and cover. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Fluff the rice with a fork and stir in the coconut flakes and chopped cilantro. Serve!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 Serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 55Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 145mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g

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Saturday 23rd of March 2024

Could you use Jasmine Rice, and what about coconut water instead of water to add more coconut?


Saturday 23rd of March 2024

I've only made this recipe with instant rice, but I'm sure that jasmine rice will work as well as long as you use the appropriate amount of liquid required to cook the rice properly. Coconut water should work great! Hope that helps :)


Wednesday 11th of August 2021

Do you use sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes?

Wendy l Barnes

Monday 29th of March 2021

Making this rice tonight to go with grilled jerk rubbed pork chops and pineapple salsa Thank you for sharing


Tuesday 29th of August 2017

We eat white rice all the time with fish. It is a staple in our house. I have used coconut water before, but never thought to use coconut milk and flake to amp up the flavor. Can't wait to try this!


Wednesday 30th of August 2017

I hope you like it!


Sunday 21st of May 2017

This sounds good! Great recipe!


Monday 22nd of May 2017

Thank you! I hope you like it!

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