Sep 24

Coconut Milk Rice with Cilantro & Lime

Coconut Milk Rice

I'll be honest -- meal planning is not one of my virtues. Oh, I have grand intentions, but I'm sadly lacking in the execution department. Most nights it's a game time decision based on whatever's available and thawed in the refrigerator, which gets the job done, but it's obviously not my ideal situation...

So I've been doing a lot of research on how others handle meal planning. I do feel like being successful with meal planning requires a personal customized approach that can only be reached through trial and error, and that's my plan for the next month or so -- to try various meal planning techniques in the hopes of coming up with a solution that works for me personally. My goal is to share my findings, both the successes and the failures, with you all, and hopefully you all have some suggestions to share, as well!

Coconut Rice

In the meantime, I'd like to share one of my favorite easy weeknight side dishes, this delicious coconut rice recipe. I make a big batch of coconut milk rice at least once a week right in my rice cooker. We like it both hot and cold, and it keeps well in the refrigerator for up to a week, though it rarely lasts that long.

Have you ever cooked with coconut milk? Coconut milk rice really doesn't have an overwhelmingly sweet and coconutty flavor like you're probably imagining right now -- it's just rich and filling, with a bit of creaminess to it.

To be clear, I'm referring to the coconut milk that comes in a can, not coconut water or coconut milk beverages, which are totally different. I typically pick it up at Walmart, and you'll find it with the Asian ingredients.

Coconut Milk Rice with Cilantro & Lime

My favorite way to serve coconut milk rice is with a little lime and cilantro stirred in. It's similar to Chipotle's cilantro lime rice, only better!

Coconut Milk Rice with Cilantro & Lime

Yield: 7 1/2 cups

Coconut Milk Rice with Cilantro & Lime


    For coconut milk rice:
  • 2 1/2 cups jasmine rice
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 3 1/4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • For cilantro lime rice:
  • 2 small limes
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped


    For coconut milk rice:
  1. Shake up the can of coconut milk before opening. Combine coconut milk, water, rice and salt in a rice cooker. I've found that the quick cook setting works best for me. If your rice cooker does not have this setting, just use the shortest setting available.
  2. To cook it on the stove top, combine the ingredients above in a large pot and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 22 minutes.
  3. For cilantro lime rice:
  4. Wash limes thoroughly. Zest and add both the zest and juice to the cooked rice. Add the chopped cilantro and stir to mix thoroughly.

A few of our favorite main dishes that pair well with this coconut milk rice are my slow cooker beef barbacoa, honey lime grilled chicken, and grilled shrimp tacos. These are all go-to meals that I intend to rely on frequently when menu planning.

I've started a Menu Planning Ideas board on Pinterest to keep track of articles and resources to refer back to while I'm trying to figure this whole thing out. If you have links or resources that you're interested in sharing, please leave them in the comments or send me an email -- I'd love to add them!

Do you make a weekly menu plan? If so, do you have any tips, articles or resources to share that have helped you?

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