Coconut Fried Rice – Rice cooked in broth and coconut milk with lots of vegetables and protein. The end product is an enticing combination of textures, colors, and flavors. It smells heavenly and tastes even better!
Coconut Fried Rice
This is not your average oil-laden fried rice—the only oil involved in this recipe is the coconut oil, which is a healthier oil, and you just need a very little quantity as well. This coconut fried rice is sure to please. Despite many ingredients, this recipe is so quick to put together.
Here is a dish related to the classic Afro-Asian fried rice. But there is a twist: this recipe is cooked with coconut milk, this coconut milk adds a perfect note of sweet, floral, and nutty flavor.
There are many variations of this Coconut Fried Rice, which makes this recipe all the more special. In fact, I have a delicious coconut rice recipe on this blog that is cooked with broth and coconut milk but not fried. I do enjoy both recipes depending on what my craving calls for.
If you want to know more about ways you can enjoy coconut even beyond this recipe, check this useful and informative post on the general overview and uses of Coconut.
The main ingredients for this fried rice are:
- Rice – I used Basmati rice for this recipe because it cooks faster, and it’s easy to work with. You can choose to use any rice that suits your taste, but be sure to check for the cooking time as cooking time for different types of rice varies.
- Coconut milk – For a deeper coconut flavor, use the can coconut milk. For a milder coconut flavor, use the freshly squeezed coconut milk or the ones in the fridge section in the grocery.
- Broth – Mild broth like Chicken broth or vegetable broth works well in this recipe. Avoid using beef broth, which can overpower the flavor of the meal.
- Vegetables – I used bell peppers, sweet corn, peas, and carrots. You c add more or less.
- Protein – My protein of choice today is beef liver. Feel free to use chicken, shrimps, bacon, or sausage.
- Flavoring and Spices – Don’t skip the salt and curry powder
How To Make Coconut Fried Rice
- Rinse and drain the rice.
- Toast the rice in a pan until nutty.
- Place the rice in a pan with coconut milk and broth over high heat and bring the liquid to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to the lowest possible setting and cover the pot tightly with the lid—Cook for 15 minutes. Leave to cool.
- Fry the rice together with the vegetables and protein in a bit of coconut oil.
- Serve hot.
What is Coconut Fried Rice?
This is a delicious dish of rice cooked in broth and coconut milk and fried in coconut oil. Here, I have added vegetables and protein to make it a full meal.
This is a different way of preparing fried rice compared to the traditional Asian styles. It is more related to the fried rice recipe I shared sometimes ago – which is, by the way, one of the top recipes on this site. However, this version goes a bit further because it uses coconut milk, coconut oil, and lots of veggies, which gives the dish a unique flavor and texture.
You can also check 22 Rice Recipes Everyone Will Love and pick one for your family.
Does Coconut Fried Rice keep in the fridge?
Coconut fried rice will keep for a few days. The flavor is great for leftovers, but the texture of the rice will always be best after being freshly cooked!
- Frying the uncooked rice is optional. However, I like to do that because it gives the fried rice a hint of a nutty taste. Trust me, you will be happy with your outcome if you choose not to skip the step.
- For my protein, I used liver; feel free to use chicken, bacon, shrimp, or sausage but you can also choose to make it vegetarian—substitute vegetable stock for chicken stock and remove other meats. Tofu is also a good addition.
- In my opinion, fresh or frozen vegetables give the best result. I try to stay away from canned vegetables when working with fried rice in general.
- A little heat is great, so it’s good to add some pepper. I used habanero peppers because of it’s fragrant taste but you can use jalapeno, red chili flakes, or cayenne pepper.
- Be sure not to overcook the rice otherwise, the fried rice will end up becoming soggy and is not good at all.
Other delicious rice recipes you might want to try:
- Easy shrimp pineapple fried rice – Ready in about 30 minutes
- Jollof rice – West Africans favorite rice recipe
- Nigerian fried rice – Readers favorite
- One-pot chicken and Rice – Another one you need to try
- Chicken fried rice – So easy and delicious!
- Hearty mushroom rice – Not your average mushroom Rice
- East African Pilau – You will love this!
- Baked Seafood Jambalaya – a twist on the tradition Jambalaya
- Homemade Chicken And Rice Soup – a comforting meal for all seasons
Other coconut recipes you might want to try
Coconut Fried Rice
- 3 cups Basmati Rice
- 4 tbsp coconut oil
- 1½ cups coconut milk
- 1½ cups Chicken broth
- 1 onion medium size [diced]
- 1 tsp Ginger minced
- 2 scotch bonnet
- ½ tbsp Garlic Minced
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 Green onions
- 12 ounces Mixed veggies carrots and peas and sweet corn
- 2 tsp bouillon powder
- Salt to taste
- 1 tsp Curry powder
- ½ tsp thyme
- 1 lb Beef liver cooked and diced
For the Shrimps
- 1 lb shrimps Fresh
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp ground paprika
- Rinse the rice and leave it to drain well.
- Preheat two tablespoons of coconut oil, add the diced onions, and cook till soft. About 3 minutes.
- Add the thyme and minced garlic and cook for a few seconds.
- Stir in the rice and fry till aromatic, about 5 minutes. Add the minced ginger and fry for another 2 minutes.
- Add the coconut milk, broth, bay leaves, curry powder, seasoning powder, and habanero peppers, and season with salt.
- Cook till done, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. (Remove the habanero, mince, and set aside).
- Season shrimps with paprika, salt, and black pepper.
- Add two tablespoons of oil to a pan and cook the shrimps till done 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Remove and set aside.
- In the same pan, add two tablespoons of coconut oil, add the onions and cook till the onions become translucent. About 3 minutes.
- Stir in the beef liver, bell peppers, carrots, peas, corn, and the minced habanero.
- Add the rice and stir well till all the ingredients are well combined, and the rice is heated through. Stir in the green onion and serve hot. Enjoy!
If you make this Coconut Fried Rice, I’d love to see pictures of your creations on Instagram and Facebook.#cheflolaskitchen
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Thursday 29th of December 2022
You are welcome ♥️♥️
Wednesday 13th of October 2021
I have made your coconut rice several times and it’s always a hit. So much so that I am always getting a request to cook “my coconut rice”. On a lighter note, I am beginning to wonder if cooking this rice was a good idea in the first place, I feel like I cook coconut rice every Saturday. There is always buying me coconut or Shrimp as a “gift” so that I can cook “my coconut rice”. Hmmm! Lola you have made addicts out of my friends 😂. Thank you!
Wednesday 27th of October 2021
Ho Ola, this comment warms my heart! It shows how much your family enjoyed it and good job to you for nailing the recipe! I wish you more ''shrimp giftsssss'' 😂😂😂
Tuesday 30th of March 2021
it been awhile since I made coconut fried rice and I immediately went searching for your recipe , I made this today with chicken and of course it was fabulous <3 love your cooking.
Wednesday 31st of March 2021
Thank you for the kind feedback. Glad you had a fabulous meal 😍
Thursday 4th of February 2021
Yum Lola! Every other time I've attempted coconut rice is hasn't turned out good. Your ratio of coconut milk with chicken broth was spot on... and so were the spices! Thank you, I have bookmarked this one!
Friday 5th of February 2021
Thank you for coming back to share your experience, Donna!
Saturday 27th of June 2020
Thanks, Chef Lola. I made a few tweaks to your recipe, and the meal still turned out amazing and delicious.
Friday 7th of August 2020
So glad it worked out with the tweaks. Thanks for the feedback!