Caribbean Coconut Rice

This Caribbean coconut rice recipe yields 4 servings and takes 30 minutes or less to prepare.

Coconut rice recipe


  • 2 tsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.)
  • 1 3-inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup jasmine rice, rinsed and drained
  • ¾ cup light coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ½tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. grated lime zest
  • ⅛ tsp. white pepper
  • ¼cup toasted shredded, unsweetened coconut, optional


Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add ginger, garlic, and cinnamon stick, and sauté 1 minute, or until fragrant.

Stir in rice, and sauté 2 minutes, or until rice grains are opaque. Add coconut milk, sugar, salt, lime zest, white pepper, and 3/4 cup water, and bring to a simmer. Stir once, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 15 minutes.

Fluff rice with fork, cover, and let rest 5 minutes. Garnish with toasted coconut, if using.