Easy Turmeric Coconut Rice

This easy recipe for Turmeric Coconut Rice makes flavorful rice with a light coconut flavor. Made with only four basic ingredients, it’s the perfect side dish for any meal.

A large white bowl filled with cooked turmeric coconut rice.

Making your food with a side of rice is always a good idea. Rice is very filling and pairs well with so many different flavors and side dishes. But adding the flavors and benefits of coconut milk and turmeric take rice to another level that is not only delicious but health-promoting too.

Turmeric is a root that is related to the ginger plant. It has a deep golden yellow-orange color which is popular in curries and Indian cooking. It is known to have many health benefits in addition to its great flavor.

Adding coconut milk and fresh turmeric to rice creates an easy yet delicious side dish.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This coconut basmati rice recipe is made with only 4 ingredients – rice (jasmine or basmati), turmeric, coconut milk and coconut oil.
  • Everything cooks in one pot.
  • The rice is a beautiful orange color that pairs well with a variety of meals.
  • The coconut turmeric rice is light, fluffy and flavorful.

Ingredients You Need

all of the ingredients for turmeric coconut rice on a white countertop
  • Jasmine Rice – This fragrant rice is the perfect texture and soaks in flavors very well. You can substitute with basmati rice, if needed.
  • Coconut Oil – The oil infuses the rice with a light coconut flavor when toasted. You can substitute with olive oil, but coconut oil is preferred for the best flavor.
  • Fresh Turmeric – Use fresh turmeric for the best color and flavor. If you can’t find fresh turmeric, you can replace it with 2 teaspoons of ground turmeric for a similar flavor. Make sure the ground turmeric was recently purchased and not expired.
  • Coconut Milk & Water – You can use full fat coconut milk or reduced fat coconut milk. Full fat coconut milk has more flavor and will create a creamier texture. Make sure to use unsweetened coconut milk. You also need water to cook the rice. However, you can substitute the water with vegetable broth, if desired.
  • Salt and Pepper – To season and balance the flavor of the rice.

How to Make Turmeric Coconut Rice

This rice dish comes together easily on the stovetop in one pan.

Before cooking the rice, you need to rinse the rice. Place the jasmine rice in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse thoroughly. The water should run clear once it’s been rinsed. Drain and set aside. Rinsing the rice is important because it will remove the excess starch in the rice which helps to create fluffy rice.

cooking the rice on the stove in a pan.
  1. Toast the rice – Add the coconut oil to a medium saucepan over high heat. Once hot, add the rice and stir to toast in the oil for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Watch the rice carefully, as it can burn quickly.
  2. Flavor the rice – Add the turmeric and stir to combine.
  3. Cook the rice – Pour the coconut milk and water into the pot, stir and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover the pot with a lid, lower the heat to a low simmer and cook until the rice has absorbed all of the liquid, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Season the rice – Turn off the heat, add the salt and pepper and fluff the rice with a fork.
A large white bowl filled with fluffy turmeric coconut rice.

Recipe Tips

  • Adjust cooking time, as needed. Depending on what kind of rice you use, cooking time may need to be adjusted for a longer cook time.
  • Add a light curry flavor by using a pinch of your favorite dried curry seasoning to the rice.
  • Add a squeeze of lime juice and toss with fresh cilantro at the end for even more flavor.
  • Give the rice some heat by adding a pinch of cayenne pepper to the water or a few slices of jalapeño. Remove the jalapeño after cooking the rice.

Serving Suggestions

Turmeric Coconut Rice is a versatile side dish that pairs well with a variety of flavors. Serve it with your favorite protein for a complete meal.

Did you make this Turmeric Coconut Rice? Leave a recipe rating and review below.

A large white bowl filled with cooked turmeric coconut rice.

Turmeric Coconut Rice

Yield: 5
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 17 mins
Total Time: 22 mins
This light and fluffy turmeric coconut rice is an easy side dish made with four basic ingredients.
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 cups jasmine rice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated turmeric , (about 1" piece)
  • 14 ounces coconut milk, (1 can)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Place the rice in a fine mesh strainer and rinse thoroughly. Drain and set aside.
  • Add the coconut oil to a medium sized saucepan over high heat. Once hot, add the rice and toast in the oil for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add the grated turmeric and continue to stir to combine.
  • Pour the coconut milk and water into the pot, stir and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover the pot with a lid, lower the heat to a low simmer and cook until rice has absorbed all of the liquid, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat, add the salt and pepper and fluff the rice with a fork.

Notes

Storing Leftovers: Leftover coconut rice can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. 
Freezing leftover rice: The high-fat content in this rice coming from coconut milk makes it an excellent candidate for freezing. Add the rice to an airtight container or freezer-safe bag and freeze for up to 4 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating and serving. 

Nutrition

Calories: 387kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 17g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 249mg, Potassium: 274mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 34mg, Iron: 4mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Ashley C.
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2 comments on “Easy Turmeric Coconut Rice”

  1. I love making this rice. It goes with everything, super simple and yet so much flavor compared to regular rice.

  2. We LOVED this rice! So tender, with great flavor from the turmeric and coconut milk. We served it with a chickpea curry and it was so delicious!

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