Coconut Cilantro Lime Rice in a bowl with a spoon, ready to be served.
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Coconut Coriander (Cilantro) Lime Rice

A classic coconut rice recipe, with the added freshness of lime and cilantro/coriander (can be omitted if you wish). I served this with Hawaiian Marinated Chicken (together, these recipes use 1 standard can of coconut milk). This makes enough rice to serve 4 as a side.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side
Servings: 4
Author: Nagi | RecipeTin Eats



  • 1 1/2 cups long grain rice (jasmine is great too)
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt

To Finish

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped coriander / cilantro leaves
  • 1 - 2 tbsp fresh lime juice (adjust to your taste)


  • Place Rice ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat with the lid on. Bring to simmer then turn down to medium low.
  • Cook for 15 to 18 minutes, or until liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat, leaving the lid on, and rest for 10 minutes.
  • Fluff rice with a fork then stir through coriander/cilantro and lime juice. Adjust lime juice to taste.


1. This rice is suitable as a side for South East Asian (e.g. Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Indonesian), Caribbean and South American, and Hawaiian dishes.