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Coconut Rice

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Serves 4

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    A Hawaiian Cookout Menu
  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 83

Cooking fragrant jasmine rice in a mix of coconut milk and water gives this simple side dish a luxurious, rich texture that dresses up any stir-fry or Asian-inspired main.

  • 1-1/2 cups jasmine rice or long-grain white rice 
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
  • 2 Tbs. canola oil
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk (preferably not "lite")
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt

Rinse the rice in three changes of cold water, or until the water becomes only slightly cloudy from the rice. Drain well in a sieve.

Heat the ginger with the oil in a small (2-qt.) saucepan over medium-high heat until it begins to sizzle steadily and becomes fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the rice and cook, stirring, until the grains and ginger start to brown in places, about 2 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk, 1-3/4 cups water, and the salt. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook until the liquid has reduced to about the same level as the top of the rice, 5 to 7 minutes. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and cook without disturbing the rice until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender, 15 minutes.

Excellent dish! Used brown jasmine rice, which of course took much longer to cook, but it was still great! Made with the seared-salmon with ginger butter and the peas with mint. Everything worked together wonderfully!

This recipe makes a simple, but delicious rice dish.

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