Want to know the secret to making perfect rice? It all starts out in the saute pan and this Brazilian Coconut Rice is the most amazing side dish recipe to teach you!
Our cookbook has this recipe in it and I have to say, if you haven’t bought Our Sweet Basil Kitchen Cookbook yet, now is TOTALLY the time!!
And if you’re worried about your rice turning out, just click play to watch the whole thing happen.
There are a lot of coconut rice recipes out there, and I believe that each are delicious for different reasons, but when you’re eating the best Hawaiian Luau Pork ever you kinda need the bestest Brazilian coconut rice ever too. And this recipe, well it’s the best if I do say so myself. And I’ll tell you a secret, it’s all about the method. My husband lived in Brazil serving a mission for 2 years, and their method of toasting the rice first is something that he immediately took to and now it’s how we cook our rice too. Plus, there’s brown sugar in there.
Oh gosh, I loved brown sugar as a kid. It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but I’d totally snitch little pinches of the stuff while my mom was cooking or baking. She would always tell me to “get out of the brown sugar!” And now I’m an adult and she can’t tell me that. Haha, but seriously I do still take a little pinch whenever I’m using it. I can’t help it!! It’s just so darned delicious.
This recipe is super easy so I wont bore you with a ton of talk, but basically you use the canned coconut milk, brown sugar and a pinch of salt. No water at all, but I promise it just makes for a creamy, sticky, flavorful rice. And if you want to get all cute you can toast a little coconut and sprinkle it on top. It’s not necessary to flavor though so don’t stress.
Just cook up that amazing pork that I just posted, this delicious rice, and if you watch my facebook page (which you should go like if you haven’t already so we can chat and share fun recipes etc) today I’ll post an easy edamame side to go with it.
Is Rice Gluten Free?
All varieties of rice are gluten free.
Is Coconut Milk Good For You?
Coconut milk is high in saturated fat, but it is also high in potassium which may lower blood pressure.
Coconut milk is packed with vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6 as well as iron, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.
What Can You Substitute For Brown Sugar?
White sugar in an equal amount will work fine.
Or, add 2 tablespoons molasses to every cup of substituted white sugar and you will not be able to tell the difference.
Brazilian Coconut Rice
Brazilian Coconut Rice
- 1 1/2 Cups Short or we used long this last time Grain Rice
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 Cups Canned Coconut Milk
- 1 Cup Water
- 3 Tablespoons Sugar or brown sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- In a large skillet add the butter and turn the heat to medium, add the rice and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Place everything in a rice cooker and cook according to rice cooker instructions, or continue to cook in the pan on the stove, bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer and place the lid on for 20-30 minutes.