Coconut Rice Pilaf

$7.22 recipe / $0.90 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
3.84 from 6 votes
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Why serve plain white rice with your meal when you can sneak in some veggies and a ton of flavor? I was originally going to make this dish a coconut (not) fried rice but then decided to make it a bit more simple and therefore more versatile. The only difference between it being a (not) fried rice and a pilaf is that I didn’t add an egg or any type of sauce. I decided to leave the “saucing” up to the individual eater.

The pilaf makes a great bed for just about any Asian style meat. I’ve been piling my Teriyaki Pulled Pork on top and it makes a perfect sponge for all of the yummy gravy. It would also go great with Sriracha Chicken Strips or Coconut Chicken Strips.

If you feel like eating a bowl on it’s own, make sure to sauce it up with a little soy sauce and a dab of sriracha sauce. I added both to the recipe costing because it really needs them if you’re not pairing it with another saucy dish. A little dribble of sesame oil would also be tasty!

Coconut Rice Pilaf

Coconut Rice Pilaf on green plate with chop sticks and bottle of sriracha on the side

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Coconut Rice Pilaf

3.84 from 6 votes
Fragrant jasmine rice, coconut milk, and vegetables come together to make this coconut rice pilaf full of flavor and texture!
Servings 8
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 45 minutes
Total 55 minutes


  • 1.5 cups uncooked jasmine rice ($1.31)
  • 1 15oz. can coconut milk ($1.73)
  • 2 cloves garlic ($0.12)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil ($0.21)
  • 1 yellow onion ($0.53)
  • 1 lb. frozen peas and carrots ($1.39)
  • 1 15oz. can pineapple chunks ($1.27)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce ($0.24)
  • 1/4 cup sriracha sauce ($0.37)
  • salt and pepper to taste ($0.05)


  • To make the coconut rice: Place the jasmine rice, garlic (minced), coconut milk, 2/3 cup of water and 1/2 tsp of salt into a pot. Stir to combine the ingredients. Place a lid on the pot and place over high heat until it comes to a boil. As soon as it comes to a full boil (watch closely) lower the heat to the lowest setting. Keeping the lid in place (don’t open it to peek!) and over low heat for 30 minutes. Turn the heat off after 30 minutes and let rest with the lid in place until you are ready to use the rice.
  • Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil over high heat in a large skillet. Slice the onions thinly and saute in the hot oil until they are golden brown on the edges.
  • Add the frozen vegetables and saute until they have warmed through. Add the drained pineapple chunks and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • When the rice has finished cooking, fluff it with a fork and add it to the skillet with the vegetables. Turn the heat off under the skillet and stir to combine the ingredients. Serve the pilaf with soy sauce and sriracha!

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Serving: 1ServingCalories: 258.15kcalCarbohydrates: 48.41gProtein: 5.86gFat: 5.25gSodium: 808.83mgFiber: 3.41g
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rice, garlic, coconut milk, salt and 2/3 cup of water in a pot
Place the rice, garlic, coconut milk, salt and 2/3 cup of water in a pot. Stir it all together, put a lid on it and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting as soon as it begins to boil and leave it for 30 minutes. Turn the heat off and let it rest after 30 minutes.

onions in pot ready to saute
Saute the onions in olive oil over high heat until the edges are brown and crispy.

frozen veggies added into pan to sauté
Add the frozen veggies and saute until they are warm. Then add the drained pineapple, a pinch of salt and pepper.

cooked rice in pan with fork to fluff
Fluff the cooked rice with a fork. Try not to eat the entire pot of coconut rice before adding it to the recipe (This is where I failed).

rice and veggie mixture added together in pan with wooden spoon
Turn the heat off of the skillet and stir in the rice. Top the pilaf with soy and sriracha!

Coconut Rice Pilaf on green plate with chop sticks, a bottle of Sriracha and a small bowl of soy sauce on the side

NOTE: Make sure to buy your jasmine rice out of the bulk bins or in a large bulk sized bag. Smaller bags of jasmine rice are usually marketed as “specialty rice” and cost about 3x as much as they should. Jasmine rice is essential to the flavor of this recipe so don’t skip it!

I sure wish I had some cashews… the crunch and mild flavor would be outstanding in this pilaf!!

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  1. This was delicious! My husband loved it too. I made it with onions, peppers, zucchini, and mushrooms. I didn’t have pineapple either so I added lime juice, cilantro and green onions at the end.

  2. I added extra water to this because the rice requires extra water to the amount of rice u use and it turned out good.