Your family will love the bright and creamy flavor of Coconut Milk Rice with Pineapple, and you will love how quick and easy it is to prepare with minimal ingredients!
It wasn’t that long ago I’d wander up and down the Asian food aisle in the grocery store like a dazed vagabond seeking salvation from a cryptic recipe card. Stumbling from one mystery ingredient to the other, I had no appreciation for how any of the flavors contributed to the final makeup of the dish. So, like Alexander the Great, I set off on my own little quest to conquer the Eastern hemisphere armed with little more than eager curiosity.
Stocking cupboards full of fish sauce, tamarind, and plenty of hoisin, I went out of my way to cook a myriad of ethnic cuisine until I felt comfortable using the ingredients on my own in more inventive ways. I soon began making new-found favorites like Pad Kee Mao and a fantastically sticky Asian wing sauce; however the true treasure I uncovered was coconut milk.
I quickly fell in love with the sweet and creamy flavor of coconut milk and have sought out an increasing number of dishes in which to incorporate it, such as my new favorite soup, Chicken Coconut Curry Noodle Soup. This Coconut Milk Rice with Pineapple is only the latest realization of my obsession.
Coconut Milk Rice with Pineapple features tender white rice simmered in a rich bath of coconut milk, resulting in a creamy side dish spiked with the bright taste of pineapple! It makes a tantalizing side dish to Asian and Caribbean dishes.
Coconut milk can be found in the Asian food aisle of your grocery store. However, if you have limited options you can purchase coconut milk online as well.
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- 1 1/2 cups White Rice
- 14 oz can unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 1 cup pineapple tidbits drained
- 1 tsp table salt
Rinse rice under cold running water then add to saucepan along with water, coconut milk and salt.
Briefly stir the rice to ensure it does not stick to the bottom as you bring liquid to a boil, then cover saucepan, reduce to a simmer, and cook till the liquid has been absorbed and rice is tender, ~25 minutes.
Stir in pineapple tidbits, taste for salt and serve.
Pineapple tidbits come in a can and are smaller than pineapple chunks.
The time it takes to cook rice varies depending on your level of heat.
Tip: If the liquid absorbs/evaporates before rice is tender you can add a couple tablespoons of additional water to assist with cooking. This can be an issue if you forget to cover the saucepan.
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