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coconut sticky rice garnished with a lime and sesame seeds

Coconut sticky rice

  • Author: The Hangry Chickpea
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Snacks & sides
  • Method: Simmering
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Diet: Vegan


This sticky coconut lime rice is velvety, nutty, and slightly sweet - a perfect base for a buddha bowl with peanut sauce! It's easy to pick up with chopsticks, and works for sushi too! Ready to level-up your rice game? 


Units Scale
  • 1 cup white, basmati or jasmine rice
  • 3/4 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds (optional)
  • 2-3 Tbsp chopped cilantro (optional)


1. Prepare ingredients: boil coconut milk, water, and salt in a saucepan. Meanwhile, rinse rice until water is nearly clear. Usually, I need rinse for 1-2 minutes under running water, or soak 2-3 times in a bowl of water. 

2. Cook rice: once water boils, add rice, stir once, then reduce heat to a simmer, and cover for 12-15 minutes, or until liquid has absorbed. If rice tastes done but still has liquid, cook uncovered for 1-2 minutes so liquid can evaporate. 

4. Add flavor: add zest and juice of 1/2 of a lime. Fluff with a fork and serve, garnishing with sesame seeds and chopped cilantro if desired. 

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