Coconut Fried Rice

Nigerian Coconut rice _9jafoodie1Shrimp Coconut Fried rice with Plantains
This is my fool proof coconut fried rice recipe, the secret to good fried rice is to make sure the prepared rice is completely cool before mixing it into the stir fried vegetables.

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  • Coconut milk – 2 cups
  • water – 2 cups
  • Rice – 4 cups
  • Maggi – 4 cubes
  • Salt- To taste
  • Curry and thyme  – 1 teaspoon each
  • Bay Leaves – 2
  • Pepper flakes – 1 tablespoon
  • Thyme – another 1 teaspoon
  •  Oil – 4 Tablespoons
  • Onion (chopped) – 1/2 medium
  •  Mixed vegetables – 2 cups
  • Shrimps (optional) – 2 cups



  • Place a pot on medium heat, add in the coconut milk, water, salt, curry, thyme , bayleaves and 2 maggi cubes. Combine. Cover the pot  until the mixture comes to a rolling boil
  • Add in washed rice. Simmer on low-medium heat until rice is cooked and there is no more liquid in the rice (25 minutes) . Set aside to cool completely
  • In a large skillet, heat up the oil. Add in the chopped onions, shrimps, pepper flakes, thyme , maggi and mixed vegetable. Stir fry for 2- 3 minutes . Taste and adjust for seasoning
  • Stir in already cooked rice. Combine.  Taste and adjust for seasoning. Stirfry for another 1-2 minutes

Serve with Fish and Plantain


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By |January 8th, 2011|88 Comments


  1. Omotola July 15, 2017 at 6:20 am - Reply

    Good afternoon please how many cups of water did u add to the 400ml coconut milk

  2. Alero August 18, 2016 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Girl you are always killing it! Definitely trying this this Sunday! My husband likes stew rice to much and I think this will make him change his mind! Keep up the good work

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 20, 2016 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      Heiiii!! do let me know how it turns out

  3. ty June 9, 2016 at 7:10 am - Reply

    I cooked this over the weekend. Thanks for such a simple recipe. I felt like a champion. Even my picky toddler loved it!

  4. Nmasinachi May 7, 2016 at 5:32 am - Reply

    Can i use fresh tomatoes

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  6. ola March 7, 2016 at 7:05 am - Reply

    I stopped eating stewed rice just bcs of this. Thanks for giving me alternatives

  7. Chibu A. January 30, 2016 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Hi, it is okay to add liver or kidneys as meat replacement? Not sure if this makes it an “unhealthy dish.”

  8. Jemimah December 29, 2015 at 4:01 am - Reply

    I tried this recipe yesterday, it was SUPERB! Keep up the good job!

  9. Rita December 23, 2015 at 4:59 am - Reply

    really helpful and straight forward recipe, I’m going to try it out.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 24, 2015 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      Great! do let me know how it turns out.

  10. Jax December 22, 2015 at 12:56 am - Reply

    Thank u so much for your wonderful recipes, Am so trying the coconut fried rice this Christmas. Please what mixed vegetables do I use . Thanks.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 22, 2015 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      That’s great, let me know how it turns out. I typically buy it frozen (green giant brand)

  11. Ray Walker December 17, 2015 at 4:17 am - Reply

    Yumm, me mouth’s watering. Can’t wait to prepare this. Thanks for sharing

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  13. ukaeru September 4, 2015 at 3:13 am - Reply

    Pls Wot s mixed vegetable, cos I want to cook it 2morow.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 4, 2015 at 11:20 am - Reply

      its a mix of sweet corn, green peas and carrot. You will find it where fried rice ingredients are sold.

  14. Temi August 31, 2015 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    I’m trying this tonight!

  15. taiwo August 1, 2015 at 3:27 am - Reply

    the coconut rice was so deliccious and very easy to make. thanks ,i love your website and the way you explain,very straight forward. kudos to you

  16. nbn July 24, 2015 at 3:43 am - Reply

    can one get coconut milk to buy in our stores

  17. Lola July 22, 2015 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Anytime I make this, it’s always a hit. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  18. Ami July 15, 2015 at 11:08 am - Reply

    What do you use for your mixed vegetables?

  19. Food firsttimer June 28, 2015 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    Instant hit! Turned out awesome!

  20. UGO June 27, 2015 at 5:04 am - Reply

    This was wonderful! I used brown rice for it though.

  21. Titilayo Adebayo June 24, 2015 at 9:14 am - Reply

    I just made this for my family, really tasty. Thank u!

  22. vivian June 12, 2015 at 3:06 am - Reply

    What I have been preparing for my family was just the jollof coconut rice, not Untill I got this your recipe. Infact this recipe is really the bomb. Thanx alot

  23. Halima May 16, 2015 at 3:20 am - Reply

    OK. I will, but right now I want to try the yam pockets because my fiancé likes yam a lot. I was so glad when I saw the recipe. Thank you so much

  24. Halima May 15, 2015 at 7:37 am - Reply

    This is really cool, I like the recipes. They all look simple and easy to get. The other day I tried the couscous and I was impressed with myself. Thumbs up.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 15, 2015 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      glad you enjoyed the couscous. Do try this and let us know how it turns out.

  25. odiri May 7, 2015 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    I just made this again 2day and it was delish!

  26. Chinelo May 6, 2015 at 11:00 am - Reply

    I tried it & it was really delicious,tnx.

  27. adeola May 3, 2015 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Holla, just tried out your recipe. was GREAT! tnx keep it up

  28. mide May 1, 2015 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Love this! Please will tinned proceeded coconut milk give you the same result ?

  29. Chinelo May 1, 2015 at 8:18 am - Reply

    i love this,i will try it ds sunday.

  30. Kgomotso May 1, 2015 at 7:09 am - Reply

    Hi can whole grain brown rice work for this recipe?

  31. ebose April 12, 2015 at 1:46 am - Reply

    Hiya the meatpie was delicious and looked great as well.the coconut rice was great as well. Thank you

  32. ebose April 5, 2015 at 1:05 am - Reply

    Thanks for your reply. I am making the meatpie this morning and coconut rice in the afternoon for easter treat.I’ll let you know how it turned out.Happy Easter.

  33. ebose April 4, 2015 at 2:30 am - Reply

    Do you basmati rice for this recipe or normal white rice,if it’s basmati rice is the preparation the same?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie April 4, 2015 at 7:16 pm - Reply

      I used parboiled rice for this particular recipe. you may choose to use basmati rice, simply reduce the water by a quarter and lessen the cook time

  34. Aisha Kabir Dauda February 19, 2015 at 6:12 am - Reply

    hello! can u pls show us the cup(measuring cup) you indicate in the ingredient to be able to knw the right quantity to use

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 20, 2015 at 9:11 am - Reply

      I use standard US cup of 250Ml. I will post a picture

  35. Barbara Forson January 24, 2015 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Thanks a lot u really hv time 4 ur fellowers

  36. Barbara Forson January 23, 2015 at 7:34 am - Reply

    Do I have to grate de coconut nd squeeze de milk like doing toffee pls help

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 23, 2015 at 8:48 am - Reply

      Yes, if you are making coconut milk from scratch. Alternatively, you can blend coconut with water and pass it through a fine sieve.

  37. Zoba Enems January 23, 2015 at 12:30 am - Reply

    Wow! I prepared it diz morning n it was yummy, Tanx dearie #9jafoodie U rock!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 23, 2015 at 8:51 am - Reply

      That’s good to hear. you are very welcome

  38. jane September 24, 2014 at 6:33 am - Reply

    Is there no need to parboil the rice before cooking with coconut water?

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  40. AdeOba September 6, 2014 at 8:58 am - Reply

    Hi, do you use so sauce at all?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 6, 2014 at 9:42 am - Reply

      I do use it in some dishes as a replacement for salt and maggi.

  41. Eno August 18, 2014 at 8:37 am - Reply

    I love the fact that you reply back. This is rather awesome.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 18, 2014 at 9:47 am - Reply

      🙂 we love our followers… always here.

  42. catherine August 4, 2014 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    I just made this n it was A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!!!!!

  43. Angyee June 29, 2014 at 6:58 am - Reply

    Oh wow, the coconut rice was so tasty that I didn’t bother frying it. I’ve been trying to get coconut rice this nice. Thank you. Going to go through your other recipes.

  44. Aviky June 5, 2014 at 5:36 am - Reply

    Am beginning to regret the day I showed my husband this site since we don’t reside in Nigeria. In all he has made me prepare 4 of your recipe and for dinner today he said it must be your agoyin beans. Thanks for helping me out.

  45. KK May 1, 2014 at 4:33 am - Reply

    Thanks for this super recipe. I tried this personally for my wife on her birthday yesterday as a mini treat and guess what? It was da bomb! The whole family couldn’t have got a nicer treat outdoor! Thanks

  46. Anonymous December 20, 2013 at 5:20 am - Reply

    nice recipes:-)

  47. Ola December 19, 2013 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Hmn..will have to try this for christmas..

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  49. Anonymous November 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Hi, for the coconut milk is it (milk) or coconut water?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie November 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      Coconut milk, it’s the extract derived from pounding coconut flesh.

  50. Tolu July 17, 2013 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Thank you. That turned out really well! Your recipes are great! Good job!

  51. nafee November 14, 2012 at 5:47 am - Reply

    oMG..ur too good..iv been on this website for the past hour….ur recipes are all im going to be using..

  52. cannime October 1, 2012 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    This looks good.. I shall try it out:d

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