Perfect Nigerian Coconut Rice

Nigerian coconut Rice recipe

Nigerian Coconut Rice

When I write a recipe with the word perfect in the title, best believe it’s the perfect recipe. Tested and retested until perfection is literally achieved. I shared this coconut rice recipe on one of my instagram Cook Along with 9jafoodie series to rave reviews. I honestly consider myself a maestro when it comes to infusion rice dishes, I optimize my recipes for simplicity and incredible depth of flavor. all while producing perfectly cooked separate rice grains.

I already have incredible recipes for Fried Rice, Jollof Rice, Coconut Jollof. This coconut rice recipe should definitely be added to your arsenal.


  • 3 cups rice (long grain or basmati rice)
  • 1 tbspn Coconut oil
  • One 400ml can coconut milk (preferably Thai premium) .
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 medium onion .
  • 2-3 medium tomatoes .
  • Spices: 2 bay leaves, 1tspn white pepper, 1 tspn minced chili, 4 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1 tspn dried), salt – to taste, 2 heaped tbspns crayfish powder, 1-2 stock cubes.


  • Finely chop onion – set aside cut tomatoes into large chunks – set aside.
  • Mince chili pepper – set aside .

Prep coconut Rice

  • Place a wide cooking pot on medium heat. Add in 1 tbsp of coconut oil (sub vegetable oil). Add in onion. Cook until translucent and fragrant .
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  • Add in tomato, minced pepper and spices. Stir. Cover and leave to simmer on low-medium heat for 10 minutes .

Nigerian coconut rice recipe easy

  • Add in coconut milk and one and a half (1.5) cups of water into the tomato mix. Stir. Cover and bring to a rolling boil. Stir. Taste and adjust for seasoning. .

Nigerian coconut rice recipe easy

  • Add in washed rice. Stir. Reduce heat to low-medium (4 on a marked cooker) .


  • Place a sheet of foil over the pot. Place the lid over it and properly seal the edges with foil (this is a very important step) .
    Set a timer for 30 minutes and let it go! You have done all you can πŸ˜‚, let Jesus take the wheel hen. Leave it alone! Don’t open the pot until time is up

Nigerian coconut rice recipe easy

  • By covering the pot with foil & then a lid, you are able to get away with using less liquid. The rice grains are gently steamed & infused instead of being boiled. End result is perfectly separate & delicious grains .

Nigerian coconut rice recipe easy Serve coconut rice with Peppered meat or chicken

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By |December 5th, 2016|46 Comments


  1. Anita January 30, 2018 at 6:42 am - Reply

    Hello madame… Can you please share the recipe for the old fashioned way of cooking coconut rice?? I mean the plain white coconut rice

  2. Fabiola January 13, 2018 at 3:53 am - Reply

    Hello madame, can I use Emma coconut milk powder in substitute of liquid coconut milk?will the taste still comes out very nice like yours.?thank you.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 13, 2018 at 1:34 pm - Reply

      Never use it, you are better off making fresh coconut milk.

      • Fabiola January 13, 2018 at 9:07 pm - Reply

        πŸ’ŸπŸ˜πŸ˜ thanks madame , I have already gotten d canned coconut milk from store on my way back from work yesterday .keep u posted later.

  3. Fabiola January 13, 2018 at 3:45 am - Reply

    Hello madame, can I shred some smoke Titus fish into the coconut milk to boil before I add rice?will it come out nice?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 13, 2018 at 1:34 pm - Reply

      sure thing!

      • Fabiola January 13, 2018 at 9:04 pm - Reply

        πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ’Ÿthanks so much for your quick response and your faithfulness. Thank you madame.

  4. anne isimi December 24, 2017 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    I had a short time to turn out a decent meal but it turns out, I turned out a fabulous one. Awesome and unbelievably easy recipe and 100% LIN compliant! Well done with this!

  5. Olaide December 6, 2017 at 6:02 am - Reply

    Hello Ronke, pls is there no need of adding Maggi to the rice

  6. Ola September 5, 2017 at 8:44 am - Reply

    Hi Ronke

    when you parboil the rice how long do you do this for? I kind of have an idea of how to parboil rice but I want to be very sure that I do it correctly when I try it out.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 5, 2017 at 9:42 am - Reply

      Hi!! Parboiled rice is a variety of rice not actually precooked. It’s sold as parboiled rice at the store. This is the type of rice most commonly used in Nigeria. You will be using the rice in dry form.

  7. chee July 29, 2017 at 9:28 am - Reply

    can this work with basmati rice?

  8. Esohe May 21, 2017 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Yaaaaaay!!!! Tried this recipe and I feel really proud of myself! Thanks a lot for sharing this…

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 24, 2017 at 1:03 pm - Reply

      You are welcome! thanks for the feedback.

  9. Iby May 10, 2017 at 11:03 am - Reply

    I never knew that stew made this way could taste really good. It’s bye bye to fried stew from today. Thank you.

  10. Damilola February 28, 2017 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    I just made this tonight and I literally can’t believe I cooked it… it’s soooo good… God bless you Ronke

  11. Nkechi January 31, 2017 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    Hi, when you say add washed rice, do you mean just wash the completely uncooked rice and add it? Im sorry if this is a dumb question, I am a beginner

  12. Jessica January 14, 2017 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Hi! Thank you for this recipe. Am so making this for breakfast tomorrow. The last time i made coconut rice was 10yrs ago. Will defo try your recipe and hope it comes out nice cos hubby doesn’t like coconut rice.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 15, 2017 at 4:28 am - Reply

      Yeiii! do let me know how it goes.

      • Jessica February 9, 2017 at 4:23 pm - Reply

        It was delicious and hubby ate it all! Made it again today but it wasnt as perfect as the first time probably the brand of coconut milk I used. Wish i can upload pictures. Thanks anyway. So loving all your recipes. God bless you.

  13. Chinwe January 8, 2017 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Thanks Ronke! I just made this and it’s easy and superquick just like you said. You rock!

  14. Petra January 6, 2017 at 10:38 am - Reply

    Just made this while my 10month old took a nap. I love how fast and easy this recipe is , not to mention absolutely delicious!

  15. King Davison January 3, 2017 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much . I made the rice today and it was good . My girlfriend must learn how to cook this . If not I am leaving her for good .. Hahahahha. Thank you.

  16. Iby December 25, 2016 at 7:02 am - Reply

    Great recipe. I tried it today and it turned out perfect just like you said. I’m eating as I type this. My family couldn’t ask for a better Christmas meal. Merry Christmas Ronke! You made mine merry.

  17. Tiki December 22, 2016 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Oh Lord. I’m cooking Christmas lunch for my boyfriend’s family (we are both away from home, but he has cousins here and I don’t) so I’m very nervous. Don’t know what possessed me to opt for a rice dish when I haven’t cooked rice successfully in over 6years! Fingers crossed this recipe comes out ok.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 24, 2016 at 9:25 am - Reply

      It will come out perfect, this recipe has never failed me.

  18. Mavis Anagboso December 14, 2016 at 11:37 am - Reply

    I’ve been cooking coconut rice for over 20 years and this is the best coconut rice I’ve ever made. Very easy to cook and I’ll be making it again for Christmas😊. Thanks Ronke for sharing the recipe.

  19. Ahmad Dan-Hamidu December 12, 2016 at 10:02 am - Reply

    When you said coconut rice I thought the rice would be so heavily laced with that coconut oil/milk essence that peppering it up and stewing it up wouldn’t be needed.

  20. The Sizzling Mommy December 6, 2016 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    This definitely seems like a recipe I’m going to try this season. Thanks!

  21. Mady December 6, 2016 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Dis is nyc.. Wl try it

  22. Ramatu Ahmed December 6, 2016 at 8:21 am - Reply

    You are doing a good job Ronke. Is ewedu a healthy soup? I noticed it is not in the menu of most Nigerian food bloggers.

  23. Oluchi December 6, 2016 at 1:10 am - Reply

    You didn’t mention a thing about parboiling the rice. Or isn’t it necessary ?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 6, 2016 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      That’s because the rice doesn’t have to parboiled.

  24. Oluchi December 6, 2016 at 1:08 am - Reply

    Great I will definitely try it. Good job

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