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So there’s all kinds of culinary stuff going on in Cayman right now.  It’s restaurant week, there’s loads of cooking courses and the celebrity guests and chefs have been announced for next year’s Cayman Cookout! The January 12 – 15 event is hosted by Eric Ripert and will feature presentations by Ferran Adria, Jose Andres, Anthony Bourdain, Richard Blais and many others. Dana Cowin and Gail Simmons from Food & Wine Magazine be here as well wine experts Ray Isle and Aldo Sohm.

There will be tastings, demonstrations, parties and cook-offs!  Bazinga!

I can’t wait.  Oh, the eating there will be.  In the meantime, I’ve got a really yummy little side dish that’s sure to ‘wow’ the judges at your dining table 🙂

Coconut Rice from Miss Cleo’s Cayman Kitchen
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You will need:
2 cups rice (long grain)
2 1/2 cups coconut water
1 tsp salt
2 cups coconut milk

  • Wash the rice in a strainer under cool water.  Drain well.
  • Place rice in a heavy pot and add coconut water and salt.  Stir several times.
  • Bring to a boil, then add coconut milk and stir well.  Reduce heat to low flame, cover and cook undisturbed for 15 minutes, then uncover and check rice to make sure it isn’t too dry
  • Add a little more coconut milk if necessary and cook until rice is very soft and liquid is absorbed

Optional: If you wanna serve this the ‘old fashioned way’ you can spoon the cooked rice into a lightly buttered 2 quart baking dish and let rest, covered or chill until firm.  You then slice the rice to serve it.

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  1. Coconut rice is popular in Singapore/Malaysia where there is a dish Nasi Lemak made up of coconut rice and spicy side-dishes.

  2. Oooh, I wanna come and eat all that goodness! Lucky you! Love coconut rice, and I think it's such a good blank slate for extra yummy things if you're in the mood for a one-pot meal.

  3. Hey this is looking a lovely combo… ! I Love the addition of coconut milk plus water is equal to a healthy bowl of rice. I can imagine how gud this platter is to satiate ur hunger. Cheers, Sonia

  4. I bet this tastes awesome. What do you serve with it?

  5. We often cook our rice with coconut milk over here too, but we never see the likes of Eric Ripert and Co. coming to Brunei for Restaurant Week! Which reminds me, I must start organizing that event over here… LOL. Love your confused Swiss cow up there, you must still be in a holiday mood ;-).

  6. Restaurant week sounds like fun! I've never had coconut rice, but it sounds really good!

  7. I am a rice freak! I will eat it sweet or savory…dessert or side dish and I will most definitely enjoy this recipe! Sounds like a wonderfully fun culinary week for you guys! Enjoy! (and I loved your vacation pictures!)

  8. You may have just talked me into moving to Cayman. We never get any fun restaurant stuff in my town!

  9. This looks really really good. I love coconut milk but I have a hard time drinking coconut water out of the can… Maybe I'll cook with it instead 🙂

  10. I love coconut rice and yours version looks very interesting and delicious 🙂

  11. Coconut Rice is a top favourite in Malaysia! We eat this with spicy sambal (chili dish), fried anchovies, hard-boiled eggs and cucumber, a complete meal! It tastes extremely fragrant wrapped in banana leaves. Nice to see your version of coconut rice! Yum!

  12. I love coconut! Your rice sounds awesome! And I am so jealous that it is restaurant week for you…. I have to wait until March for it to happen in Boston 🙁

  13. You have such a fun blog. I always enjoy my visits to see what you're cooking and the rice sounds like it will make an appearance on my table with a little grilled shrimp. Yum!

  14. This rice sounds so good! Have fun will of the culinary excitement going on in Cayman!

  15. JUM!! Just to bad coconut will upset my hubby’s tummy. Guess there’s more for me than =)

  16. The coconut rice would goes wonderfully with some veggie curry ;-))

  17. delicious rice we make coconut rice differently without coconut water looks wonderful

  18. I didn't know there is coconut “water” and “milk”! I always enjoy coconut rice outside the home, but it's nice to keep the recipe at home so I can make it as side dish instead of just simple white rice. On a diff note, I was talking to friends who are not food bloggers and your site came up in the conversation when we were talking about Cayman Island. You are popular! 🙂

  19. Oh my gosh… you have no idea how happy you've made me with this recipe. I've been wanting to make coconut rice for the longest time!

    Looks delicious!

  20. Wow – that's quite an extravaganza lined up and with that coconut rice, we know where it's really cookin'! Way to go. Looks wonderful!

  21. I love coconut rice and yours looks amazing. Unfortunately my husband hates coconut (how weird is that?!) but no matter – that just means more for me 🙂

  22. If I could only fly over for some of those events.. You have managed to make a very simple bowl of rice very appetizing..

  23. Yummmm! I love coconut rice!

  24. Restaurant week in Cayman must be freaking AWESOME! … like this rice! So smart to use coconut water AND coconut milk! I usually use coconut milk and veggie broth… Once again you drop the knowledge! THANKS! 😀

  25. This is going to be a hit a our place, now I have to find coconut water.

  26. Sounds delicious – and you are going to have SO much fun! The cow drawing is a hoot! Glad you're back…I missed you!

  27. I have made rice like this and love it, its so delciious… anyone who hasnt tried it will love it too!

  28. I'm moving in. Do you have my room ready? Btw totally jealous of your coconut water. I still cannot find any around me 🙁

  29. I bought all the ingredients to make coconut rice last spring, but never got to it. You've convinced me to put it on the menu again soon. And had to laugh at your cow 🙂

    PS…thank you SO much for your support! xo

  30. Oh lot of coconut yuminees here.It goes so wel wit milk

  31. Although I usually make plain white sticky rice, I do like coconut, so your recipe sounds delicious!

  32. I love coconut rice… yours looks delicious.

  33. We are lucky enough to live in one of the beautiful places in the world, but must confess to an occasional twinge of envy when reading about your fabulous life on the Caymans! We'll just have to scarf on this delicious coconut rice and pretend we're you….!

  34. Wow I wish I could come down for restaurant week! Maybe next year! 🙂 I love coconut rice, a great side dish or base for many good meals! Have fun!

  35. This sounds great. I am intrigued by the cold, traditional way. The Cayman Cookout sounds amazing, I can't wait for your coverage of it!

  36. This must be so good… my favorite stuff… coconut is in it! 🙂

  37. This is new to me, but just the idea is making my mouth water. I do love coconut and using it to flavor rice does sound like a great way to prepare it. I will need to try-yum! Have a great weekend!

  38. Adding coconut water is new to me although coconut milk or grated ones are common over here, need to try out.

  39. That event sounds awesome!! I just bought Ferran Adria's new cookbook (The Family Meal). It's gorgeous. I almost don't want to cook out of it, for fear of messing it up.

  40. I love rice like this and with coconut look delicious,gloria

  41. I love coconut rice, although I've never made it quite this way before. I have to humbly admit that I don't know about coconut water. Sounds like you've got some great eating ahead. This is fair week here — that translates to carnie food, anything deep fried is yours. I'm jealous.

  42. I love love love coconut. Coconut milk, coconut water, coconut juice, and coconut oil! All of it. So I will def. be trying this. P.S. Jose Andres is the BEST. His restaurants are my favorite, especially Jaleo. Im super jealous. Eat his food if you get the chance!

  43. Nice rice! The tasting aspect at those events sounds particularly enticing. Good eating coming up

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