Spruce up your side dish with this aromatic coconut rice infused with lemongrass. An effortless side dish that pairs well with so many entrees.

Coconut Rice with Lemongrass

I’ve been having a love affair with lemongrass lately. One of the many benefits of cooking with it, is that the smell immediately takes over the whole house with its fresh, citrusy scent. It’s kind of like a natural air freshener. I love the smell so much, I’ve even gone as far as buying a deodorant with chunks of lemongrass in it.

Earlier this year I posted a lemongrass ginger tea, which I love and still drink on a regular basis. The flavor combination is so appealing, I thought it’d be nice to have an edible version of it. Combine that with my love of coconut milk and simple side dishes, and violà, this lovely coconut rice was born.

Coconut Rice with Lemongrass

One tip I have to offer when following this recipe is to make sure you give the rice a good stir, especially at the beginning of cooking. It has a tendency to stick to the bottom and can burn easily if the burner heats up fast.

This coconut rice pairs well with Asian flavors, like a Thai chicken dish, green and red curries, or a simple tofu stir fry. There are many possibilities out there waiting for you. Happy cooking! Enjoy!

Coconut Rice with Lemongrass
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Servings: 4
  • 2 cups Long Grain Rice
  • 1 400ml can Coconut Milk
  • 1 cup Warm Water
  • 1 Lemongrass stalk
  • 2 tsp Ginger Root (peeled and minced)
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  1. Place your rice in a fine mesh sieve and rinse the rice until the water runs clear. It will take a minute or two. ( You can also rinse it in a pot and pour out the water while holding the lid tightly.)
  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan, and bring to a gentle boil. Give the rice a stir. Cover and reduce heat to low. Let simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the lid and cook uncovered for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Once the rice is cooked, remove the lemongrass and cinnamon stick. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.
Coconut Rice infused with lemongrass. Pairs well with curries. #vegan #glutenfree #recipe

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Oh, my! This looks like a lovely rice! I must try to find some lemongrass.


I had a stalk of lemongrass IN my hands yesterday at our local Asian supermarket and I put it back because I shifted my plan, and now I’m sad. Because this sounds amazing. I can just imagine how aromatic it is!

Denise of Urb'n'Spice

I am just going to have to put lemongrass on my shopping list for tomorrow, Nicole. I am sure that the combination of the flavours of the lemongrass, coconut and ginger together is amazing in this rice dish. I am looking forward to trying it.

Bernice Hill

Great post! I’m always looking for a new way to cook rice. I grew some lemongrass last summer but it didn’t get very big…it would have been just the right size to make a batch of this!