Arroz Con Coco (Colombian Coconut Rice) Recipe

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J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Note: Look for coconut milk with no stabilizers such as crystalline cellulose or xanthan gum. If you can't find them, add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to the pot in step 1 once the coconut milk has reduced down to a few tablespoons and starts spluttering.

Recipe Facts

Active: 20 mins
Total: 45 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1 (13.5 ounce) can coconut milk (see note)

  • 2 cups uncooked long or medium grain rice

  • 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup sugar (or brown sugar)

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)

  • 3 cups water

Directions

  1. Heat coconut milk in a 2 quart heavy-bottomed saucepan over high heat until simmering. Reduce to medium low and cook, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon until reduced to a couple of tablespoons (see note). Continue to cook, stirring and scraping constantly until coconut oil breaks out and coconut solids cook down to a deep, dark brown, about 20 minutes total.

  2. Add rice, sugar (more or less to taste), and salt. Increase heat to medium and cook, stirring constantly until rice grains begin to turn translucent and golden, about 2 minutes. Add raisins (if using) and stir to combine.

  3. Add water and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer over high heat, reduce to lowest possible setting, cover, and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest 15 minutes longer. Fluff with a fork, and serve.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
210 Calories
14g Fat
21g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 210
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 328mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 158mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)