Fragrant Ginger Rice

A white bowl full of Ginger Rice accented by bits of garlic, ginger, and fresh cilantro.

Ginger Rice is a fragrant side dish featuring Jasmine rice, garlic, ginger, creamy coconut milk, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. This aromatic rice is the perfect addition to any meal or main dish but is especially delicious with Asian dishes like curries, grilled meats, and stir fries.

Fragrant ginger rice is a simple, yet delicious side dish that will add a flavourful kick to any meal. It’s as tasty with Massaman Beef Coconut Curry as it is alongside a perfect piece of Simple Cast Iron Salmon. Whatever you serve it with, this fragrant ginger rice is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

A white bowl full of Ginger Rice accented by bits of garlic, ginger, and fresh cilantro.

Ginger Rice

Rice is one of the world’s top grain crops. It’s a main staple of over 100 countries worldwide, and often is eaten more than once a day. I didn’t grow up eating a lot of rice, but I can’t do without it now.

Most of the time I steam white basmati rice in the rice cooker. However, for dinner recipes that call for a little extra effort, I make fragrant Ginger Rice.

This rice dish doesn’t take a lot of effort, especially if you are already preparing fresh ginger and garlic for the main dish. It’s so easy to mince a little more and just add it to the rice!

A white bowl full of Ginger Rice accented by bits of garlic, ginger, and fresh cilantro.

Next, swap out the cooking water for chicken stock or broth, add some coconut milk and you’ll have a delicious and aromatic side in no time.

This ginger rice recipe can be made in a saucepan or rice cooker, whichever is your preferred method. I like to make it stovetop because it makes whole kitchen smell amazing. Once you try this dish, it will become one of your favourite rice recipes. You may even want to eat it as a main because it is so flavourful and satisfying.

Ingredients required to make Ginger Rice.

The Ingredients

Ginger Rice is essentially coconut rice with added aromatics, namely peeled fresh ginger. As always, when a recipe contains very few ingredients, it is important to use only fresh ingredients to achieve the best flavour profile.

  • Jasmine Rice
  • Coconut Oil
  • Coconut Milk
  • Chicken Stock
  • Salt
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Lime
  • Cilantro
Process images showing how to fry aromatics and how to cook Ginger Rice.

Jasmine rice has a unique floral sweet scent and flavour which combines with coconut in the most magical way. You can use basmati or long grain white rice in this dish; however, Jasmine rice is the most recommended. I would not recommend using brown rice.

For this dish the rice is rinsed, then fried with the aromatics in coconut oil. This ingredient adds a certain depth of flavour and coats the rice so that it achieves the perfect grainy texture as it cooks. If you plan on using a rice cooker, fry the rice with aromatics first, then add them to the rice cooker, along with the other ingredients.

A white bowl full of Ginger Rice surrounded by fresh cilantro, limes, ginger root, and garlic cloves.

In recipes (such as this one) that require a partial can of coconut milk, I sometimes use powdered coconut milk and rehydrate it according to package instructions. Coconut milk comes in can sizes of 14 oz, but sometimes you can find 8 oz or even 5 oz. You will need 1 cup or 8 oz of coconut milk for this recipe.

Use homemade chicken broth or stock where you can or purchase a high-quality store-bought chicken stock.

A white bowl full of Ginger Rice accented by bits of garlic, ginger, and fresh cilantro.

Fresh ginger root, garlic cloves, fresh cilantro, and fresh squeezed lime juice are also required for this recipe.

How to Make Ginger Rice

Place the rice in a fine mesh strainer. Rinse the rice with cold water until the water becomes mostly clear. Allow the water to drain out completely.

Next, heat the coconut oil in a medium sized pan, then add the rice. Fry the rice, stirring constantly, until it turns from opaque to white. Add the garlic and ginger and stir fry until fragrant.

Plates of orange chicken served with ginger rice with wooden chopsticks and orange slices.

Stir in the chicken stock, coconut milk, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, then reduce heat and cover.

Simmer gently for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the lid and test the rice. If it is dry and needs more cooking time, add a few more tablespoons of water, cover and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

When the rice is soft, yet still individual grains it is done cooking. Remove from heat and allow the rice to sit for 5 minutes with the lid on. Then remove the lid and fluff with a fork. Stir in the lime juice and cilantro.

A wooden spoon sits in a white bowl filled with Ginger Rice garnished with chopped cilantro.

How to Make Perfect Rice

Are you tired of stodgy, sticky, or crunchy rice? The perfect bowl of rice contains tender rice that is cooked through but still holds the individual shape of each grain. Here is a short guide to cooking the perfect bowl of coconut ginger rice.

  1. Rinse the rice in cold water. Use a fine mesh sieve and really give it a good rinse. This will remove any impurities and any excess starch. The water will never be crystal clear, but you will notice it become less cloudy as you rinse.
  2. Soak the rice for an hour. This step isn’t necessary, but it helps open up the pores in the rice grains, allowing them to absorb more coconut milk and aromatic flavour.
  3. Toast the rice in coconut oil. This will give the final dish an extra depth of nutty coconut flavour.
  4. Dilute the coconut milk. Adding coconut milk with chicken stock infuses each grain with extra flavour.
  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. A light simmer is all you need to cook rice perfectly. Keep the lid on throughout this step until you test at the end.
  6. Do not stir rice. Stirring rice will break up the tender grains.
  7. Allow the cooked rice to rest. Once the rice is tender, let it sit (covered) for 5 minutes to allow any excess moisture to be absorbed. More absorption means more flavour!
A white bowl full of Ginger Rice accented by bits of garlic, ginger, and fresh cilantro.

Storing Leftovers

If you have any leftover Ginger rice, allow it to cool to room temperature. Place the rice in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator and consume within 4-5 days.

To freeze the rice, place room temperature rice in a freezer bag and remove most of the air while sealing the bag. Freeze the rice for up to three months.

A wooden spoon holds a spoonful of Ginger rice accented with bits of garlic, ginger, and fresh chopped cilantro.
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Yield: 6 servings

Fragrant Ginger Rice

A wooden spoon holds a spoonful of Ginger rice accented with bits of garlic, ginger, and fresh chopped cilantro.

Ginger Rice is a fragrant side dish featuring Jasmine rice, garlic, ginger, creamy coconut milk, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. This aromatic rice is the perfect addition to any meal or main dish but is especially delicious with curries, grilled meats, and stir fries.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Jasmine rice; uncooked
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon finely minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons finely grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro; chopped

Instructions

  1. Rinse the rice well and drain the water out.
  2. Heat the coconut oil in a medium sized pan, then add the rice. Fry the rice, stirring constantly, until it turns from opaque to white. Add the garlic and ginger and stir fry until fragrant.
  3. Stir in the chicken stock, coconut milk, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, then reduce heat and cover.
  4. Simmer gently for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the lid and test the rice. If it is dry and needs more cooking time, add a few more tablespoons of water, cover and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  5. When the rice is soft, yet still individual grains it is done cooking. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Stir in the lime juice and cilantro.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 194Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 491mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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22 comments

  1. nancy

    This rice looks simple but it is elegant and packed with flavours. I love how you even added coconut milk to make it a little tropical! well done Bernice. You always have such inspiring recipes!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Well, if I can’t travel to the tropics at least I can still eat like I’m there! Am I right?

  2. Marie-Pierre Breton

    This looks like my type of rice! Sweet and spicy is my favourite! I cannot wait to try this out with a lovely Asian protein! Yum!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It has such a lovely fragrance. I know you’ll love it Marie!

  3. Sangeetha

    This Ginger Rice recipe is simply amazing! I was a little hesitant at first to use coconut milk, but it added such a creamy and subtle sweetness to the rice. The ginger and garlic gave it a great flavor and the lime juice just balanced everything out perfectly. I can’t wait to pair this fragrant rice with my favorite curries and stir fries. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      This rice is so versatile… I love it with curries too.

  4. Claire

    What a delicious sounding rice dish! I’m always looking for ways to level up my rice game since rice can so easily be a bland dish. Can’t wait to give this a try!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I agree. I hope you really love it Claire. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Elaine

    I can literally feel the smell of the rice when looking at your images. This is a wonderful side to so many of my favorite dishes!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It is very fragrant indeed. I wish there was smell-o-gram.

  6. Ann

    This sounds like a delicious side dish of rice. Or even mix it in with some stir fry. Thanks for the recipe share!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes! Actually it also makes great leftovers and is perfect for fried rice!

  7. Cathleen

    This rice is so good, I don’t think I want to make rice any other way! Thank you for sharing such a great recipe 🙂

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Once you try it, you will prefer it over plain steamed rice!

  8. Jessica

    I can’t tell you how excited I am to try this recipe! A great change from our regular white rice or mexican rice. Sound delish with that salmon you linked 😉 I’ve never fried the rice before adding the liquids, so I’m happy you provided that tip – sounds like this will be a hit!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It is kind of a nice change. The extra aromatics really make it something special.

  9. Sean

    Rice is one of my go to sides for dinner and this ginger rice went perfectly with my jerk chicken. I will be making this again soon.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      wow, that’s a great pairing. I’m glad you enjoyed it with the jerk chicken Sean.

  10. Marta

    I loved how this ginger rice came out. I served it with my curried fish and Caribbean cabbage and the family devoured it. This will definitely become a regular dish in our home.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Oh, I can just imagine how tasty that was. The flavours are perfect for Caribbean food!

  11. Gloria

    I love rice. The perfect side dish for so many meals. The addition of ginger is delicious. Great with any seafood or meat.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It’s a very versatile side for sure, even perfect under shrimp or with salmon.

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