Caribbean Rice


caribbean rice

A couple of weeks ago we had our last cooking club of the year.  Cooking club goes with the school schedule, so we take a break over the summer.  This month the theme was Island food.  Everything everyone brought was incredible, I can’t wait to try a couple of the recipes and share them with you.

I brought this Caribbean Rice, as well as a drink I will share with you soon.  Now, I am not sure this rice is authentic in any way.  It just has flavors I think of when I think of tropical islands.  Coconut, pineapple, and lime all say tropical to me.  This rice was a huge hit.  It is sweet because of the coconut milk, but not overly sweet that you can’t have it for dinner.   Unfortunately my family won’t go for fruit in their rice, so it will be awhile before I get to have this again.

This rice didn’t reheat the best.  Admittedly I am not the best with leftovers, so it could have just been me.  I would scale back a little if I was making it for less than 4 or 5 people.  It is super easy to make though, so it works great for a weeknight meal.  A nice little island escape in the middle of the week sounds perfect right now!

Yields 6

A quick rice side dish with coconut milk, lime, pineapple, and cilantro

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 1 can coconut milk
  • Water
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 1/2 cup dried pineapple, chopped
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp lime zest
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced


  1. Pour coconut milk into a measuring cup. Fill with water to equal 2 1/2 cups. In a saucepan bring liquid to a boil. Add rice, pineapple, butter, lime zest and salt. Stir to combine. Cover, reduce heat to low and let simmer for about 20 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, add cilantro and lime juice before serving.


Adapted from Cooking Light



  1. This rice sounds fabulous! Coconut milk makes everything better.

  2. Erin, what a nice side dish to a summer dinner! The tropical flavors, the coconut milk.. this dish screams vacation, beach, and SUMMER! And fruit in rice sounds amazing too me. More for you if your family wasn’t a fan! :)

  3. This sounds fabulous! I’ll take rice any way I can get it, fruit included!!

  4. Let me slap on my bikini and get out my beach chairs…oh wait…at least I can pretend like I’m on vaca with this!

  5. The tropical flavors sound great and I love your serving bowl!

  6. that rice looks gorgeous and sounds yummy…maybe a good way to get some fruit into my boyfriends diet!! its like having a child…. :)

  7. This rice looks fantastic – since it’s carribean do you think jack sparrow will come to have some too? 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  8. Yum! I’m loving everything that goes in this! And I can’t wait for that drink recipe too!

  9. Your rice sounds perfect! I love that you added dried pineapple to it!! I can’t wait for the drink!!

  10. Erin, this looks delicious–what great flavors!

  11. I like putting pineapple in my mixed rice so I’m sure I will like this. I love the recipe. Don’t know with my kids though. They’re a bit picky too like your family. :-)

  12. That sounds like a delicious breakfast to me! I have made some coconut rice before (and now I am wondering why I haven’t done it more), but the pineapple is new to me! This does look wonderful. Can’t wait for the drink.

  13. Yummy! Love the flavors in this rice! Would go great with some grilled fish!

  14. What a perfect rice dish! Love that you have a cooking club. We use to have one and then our friends had to move to another state. Darn them. Wink.

  15. Beautiful dish! This sounds so fun and tasty!

  16. This looks absolutely wonderful. I adore fruit in rice. Actually more than I like veggies in rice. It just speaks to me.

  17. looks good, I do like fruit and coconut milk with rice, I will have to try this out.

  18. Interesting combo..will try it.

  19. what a coincidence! i was just thinking of doing a Caribbean-themed weekend meal last night! great minds think alike! LOL!!!

  20. I love rice of all preparations but I am especially attracted to those with coconut milk. Love this!

  21. Rice and coconut milk is a favorite Sri Lankan dish.. I like the added Caribbean flavors you have here. Great job! Have a great weekend! ~ Ramona

  22. Coconut milk and pineapple? Even though I’ve never been to Caribbean and never had Caribbean food (I think?), this already sounds so yummy!!

  23. With coconut milk! Sounds very tropical. I would take some for dinner. Even better if I could be on the beach.

  24. It does have perfectly wonderful tropical flavors…very delicious!

  25. We are big rice eaters. I love dressing it up with fresh flavors such as these. Beautiful!


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