Coconut rice is not just a healthy meal, it is also delicious, especially when you use really matured-sweet coconuts.
If you are looking to prepare this delicious meal but don’t know how to do it, here is all you need to know about preparing this delicious rice meal.

Coconut rice

What you see is a plate of simple coconut rice, super delicious. The only difference between the usual jollof rice and this is the use of coconut milk; it changes the taste, aroma and impairs the color slightly.

I think this comes fourth on my list of delicious rice meals. Right after salad sauce, carrot stew, and fried rice.

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There are actually different recipes, some don’t use tomatoes, others do 😆 😀

First, you should spend some time looking for the really mature cocoanut, one big cocoanut would be enough for 4 cups of rice which would probably serve a family of five or six.

When you eventually find the matured-dried coconut, the shell is usually dried. Break it, take a bite, if it is not sweet, start looking again.

It is important to buy the really matured and sweet cocoanut, it makes a whole lot of difference. It should really be somewhat sugary. If you are there, shout – yaw!!! And commence with the rest of the cooking.

The Ingredients for coconut rice

Serving – 6 Persons

1 Big Coconut.
3 cups of rice
Fresh ground tomatoes (500ml)
2 Tablespoons (tomato paste) (tin tomato)
Chicken (2KG)
1 cup of sliced onions
3 seasoning cubes
Half teaspoon of chicken spice
Vegetable oil half cup (150ml)
Teaspoon ground ginger.
Half teaspoon of ground garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

Here are some of the ingredients.
ingredients coconut

Some ground fresh tomatoes,

How to make coconut rice

Step 1
You start by breaking and de-shelling the cocoanut (we don’t need the water inside, you can drink it – very healthy), grate (sort of grind) the coconut with a grater, the idea is to squeeze out the milk from the main coconut.

Normally you grate the coconut with a grater and then add a cup of water or two and then squeeze out the white water (coconut milk) which is needed for the preparation of coconut rice. Filter the squeezed out milk and set aside in a bowl


Step 2
Parboil three cups of rice, grind the tomatoes/peppers (you need about 500ml), your blender should be calibrated, or you can slice the tomatoes if you like.

Also parboil the chicken with all the necessary ingredients (half cup of sliced onions, 2 seasonings cubes, Salt, and half teaspoon of chicken spice), add a cup of water.
Precooking meat

Allow cooking till it is soft, around 10-15 minutes.

Pick the chicken with a kitchen fork and deep fry, set aside the stock.

Step 3
Set your cooking pot on heat, add a half-cup (150ml) of vegetable oil, allow heating for at least 90 seconds before adding the tomatoes. Now fry and stir the tomatoes for the next 10-15 minutes till it is dried.

You should have your pot looking like this.

Step 4
Add the chicken stock once you are done with frying the tomatoes, also add the coconut milk.
cooking coconut rice

Add a seasoning cube, add more salt to taste. Allow boiling before adding the rice, then the remaining half cup of sliced onions.
Cook for the next twenty to forty minutes until the rice is soft and easy to chew.

You can add a little more water along the line. once it gets soft, turn, and serve.
Pot of coconut rice
Go ahead and serve with the fried meat, you just made a delicious pot of coconut rice

Serve with the cooked, fried or grilled chicken. Aside from chicken, you can also use goat meat, beef or assorted meat to make a delicious coconut rice meal.
Coconut rice
Do you like the meal? Any question? pls, leave me a comment below.

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Coconut rice recipe

Coconut Rice recipe

Chy Anegbu
Coconut rice is delicious and beneficial to your health.
So much has been said about coconut and all of its health benefits, when you find a way to combine together with rice tomatoes and several other ingredients, what you get is a huge chunk of deliciousness.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Nigerian Cuisine
Servings 6 People


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  • 1 Big Coconut.
  • 3 cups of rice
  • Fresh ground tomatoes 500ml
  • 2 kg Chicken
  • 1 cups of onions
  • 3 seasoning cubes
  • Half teaspoon chicken spice
  • 150 ml Vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  • Grate the coconut, add two cups of water and squeeze out the coconut milk. You don't want the coconut water, you can drink that one. We need the coconut milk.
  • Parboil 3 cups of rice, wash and set aside.
  • Grind the tomatoes, you need 500ml, combine with 4 small pepper (scotch bonnet), blend into a paste.
  • Precook the chicken, season with a half cup of sliced onions, a teaspoon of salt, half teaspoon of chicken spice, 2 seasoning cubes. Add a cup of water and cook the chicken till it becomes chewable. 😀
  • Set the boiled chicken aside, with the stock.
  • Set a clean pot on heat, add vegetable oil (150ml), allow to heat for 90 seconds before adding the ground tomatoes/peppers. fry for 10-15 minutes, stirring now and then.
  • Once fried add the cooked chicken and stock, the coconut milk, a cup of water, a seasoning cube, salt to taste.
  • Allow to boil, then add the rice, remaining half cup of onions, cover your pot and cook for 20-30 minutes. You can add water occasionally.
  • Serve your coconut rice and chicken once it is soft enough for you.


Keyword Coconut rice, Nigerian rice recipes, Rice recipes in Nigeria

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  1. CAROLYNE  January 27, 2015


    • Chy Anegbu  January 28, 2015

      Sure, you can experiment on it.

      • salamat  February 21, 2017

        Thanks chy i don’t know that i’ve been missing alot since all this while.God bless you

  2. FavourGifted  January 27, 2015

    Wow! Dis amazing l luv it

  3. blessing  January 27, 2015

    Nice one chy, think I will try it this weekend. Also learnt one can add shrimps but really don’t know at What stage of cooking to do that. Please do you have an Idea?

  4. Ighalo Jennifer  January 27, 2015

    am enjoying these recipe daily. We try it on Sat.

  5. Ella  January 27, 2015

    Chy God bless u for dis wonderful job u r doin to help us keep our family together most especially to keep d husbands at home with d home-made food. Av tried most of d receipes and dey came out nice except for d fried rice. I normally use anoda receipe for that so wen I tried out yours,d colour wasn’t ok. When I added d curry to d oil d colour changed,it was darker.What could hv gone wrong?

    • Chy Anegbu  January 28, 2015

      Darker? try using the ingredients as they are listed, thanks for commenting.

      • Martins Ella  June 15, 2017

        Sister chy I love dis
        is it a must to add tomatoes and pepper

  6. Anita  January 27, 2015

    This is lovely, thank u very much. I will try it.

  7. Beatrice Yakubu  January 28, 2015

    Nice one. i will try it. Thank you.

  8. Angel  January 28, 2015

    Chy, thank you so much u ar so wonderful! I learnt many things here. God bless u

  9. mercy  January 29, 2015

    God bless you Chy,l will try to make it. l know that my kids will love it and my husband as well, because they always want me to make something different from what them know,keep it up you are the best love.

    • Chy Anegbu  January 31, 2015

      Thanks dearie.

  10. Bilkis  January 29, 2015

    Thank u for dis great job,i will try it dis wkend.hav used most of ur spices d out come aroma is great. my PC is faulty dats why i hav’nt get ur books.

    • rayo solomon  August 19, 2016

      I am happy now,thanks.

  11. becky  February 1, 2015

    I really appreciate ur good work keep it up. I enjoy how u prepare ur coconut rice and fried rice. Plz continue ur good. Am becky from enugu. I like cooking very well, I also like learning new ideas. Thanks a lot

  12. ify  February 2, 2015

    Wow,u really rock trust m.i get to learn how to make meals diffrently frm my usual way. God bless u big

  13. RUME NDOKINTA  February 10, 2015

    This is d 1st time I am hearing of adding tomatoes in coconut rice. Will try it out though.

  14. Adeyemi  July 8, 2015

    Wao, would give it a try.

  15. ogochukwu  July 8, 2015

    The best recipe ever.. Also budget friendly

  16. julieth  July 9, 2015

    thanks chy. you did a great job. I have you cook book now and its nice.

  17. oma  July 10, 2015

    nice one I love this one

  18. Bella  July 10, 2015

    This is really easy to make. Thanks for the insight

  19. orishane lisa  August 26, 2015

    Thanks alot, this is really plain and simple

  20. Dr. Presh  August 29, 2015

    Wow! U r really amazing at what u do. I just stumbled on your site and before I could even go through some of your recipes I found myself ordering for all the books. Can hardly wait to get them & to start performing. God bless u much sis. Thank you

  21. Victor Winner  September 19, 2015

    wow, u most b a rily gud cook. i ll have to gv ur cocoanut rice a try wit d tomatos kind of tin u knw.

    • helly  August 5, 2016

      Wow your cooking is so interesting, can tin tomatos also be use, must it be fresh tomatos?

  22. Adaora  February 25, 2016

    Pls chy how do I get d cook book. I reside in Lagos

  23. kingcee  March 19, 2016

    I am also a chef. I knw good food n good food iz

  24. Emerald  March 29, 2016

    Chy tenks. I wil try dis soon

  25. Folashade  April 8, 2016

    Hmmmmm, heeeen,Lovely

  26. Emmy  April 19, 2016

    Nice recipe though. Your delicacy are always nice but have not known tomatoes in coconut and groundnut/vegetable oil is optional.

  27. Mina  April 24, 2016

    My mother, taught me to cook coconut rice without fresh tomatoes or vegetable oil and we usually grind the coconut and sieve it to collect the milk and do away with the shaff. I’ve always tried this in my family alongside other spices crayfish inclusive. Each time i prepare it my family and friends always ask for more. Thanks though for your own recipe.

  28. rameed  May 5, 2016

    Hmmmm,yummy, can’t wait to try this again. Coconut beans is also nice, try it.

  29. Khadijah  May 29, 2016

    How can I make White coconut rice not jollof

  30. Halima  July 15, 2016

    Chy i appreciate u. Can’t wait to try tomorrow. How i wish u wil b here to taste n comment.

  31. Vivian  July 22, 2016

    Beautiful, can I add vegetable and when do I add it?

  32. Ekaette  July 23, 2016

    Never heard of groundnut/vegetable oil in coconut rice before. Even tomatoes in coconut rice eliminates the smell of the coconut.

    • Chy Anegbu  July 25, 2016

      There are over 10 known coconut rice recipes my dear Ekaette. What then do you say of coconut moi moi? When it comes to cooking, nothing is etched in stones. thanks

  33. Bablo  July 24, 2016

    I love coconut rice so much. I am so gonna be making this with my gf

  34. Ekaette  July 25, 2016

    I didn’t mean any offence Chy, just that the coconut milk has enough oil in it already to cook the rice very well. Adding additional oil to it is more calories.

  35. Cecilia  November 13, 2016

    Cecilia is waiting for your reply so that l too can experience what other woman are experiencing with those books I need all of them.

    • Chy Anegbu  November 14, 2016

      please call us for the books on 08035051468, 08157668217

  36. Judy  March 11, 2017

    Wow I never knew they also add tomatoes to coconut rice ,it really gonna be nice u kwn thanks dear I learnt dis from u am happy .I will give a try to it

  37. Bisi  August 7, 2017

    Hi Chy
    I recently subscribed to ur site. How I must have missed all this while o! Tnx for d recipe above.
    Ironically I made coconut rice just last week almost the same way as u made urs except two differences:
    – I used coconut oil in place of veg oil
    – I added fresh shrimps like Blessing mentioned above by first frying it in d coconut oil then removing it from the pot and mixing it in only at the end just before serving.
    A trial dey say will convince you!
    Thanks Chy for all you do. Looking 4wrd to buying ur books.

    • Chy Anegbu  August 8, 2017

      Lovely, thanks for your comment dear.

  38. Amychukwuka  September 11, 2017

    God bless the work of your hands, sure to try it soon.

  39. Hafsat  October 19, 2017

    Nice one thankyou

  40. Bjay  October 20, 2017

    Thanks for this, but please what I really anticipate is the ofada rice sauce(popularly known as ayamase) I really want to know the preparations and have the ingredients, thanks.

  41. Amy  October 23, 2017

    Thanks so much

  42. joy  October 23, 2017

    please can I add cryfish to the coconut rice and cent leave

  43. Ezinne Godson  March 7, 2018

    How do I preserve the coconut milk,if blended in the night to be used early morning?

  44. Janet philip  March 19, 2018

    Thanks a lot chy….. What if there is no crater, can one use blender

  45. Lois  April 10, 2018

    Thanks, I will surely try this out. Can I add curry and thyme?

    • Chef Chidi  April 10, 2018

      Sure, you can.

  46. Folashade  June 11, 2018

    Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, Coconut rice with grilled chicken is perfect. God bless u Chef Chidi

  47. Lydia  June 12, 2018

    This is good love it. Thank you so much

  48. RUKAYAT  June 12, 2018

    Wao i
    luv it and i will try it…. Thanks alot

  49. Grace  July 5, 2018

    I love this. Thanks

  50. Goodness  July 18, 2018

    Tnx chy ur just d best ✌ will try these offern God bless

  51. Victoria soberekon ogan  September 21, 2018

    Thanks for the recipe I will try yours

  52. ifeoma  September 28, 2018

    this is interesting. thank you

  53. Genevieve  November 10, 2018

    I have ordered and gotten the books two years ago and never regretted doing so. I am still enjoying, rocking and trying out recipes and they come out great every time. Thanks so much Chy, you are the best!

  54. Nnenna  November 11, 2018

    Good one…….am going to try it today
    Please chy can I get a recipe for soya milk and how to prepare it

  55. jenny  April 29, 2019

    very nice can’t wait to prepare my special dish for mu hubby

  56. Doreen Martin  May 13, 2019

    The best cooking site ever God bless you plenty. I live you

  57. Halimat  May 13, 2019

    wow thanks I will definitely try dis out.

  58. Prince Emrex  March 10, 2020

    Accurate recipes with a systematic combos!

  59. Ebun  March 23, 2020

    Pls the grated coconut can I add it to the rice

    • Chy Anegbu  March 24, 2020

      Yeah, I do that sometimes but most people don’t like it that way.

  60. Hannah  April 27, 2020

    Can will blend the coconut to get milk

    • Chy Anegbu  April 30, 2020

      Sure, Yeah.

  61. Umahi  June 30, 2020

    5 stars
    Thanks for this recipe. I am making coconut rice for the first time. I will definitely tell you how it turns out.

  62. Obiora  July 7, 2020

    5 stars
    Amazingly, you make cooking completely easy. I love coconuts, I eat them as snacks too. When you prepare rice and make coconut the main ingredient, you have me hooked. Thanks.


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