How to Cook Nigerian Coconut Rice (coconut jollof rice)

Tasty Coco-nutty yummy and extremely addicting Coconut jollof rice, a must-try for everyone.

How to Cook Nigerian Coconut Rice , Nigerian Coconut Rice,      

Nigerian Coconut Rice is always a welcomed dish in many homes, parties or events. It’s rich coconut taste and aroma always get my guests asking for more. 

 Although it looks a lot like the Nigerian Jollof Rice, it is quite different in aroma and the ”coconuty” taste, isn’t what you get with Jollof Rice.

Nigerian Coconut Rice can also be made plain without stews or tomatoes, making it look more like plain Boiled rice, but with a distinctive coconut taste. 

So enough of the Chit chat....let’s get cooking.
For the Video lovers , Here’s a video recipe on How to Cook Nigerian Coconut Rice 

Ingredients for Nigerian Coconut Rice
 *500g Parboiled Rice (Here’s how to Parboil Rice)
*150ml Tomato Stew
*100ml Coconut Milk(Here’s how to make extract coconut milk from whole coconut)

*100 ml Chicken/ Beef stock or plain water
*1 medium sized Onion bulb
*Ground Crayfish(optional)

*2 Stock cubes/stock powder/ Seasoning  of choice 
*Pepper (to taste)
*Salt (to taste)

Preparations Before cooking the Nigerian Coconut Rice
A. If you don’t have the canned coconut milk, here’s an easy method on How to Extract Coconut Milk from whole coconut.

Coconut oil can also be used in the absence of coconut milk.

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B. Cook  the chicken/beef, grill/fry and set aside;reserve the stock(liquid from cooking the meat)

C. If you don’t have tomato stew, Prepare it by following the directions on this link on How to cook Tomato stew.

D. Now wash and Parboil the white rice and leave to drain in a colander /sieve.Here’s how to Parboil Rice for Nigerian Rice Recipes.

E. Grind the crayfish(if using) and set aside

Now to Cook the Coconut Rice

1. In a large pot, pour in the tomato stew, meat stock and the extracted coconut milk. Leave to boil for 5 minutes.

2. Pour the parboiled rice into the pot, add the chopped onions, ground crayfish, stock cubes, pepper and salt to taste. Make sure that the liquid in the pot is at the same level as the rice in the pot, if not, add some more to top it up.

3. Now cover and leave the rice to cook on medium heat until the liquid in the pot is dried up.
  Tip: High heat will make the rice burn before it is cooked, while low heat will make the rice soggy and will also burn at the bottom.

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4. The rice is properly done when it is tender and there is no more liquid in the pot.
Serve and enjoy.

Note: Coconut
rice sometimes turn out a bit sticky because of the cream in the coconut
milk, so don’t worry your pretty head about that.

A simple remedy is to scoop out a little of the coconut cream, before using it in the recipe..
Nigerian Coconut Rice is usually served with Salad, Moi Moi or Fried Plantains (dodo).

How to Cook Nigerian Coconut Rice , Nigerian Coconut Rice,

Related Recipes 
* All Rice Recipes

* Nigerian Fried Rice 

* Nigerian Egg Fried Rice

* Nigerian Rice and Beans: How to cook Nigerian Jollof Rice and Beans

How to Parboil long grain white Rice(Nigerian  method)

Jollof Rice : How to Cook Nigerian Party Jollof Rice

Please leave your comments, doubts, questions and success stories  below 
☺Bon Appetit


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  1. Idoko Katherine
    June 15, 2017 / 11:32 am

    Nice recipe Nky, I love your

  2. Omotola Olaosebikan
    June 4, 2016 / 1:47 pm


  3. Omotola Olaosebikan
    June 4, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    Hello admin this my first time and I can say you are doing a great job.please what are the major ingredients in cooking coconut rice?and what do you mean by stock?thanks so much

  4. Anonymous
    August 23, 2015 / 2:43 am

    Do u are crayfish to Plan coconut rice?

  5. Adewale constanchem
    July 3, 2015 / 12:34 am

    Hm! Tried it and I loved it, share a dish of coconut rice,with fresh vegetables mix with fresh boil corn + protein and Dodo with my neighbour. Wish I could share a picture with u all here. Thank u so much #Admin , my 1st time and I loved it.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      July 6, 2015 / 11:00 am

      You are so welcome dearie, hope to see more of you here 🙂

  6. Anonymous
    June 4, 2015 / 5:40 pm

    Can I add d shaft to d rice after cooking

    • Nky Lily Lete
      July 6, 2015 / 10:58 am

      NO, but you can use the shaft for coconut chips, check our recipes for ''gurundi'', you'll love it.

  7. Anonymous
    September 19, 2014 / 7:40 pm

    Please how can i cook it plain without tomato. … Thanks

    • Nky Lily Lete
      September 22, 2014 / 9:26 am

      Simply omit the tomato stew in this recipe.

  8. Anonymous
    September 12, 2014 / 12:55 pm

    Can i put all the spices crayfish and pepper before putting the rice to prevent too much turning and burning?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      September 14, 2014 / 9:49 am

      I don't use that method but I'm sure it will also turn out fine.

    • Anonymous
      September 19, 2014 / 7:45 pm

      Please how can i cook it plain without tomato? Thanks

  9. Anonymous
    September 9, 2014 / 10:33 am

    Thanks for the information. Now I can cook my rice.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      September 10, 2014 / 8:41 am

      You're welcome 🙂

  10. Anonymous
    July 24, 2014 / 9:42 pm

    thanks ma.

    • Nky Lily Lete
      August 5, 2014 / 4:53 pm

      You're welcome dearie.

  11. Anonymous
    July 2, 2014 / 2:38 pm

    How can I preserve my coconut rice for T̶̲̥̅̊h̶̲̥̅̊e̶̲̥̅̊ next day

    • Nky Lily Lete
      July 7, 2014 / 1:58 pm

      Let the coconut rice cool completely then transfer into a container and store in the fridge.

  12. Anonymous
    June 16, 2014 / 3:20 pm

    Great one ma'am

    • Nky Lily Lete
      June 17, 2014 / 7:58 am

      thanks 🙂

  13. adesuwa
    May 22, 2014 / 6:46 am

    i love this

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 26, 2014 / 8:22 am

      thanks hun 🙂

  14. Anonymous
    May 8, 2014 / 4:35 pm

    My children don't like eating my rice,they prefer me cooking party jollof rice

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 9, 2014 / 6:08 pm

      Party jollof rice is a big favorite for all. Try out this coconut rice recipe too, I'm sure they'll like it 🙂

  15. Anonymous
    May 7, 2014 / 1:16 pm

    i prepared dis yesterday wif runner beans carrot n shrimp,nd wifout d tomatoe sauce,i just slice my tomatoes n pepper,i did nt add any oil to it cos i know d coconut has it own oil;hope it ok like dat?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      May 9, 2014 / 6:06 pm

      I haven't cooked it that way, so how did it turn out?

  16. Anonymous
    February 3, 2014 / 1:03 pm

    i've seen so many coconut rice as soft as 'banga rice'. i mean very very soft. is it also acceptable?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      February 4, 2014 / 10:06 am

      Coconut rice can get very soft and mushy if not cooked properly due to the oil in the coconut milk and stock. But that can be avoided if less is used and if the stock&coconut milk is boiled until it bubbles, before adding the parboiled rice.

    • ogechi
      March 25, 2015 / 2:36 am

      Can you use just tin tomatoes to make the tomato stew…

    • Nky Lily Lete
      March 25, 2015 / 9:18 am

      yes you can.

  17. Anonymous
    January 23, 2014 / 4:44 pm


    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 27, 2014 / 9:12 am

      thanks 🙂

  18. Anonymous
    January 21, 2014 / 6:15 pm

    Can u make ot plain without tomato stew

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 27, 2014 / 9:12 am

      yes you can, but you'll have to use extra seasoning.

  19. Anonymous
    January 18, 2014 / 2:55 pm

    thank you

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 18, 2014 / 6:12 pm

      You're welcome 🙂

  20. Anonymous
    January 14, 2014 / 2:07 pm

    No vegetable oil will be applied at all?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      January 15, 2014 / 12:08 pm

      Remember that the stew you'll be adding already has oil in it… too much oil will make the rice burn at the bottom before it is done.

  21. Anonymous
    September 29, 2013 / 8:49 am

    is it ok if i put the meat back in the pot after mixin the whole stock and stew? So that the meat will have a coconut taste too?

    • Nky Lily Lete
      September 30, 2013 / 8:37 am

      Adding the meat back into the pot will soften it more as the rice cooks,but you can do that if you don't mind it getting really soft.