Creamy coconut lime rice in a pan with spoon and small bowls of limes and cilantro

A new staple side dish, this dairy free creamy coconut lime rice is seriously out of this world!

This recipe was inspired by the #1 recipe on the blog, my creamy turmeric rice! This one takes on a new spin, with coconut, lime, and cilantro. It’s super creamy, full of flavor, and super simple.

I truly could not wait to share this one!!

Creamy coconut lime rice with wooden spoon

This rice is SOO creamy, while still being dairy free! It gets the creamy factor from full fat coconut milk (not to be confused with coconut milk from the carton!). You want the full fat version for optimum creaminess and the subtle coconut flavor. So good!!

The fresh lime juice and the cilantro brighten up the flavor of the rice, and make it so perfect for pairing with tacos, beans, veggies, etc.!

Creamy coconut lime rice in a pan with wooden spoon

I am blown away by how many positive reviews have been left for the creamy turmeric rice, and I have full faith you guys will love this one just as much!! Thank you for taking the time to rate, comment, and share on Instagram when you make these recipes- it means SO much to me.

I whipped this creamy coconut lime rice up on a whim with some easy things I had on hand, and I could not get over how perfect it turned out! From the taste to the texture, this is hands down a new favorite side.

This coconut lime rice is gluten free, dairy free, nut free, and just a super nourishing and satisfying recipe. I am obsessed!

Enjoy! xo

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Creamy Coconut Lime Rice (dairy free, gluten free)

  • Author: Mia Zarlengo
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
  • Category: Sides


Dairy free creamy coconut lime rice! Super creamy and full of flavor!


  • 1 + 1/2 cups of uncooked white jasmine rice
  • 2 + 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely diced white or yellow onion
  • 2 large cloves of garlic (or 4 small cloves), minced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped (measure before chopping)


  1. Start by cooking the rice. In a pot with a lid, bring the rice and water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let steam for an additional 10 minutes.
  2. While rice is finishing cooking, heat a large skillet with high sides over medium heat. Slightly reduce heat, add the olive oil, then add the onions and allow to cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the garlic, salt, and pepper and cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Reduce heat to the lowest setting, then stir in the coconut milk (both the thick part and the liquid part). Let sit on low heat for 5 minutes, then stir in the rice, lime juice, and cilantro until everything is well combined. Remove from heat and enjoy! 

Appetizers + Sides, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Lunch + Dinner, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian


Jun 10, 2020

Creamy Coconut Lime Rice (dairy free, gluten free)

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  1. Sasha Fraser says:

    We just made this with @nytcooking Vegan Coconut-Ginger Black Beans. Paired perfectly! This rice is the definition of creamy. We will be putting this on the rotation, for sure! I would recommend toasting the rice grains in a dash of coconut oil before cooking – so good! Next, I’ll try cooking the rice in coconut milk directly, ditching the onion, and adding the garlic, lime and cilantro afterwards. I be it will affect the creaminess aspect, but we’ll see! Thanks Mia – we always love your recipes!

  2. rebecca says:

    sooo easy and refreshing yet filling at the same time. made this tonight with salmon and put it over a bed of spinach with avo on the side! for sure going to be a summer staple in our home!

    • Mia Zarlengo says:

      Thank you so much Rebecca!! This is my current favorite side dish- I’m so happy you loved it!! xo

  3. Madeleine says:

    This rice is delicious and so easy to make! I incorporated it into burrito bowls and it is phenomenal. New go-to side dish for Mexican-inspired meals.

  4. Colleen says:

    This rice is AMAZING. Tangy and sweet and so so refreshing – definitely going to be on repeat all summer and beyond.

  5. Jen says:

    This rice is seriously SO GOOD. I pair it with some shredded chicken and I have lunch/dinner for several days! I’ve made it 2-3 times now and I can’t get enough of it.

  6. Erum says:

    I didn’t have white rice so I used a mix of riced cauliflower and RightRice. It came out so creamy and delicious! The flavor combination is amazing. I had it with black beans and kale and will definitely make again!

  7. Megan Price says:

    My absolute favorite rice I have ever made!! It is so creamy and I love the twist that the fresh lime juice gives it.

  8. Katilana says:

    SO GOOD! Only made it once and it comes to my mind everytime I think of having rice with my meals. Will be making it again thanks for being so amazing with all of these wonderful recepies!

  9. Natasha says:

    My new go to side- I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve made this. Quick, easy, delicious- a no brainer.

  10. Nikki says:

    This is hands down an AMAZING dish. Wonderful balance, flavor, and satisfying. Makes as a wonderful side dish or even as a main dish. I made it for my boyfriend who said it was the best thing I’ve ever cooked! I’ve saved this as a staple!!

  11. Ava says:

    mmm the texture of this was on point!! also love how this is a little different from just plain rice, makes life a lil more interesting????love love, and will be trying more recipes from her soon!!

  12. Kasey says:

    Best rice recipe I’ve ever had! Was a hit with the whole family. Definitely try this one.

  13. Miriam S. says:

    easy and delicious!

  14. Stella says:

    Just made this today! It tasted really refreshing and I liked the creamy feeling. I paired it with fried chicken and it was simply delicious!

  15. Miranda says:

    Could eat this rice every day and I don’t think I would ever get sick of it. So delicious and we like pairing it with grilled tofu!

  16. Jordan says:

    Best rice I’ve ever had. So creamy. Great side with salmon!

  17. Melina says:

    Hi Mia! Can reg coconut milk work instead of full fat?

  18. Jess says:

    The most inrecible rice I’ve ever had and so easy to make! I have to stop myself from standing over the stove and eating the entire pot every time!!

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