Coconut Milk Rice Pudding with Citrus and Ginger

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Author Notes: Rice pudding is such a comforting dessert: sweet enough to satisfy any craving, but gentle enough to double as an indulgent breakfast or anytime snack. In this recipe, the classic pairing of coconut milk and vanilla is livened up by the addition of seasonal citrus and ginger.Gena Hamshaw

Serves 4

  • 1 can (13.6 fluid oz.) full fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup long grain basmati rice
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons maple syrup, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  1. Mix the coconut milk, water, orange juice, vanilla extract, salt, and rice in a medium-sized pot. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce to a low simmer. Cover the pot, but leave the lid very slightly ajar to let steam escape.
  2. Simmer the rice for 30 minutes, or until most of the liquid has absorbed. Stir in maple syrup, ginger, cinnamon, and zest. Continue cooking till rice is creamy and soft. If necessary, add a little more water or maple syrup.
  3. Serve warm or cool, dusted with extra cinnamon if desired!

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Comments (28) Questions (2)


6 days ago Lusty Dish

Do you use sweetened or unsweetened coconut milk?


about 1 month ago Linda Seay

How is cinnamon wrong in this recipe?


about 1 month ago Tracy

Did not need maple syrup to sweeten bc coconut was super sweet...also didn't put in cinn bc it sounded wrong...Also added 1cup extra liquid (used OJ--next time would use water--it has a strong OJ flav).
Over all Yummmy breakfast :)


4 months ago Heather

Thank you for this comforting, flavorful, satisfying way to start my day. Deliciousness in a bowl.


about 1 year ago Chelsea Robinson

I made this tonight and it was killer! My friend said, "I want to put butter and brown rice in this!" So we did. And it was a game-changer. I love the citrus! I'm excited to eat it cold for breakfast. Also, I used brown basmati and it was so good. Yay! Thanks!


over 1 year ago jsandy

I subbed pineapple juice and needed alot more liquid to get it creamy so I added milk. Not the best texture but like the taste and concept. Will have to play with it a bit.


over 1 year ago andque

Is this 3 to 4 cups of orange juice or three-quarters of one cup?


over 1 year ago lizarnold

question: is the rice uncooked when you put it in?


over 1 year ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I'm thinking of trying it with Meyer lemons this weekend. And garnish with unsweetened, shredded coconut. Can you see the big smile on my face? Perfect comfort food for this lousy weather.


about 1 month ago ctgal

I am in Fla. and my Meyer lemon tree is loaded with fruit still ripening. I'm always looking for ways to use the lemons. What a great idea! Thanks!


over 1 year ago LE BEC FIN

p.s. your rice pudding recipe is a killer and, once i change it to brown basmati rice, I am making it!! Th you.


about 2 years ago Helen Fraser

Gonna have to try this!


over 2 years ago LP

This is SO good! Just made the recipe today, using short grain brown rice. I've eaten half the pot already! Thank you for the recipe!


over 2 years ago PatronStOfTofu

This is delicious! I made it for the second time today and added some mango on top.


over 2 years ago Daniela Nyvltova

Truly delicious rice pudding. Thank you for the recipe.


over 2 years ago Gena Hamshaw

Hello folks! Cinnamon has been added to the ingredients -- it was a glitch, and I apologize profusely for it. Hope it's clear now.


over 2 years ago rapearson

I found this wasn't sweet enough for my liking. Also I needed quite a bit more liquid and cooking time for the rice to cook through - it ended up being less pudding, and more thick mass of rice (which I ended up adding dairy milk to thin it out).


over 1 year ago Swiss Meringue

Mine turned out the same way - not like a rice pudding, more like gloppy rice!


over 1 year ago valerie

me, too. big bowl of yummy sticky rice. novice at making rice pudding, but i knew this wasn't right. tastes good, though. will try some slightly warm milk. breakfast?


over 1 year ago Linda

I have been making a Danish Rice Pudding for years. It makes a thick, but not gloppy rice pudding. The recipe asks for 4 cups of milk to one cup of uncooked rice. I will give this a try with more liquid and let you know how it works.


15 days ago Laura F

Agree with all of the above -- not nearly enough liquid to make this work, and I needed to cook it for about 45 minutes in total. Also, the flavouring wasn't to our liking. I would make it again with about twice as much liquid, and omit the orange flavour.


over 2 years ago alfagetti

Cinnamon? Hello?? What???? *sigh*


over 2 years ago Katie N

Please, how much cinnamon. It is not in the ingredient list.


over 2 years ago Randall Burghart

No cinnamon in the ingredient list either.


over 2 years ago Foodiewithalife

Rice pudding takes me back to childhood - I don't know how many times we had it growing up, certainly not enough. It's one of those dishes thats begins with humble ingredients and blooms into a grounding soul warming meal.