This creamy Lemon Rice is bright, healthy, and super easy to make! The perfect side dish with fish, chicken, Greek food, Indian food, and more!
Prep Time: 5mins
Cook Time: 55mins
Total Time: 1hr
Servings: 6servings, about 3 cups
1 3/4cupscoconut water - plus a few additional tablespoons as needed (or swap unsalted vegetable or chicken broth or stock, though I highly recommend trying the coconut water version at least once!)
1/4teaspoonkosher salt - plus additional to taste
Zest and juice of 1 medium lemon - about 1/4 cup juice
2tablespoonsminced Italian parsley - or any herbs you love*
Rinse and drain the rice. Combine the rice, coconut water, salt, and coconut oil in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
Cover with a tight-fitting lid, reduce the heat to a low simmer, and cook for 45 minutes. Check a few times, especially towards the end as the rice cooks. If at any point it looks like it is becoming dry or sticking, splash in additional coconut water as needed.
Remove from the heat. Add the lemon zest and lemon juice and then fluff with a fork to combine. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Stir in the parsley. Enjoy warm.
*Feel free to change this recipe up with any herbs you love or have on hand, or simply omit them. I like parsley, dill, or thyme with Greek recipes and fish or shrimp. Cilantro and/or mint is delicious for Thai or Indian recipes.
TO STORE: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator.
TO MAKE IN THE INSTANT POT: Use 1 cup rice and 1 1/4 cups coconut water; cook on HIGH pressure for 22 minutes, then let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes. Add the lemon juice and zest after it finishes cooking. Rest the lid back on the Instant Pot and let it sit a few minutes for the juice to absorb and the flavors to marry.
TO MAKE IN A RICE COOKER: Refer to your machine’s directions. Add the lemon juice and zest at the end.