My first name for this Savory Coconut Sticky Rice recipe was “Sticky Coconut Rice with Scallions Goodness and Light.” That was not the greatest name, but it definitely conveys how much I love, love, LOVE this rice that’s a little creamy, savory, a touch sweet, and all around glorious.

a bowl of Coconut Sticky Rice in a blue bowl with scallions as garnish.

Why You’ll Love Sticky Coconut Rice

Why is it amazing? Well, first of all, the taste is shockingly, like, almost transcendent. I mean, I know us food bloggers like to say “YOU GUYS BEST THING EVER!!!” about every single thing, but seriously.

It’s a little creamy, a lot sticky, slightly sweet, but definitely savory. It’s coconutty without being overtly so.

It goes equally well with Thai cuisine, Chinese, or Caribbean-inspired fare like this fab Black Bean & Mango Chili. So good! I also think it would be delicious with this Red Lentil Curry, or this Summery Chickpea Curry, or maybe even a rice and beans situation with these Coconut Curry Baked Beans?!

Sticky coconut rice cooking up in a pan.

What else is so great about this stuff? It only takes 20 minutes, most of which is hands-off. And the number of ingredients? Five. If we don’t count the water. Four if we don’t count the salt.

Here’s the exact list of ingredients …


A bowl of coconut sticky rice.

We’ve got:

  • Rice – I like to use white jasmine rice for this recipe.
  • Scallions
  • Pure maple syrup or sugar – only a little, for just a touch of sweetness.
  • Coconut milk – lite works great, full fat is fine too.
  • Salt & pepper

Can you hear the magical tune as the sun turns its angelic rays toward this magical marvel full of goodness and light?!


A bowl of coconut sticky rice in a blow bowl on a green plate.

I know, I know. Too far. In that case, please scroll a bit more for the full, printable recipe.

Sticky Coconut Rice with Scallions and Goodness and Light - an easy vegan rice recipe that everyone will love. Only 20 minutes and 5 ingredients to make.
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Savory Coconut Sticky Rice

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Author: Kare
Yield: 4
A savory (and vegan!) side guaranteed to appeal to the masses. 20 minutes! 5 ingredients! Gloriousness!


  • 1 14.5-ounce can lite coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (can substitute granulated sugar)
  • 1/3 cup scallions (white and pale green parts only, chopped, plus 2 tablespoons sliced green parts for garnish)
  • 2 cups white jasmine rice (rinsed)


  • Set a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the coconut milk, water, salt, and maple syrup. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once boiling, add the scallions and slowly pour in the rice. Stir to combine. As soon as it returns to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer, uncovering to stir occasionally then re-covering, until most of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender, 8-10 minutes.
  • Top with remaining scallions and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 354kcal, Carbohydrates: 78g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 0.2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Sodium: 299mg, Potassium: 141mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 83IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 38mg, Iron: 1mg

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