Coconut Fried Rice

how to cook nigerian coconut fried rice

So I finally cooked coconut fried rice for the blog. About time hey! Making coconut fried rice is very easy but if care is not taken, you can easily overpower the delicate flavour of the coconut like I mentioned in my previous coconut rice post. Anytime I cook coconut fried rice, I make sure I go easy on the amount of curry I use and I also make sure I cook my rice in the coconut milk first. If you would be trying this recipe with basmati rice, I’ll advice you read the cooking instructions on the packet and adapt it to this recipe accordingly.

I’m saying this because rice cooks differently and if it is a brand you are used to, you should be aware of how well it cooks.  Also for this recipe, I didn’t go full on with the addition of vegetables as I didn’t want it stealing the show from the rice. Lol

You can also choose to go with homemade coconut milk for this recipe or you can use shop bought. Homemade do taste better though. Lol

Right, who would be cooking some coconut fried rice this week? Come along then and let’s cook.

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What you will need

21/2 cups of rice (I used 400g tin to measure)

400g homemade or shop bought coconut milk

Chicken stock

Mixed vegetables

Green and red chillies, sliced (substitute with red and green bell peppers)

Liver, boiled, cubed and fried (sorry I forget to measure the amount I used but I only used a little)

150g sweet corn

1levelled tbsp curry powder

1tsp thyme

1-2.5C. spoon of vegetable oil (use less if you are you using chicken stock that already contains oil)


Seasoning (chicken seasoning preferably)

Spring onions

1tsp parsley (optional)

1 medium sized onions, chopped


Wash rice till water runs clean and set aside

Place a pan on a medium heat, add the coconut milk and rice (if the coconut water is not enough, add water to it and make sure the water is covering the rice just a little bit, about a inch higher than the rice) reduce the heat, and bring the rice to boil for about 8-10 minutes.

Add 1tsp of curry, thyme, parsley, seasoning, little salt and some of the chicken stock. Mix everything together till well combined.

nigerian fried rice

Reduce the heat and cook rice till about 90-95% tender. (At this point, you can choose to add 1Cspn of vegetable oil to the rice but if you feel the oil from the stock would be enough, don’t add the vegetable oil)

Check in between, add water/stock if needed and don’t forget to check for salt and seasoning

Once the rice is cooked, add the chopped peppers to the rice and stir in to combine. Take the rice off the heat and set aside

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On a separate pan/wok

Add 2tbs vegetable oil and heat for about 2 minutes, add mixed vegetables and chopped onions and stir fry till onions becomes translucent. This should be between 3-5 minutes. Add a pinch of curry, thyme and seasoning to the vegetables and stir together. Add fried livers and stir fry for another minute. Add sweet corn, stir together to combine and take it off the heat.

how to cook coconut nigerian fried rice

Place the almost cooked coconut rice back on a medium heat, add the stir fried vegetables and combine together. (You can use a wooden ladle for this job as it makes the job faster) at this stage of the cooking, you shouldn’t need to add water/stock to the rice.  The remaining steam in the rice will do the job. Take the rice off the heat and serve with some lovely protein of choice. I love my chicken as you know with some fried plantain.

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how to make nigerian coconut fried rice

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  1. This looks so yummy! Can’t wait to try it out!

  2. This really nice and its different method to the once I have seen or cooked before. bookmarked!

  3. I’m so going to be trying this. thanks for the yummy recipe

  4. This looks really yummy! I don’t like liver so I would probably swap it with chicken.. but otherwise it seems like fun and different recipe!

    • Thanks Liz for stopping by, the addition of chicken sound really fun and I might be trying it out too soon. In between, your blog is just the right medicine for me right now. lol

  5. This will definitely be ideal for the new year. Thanks for posting this.

  6. for a bachelor like myself. i tried it and it was easy and very delicious… thanks myactivekitchen

  7. Wow….cool m gon try it out soon

  8. Jasmine west

    Waw can’t wait
    To try this meal

  9. Comfort Ibe


    • Hi Comfort, good to have you here and I hope you have subscribed to the blog for notifications? Thank you so much for stopping by and please do come back for more yummy recipes


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