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Coconut Fried Rice Recipe

Nigerian Coconut Fried Rice is a delicious and popular dish that is commonly enjoyed in Nigeria and other parts of West Africa. This dish is typically made with long-grain rice that is fried with a variety of vegetables, spices, and coconut milk. It's a perfect balance of savory, slightly sweet, and slightly spicy flavors that is sure to impress your taste buds.


  • 2 cups of long-grain rice

  • 1 can of coconut milk (13.5 oz)

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • 1 green bell pepper, diced

  • 1 cup of green peas

  • 1 tablespoon of curry powder

  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper (optional)


  • Large pot with lid

  • Wooden spoon

  • Cutting board

  • Chef's knife


  1. Rinse the rice in cold water until the water runs clear. Then soak the rice in water for about 15 minutes.

  2. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion, garlic, and bell peppers and cook for about 3 minutes until the onions are translucent.

  3. Add the curry powder, dried thyme, and dried basil and stir to combine. Cook for about 1 minute until fragrant.

  4. Drain the rice and add it to the pot with the vegetables. Stir to combine and coat the rice with the spices.

  5. Add the can of coconut milk and enough water to just cover the rice. Stir to combine and bring to a boil.

  6. Once the water has come to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot with a lid, and let the rice simmer for about 20 minutes.

  7. After 20 minutes, check the rice to make sure it's fully cooked. If it's still a little firm, add a splash of water and let it cook for another 5 minutes.

  8. Add the green peas and stir to combine. Cook for an additional 5 minutes until the peas are tender.

  9. If you want a little extra heat, add a scotch bonnet pepper to the pot and let it cook for a few minutes. Remove the pepper before serving.

  10. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.

Calories Intake:

  • This recipe serves 4 people and has approximately 480 calories per serving.

Allergy Concerns:

  • This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free. However, if you have any other allergies, please check the ingredients carefully before preparing the dish.

Spicy Level:

  • This recipe is mildly spicy. If you prefer a spicier dish, add more curry powder and/or use a spicier pepper.

Healthy Alternatives:

  • To make this dish a little healthier, you can use brown rice instead of white rice. You can also use less coconut milk or use a low-fat version to reduce the fat content.

Amazon Links:

  • Here are the links to some of the ingredients and equipment you may need to make this recipe:

  1. Coconut milk -

  2. Curry powder -

  3. Dried thyme -

  4. Dried basil -

  5. Vegetable oil -

Kitchen Equipment:

  • Large pot with lid -

  • Wooden spoon -

  • Cutting board -

  • Chef's knife -

We hope you enjoy making and eating this delicious Nigerian Coconut Fried Rice!

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