Coconut Curried Fried Rice

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I’m all about some one-pot/one-pan meals. Reason number #1 – less dishes to clean. I really, really dislike doing dishes, although I guess that’s a pretty obvious thing to say. If you’re a weird person who likes doing dishes, we probably don’t get along.

Actually…if you like doing dishes then maybe we should be best friends. As in, the kind of best friends that will drop by unexpectedly do nice things for each other. How about, I cook dinner in your kitchen and you come clean my dishes? Deal? Deal.

However, until my perfect new best friend starts popping by, I’m going to stick with my one-pot meals. Like this coconut curried fried rice. Okay, technically this is 2 pot/pan meal, since you have to make the rice separately. Buuuuttt… you can make the rice the night before, so you’ll only have one pan per day. It works for me. Chase and I get to eat big bowls of hearty fried rice, and then we just clean out one pan when we’re all done. This leaves plenty of time for other things, like playing Super Mario Wii, or watching American Idol, or other life-enriching activities.

Coconut Curried Fried Rice

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Adapted from the Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home cookbook

This recipe works great with any cooked rice. It’s the perfect way to use up leftover rice from anther meal. It must be said though that the coconut rice is pretty heavenly.

For the coconut rice:

1 1/4 cups water

1 cup basmati or jasmine rice

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 piece cinnamon stick

1/4 cup raisins

Combine all ingredients in a rice cooker and cook. Remove the cinnamon stick and either use immediately or you can refrigerate for a few days until you’re ready to make the fried rice.

For the curry fried rice:

1/4 cup vegetable oil

3 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 tablespoon red Thai curry paste

1 medium carrot, peeled and diced

3/4 cup frozen peas

1 tablespoons soy sauce

1 teaspoons fresh lime juice

Have all of your ingredients prepared and nearby before you begin to cook. (the rice should be ready at this point). Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet or wok. Add the eggs and cook on medium-high heat. When the edges of the eggs begin to set, gently flip them over (you can also scramble if that’s easier. Once the eggs are completely cooked, remove from the pan and cut into pieces or strips. Wipe the wok clean with a paper towel.

Heat the rest of the olive oil on medium heat. Add in the carrot and cook for 1 minute, then add the garlic and curry paste and cook for a minute more, stirring constantly to begin scorching. Add the rice and peas and cook until heated through. Stir in the egg strips, soy sauce and lime or lemon juice.

You can add a little more soy sauce to taste if you wish. Now just pour into bowls an enjoy!

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen of My Tiny Oven April 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm

This looks amazing! Can’t wait to give it a try.
I am with you on the 1 pot meals! I do not have a dishwasher so the less dishes the better!


robin April 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I love this meal! Never thought to add raisins though – very cool!


Heidi @ Food Doodles April 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Yummy! I love one pot meals too! Or at least 2 is better than 3 or 4 or 5. I’d much rather throw a bunch of things in a pot and eat it in a bowl just like that. I’m saving this recipe for later :D


DessertForTwo April 5, 2011 at 3:03 pm

I have been looking for a fried rice dish that is straight-forward and doesn’t use too many funky ingredients. This is it! Thanks for sharing!!


Tyla April 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm

I love that rice recipe from Moosewood! This is a great way to use it.


Jessica @ How Sweet April 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm

This is perfect to fuel my obsession with jasmine rice. Making it!


EatLiveRun April 5, 2011 at 3:28 pm

sounds heavenly! Love the addition of coconut!


Valerie @life4mebyme April 5, 2011 at 3:44 pm

That looks so delish! I love rice and all things that go with rice.


Joanne April 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm

I’m totally one of those weird people. I think washing dishes is kind of soothing. In strange, my-mother-probably-didn’t-hug-me-enough kind of way. You’ll come over and cook this, I’ll clean up the two bowls…it’ll be a match made in heaven.


Caroline April 7, 2011 at 9:25 am

Joanne – I am totally down with this idea :) Let’s be friends!


Anja April 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Fried Rice – Nintendo WII – American Idol…. Can I just say that you are totally my speed :))


Caroline April 7, 2011 at 9:25 am
Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 5, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I have a few rice + coconut milk recipes that I made. I love the looks of yours!


Nadette@Eat, Read, Rant! April 5, 2011 at 5:39 pm

this looks really yummy, you really woked it out! (I had to say it, lol).


Caroline April 7, 2011 at 9:26 am



bianca April 5, 2011 at 6:58 pm

I, too, am a huge fan of one pot meals; that way when I leave the dish for 2 days, it doesnt take up too much room! Watching television, unlike dishes, is the most enriching activity of all!


Betty @ scrambled hen fruit April 5, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I love a one-pot meal because I hate to wash dishes! This looks delicious. :)


Kat April 5, 2011 at 7:49 pm

I’ve had a huge craving for fried rice lately. This looks great. I’d definitely want to make it with the coconut rice, too. Yummy!


miyabi ross April 5, 2011 at 11:36 pm

I would love to have this in my kitchen. Now all I need are interlocking cutting boards and length-adjustable knives. the future is now! :D


Natalja April 6, 2011 at 3:11 am

Oh, I must go to buy coconut milk!


Becky April 6, 2011 at 8:06 am

YUM! I’ll be your dishwashing friend if it means I can eat lots of this rice! :)


Nastassia April 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm

yum! love coconut anything and have some coconut milk in the pantry dinner here i come! thanks for sharing!


Foodiebia April 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm

This looks delicious. I hate washing dishes too, but luckily my husband has agreed to do them whenever I cook dinner. Winning!


The Newlywed Chefs April 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Well hello delicious! Thanks for posting this one- looks awesome!


Tami Anderson April 6, 2011 at 11:36 pm

I just made this for dinner and OMG its amazing! I didnt have raisins so I used dried cranberries. I love your blog! Its so delicious!


Caroline April 7, 2011 at 9:26 am

oooo I’ll bet cranberries would be delish! I’m trying that next time!


naomi April 7, 2011 at 6:36 am

I make slap-dash fried rice all the time and never once thought of making it curry style. how silly of me! this looks totally delicious.


Katrina April 7, 2011 at 10:19 am

I LOVE this recipe. Anything with coconut mlk makes me happy!


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lynn @ the actor's diet April 16, 2011 at 8:55 am

sounds delicious – am bookmarking this recipe. i looooove coconut!


Jeanette April 16, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Wow, the flavors in this fried rice sound amazing. Definitely making this!


Kat April 20, 2011 at 10:37 am

Ugh. I cannot find coconut milk for the life of me! Guess I’ll have to go with traditional rice. :(


Nicole May 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I’ve been following you girls for a while, this is my first comment, hello! :)

This looks just delightful. I can’t wait to make this asap.I only recently found a true love with curry – it was a life changer, for sure!


Melanie October 23, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Mmmm I really want to make this, how do you make the rice if you don’t have a rice cooker? x


Penelope January 10, 2013 at 10:23 am

I made this last night and it was a huge hit! Very delicious and easy to make! =)


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