Thai Coconut Rice with Lime and Coriander Prawns

Delicately flavored Thai rice goes perfectly with tiger prawns, coriander and chilli for this fast, exotic dish.

Thai Coconut Rice with Lime and Coriander Prawn Stir Fry
Lightly steamed vegetables are all you need to make this stir fry a meal.

Delicately Flavored Thai rice goes perfectly with tiger prawns, coriander and chilli for this fast, exotic dish.

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”10 min” cook_time=”20 min” serves=”4″ details=”” ]

[ingredients-list title=”Ingredients” serving_size=””]

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large shallot or small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 large red chilli, seeded and sliced
  • 350g Thai fragrant rice or long-grain rice
  • 2 1/2 cups hot vegetable or chicken stock, made with stock cubes


  • 3/4 cup coconut cream
  • 1?2 cucumber, halved lengthways and sliced
  • 1 lb raw, peeled tiger prawns
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp sprigs of fresh coriander
  • lime wedges, to serve


[step-list-wrapper title=”How to make it” time=”30 minutes”]

[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large nonstick pan. Add the shallot or onion, garlic and chilli, and cook for 3 minutes or until softened. Stir in the rice, stock and coconut cream. Season lightly.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Bring the rice mixture to the boil. Stir once, then lower the heat to a gentle simmer. Cover and cook for 10 minutes without lifting the lid, or according to the pack instructions. The liquid should have been absorbed and small steam holes should have appeared. If necessary, cover and cook the rice mixture for a further 2 minutes. Add the cucumber slices and cook, covered, for a further minute, then remove the pan from the heat and leave for 5 minutes.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ]While the rice is standing, heat the remaining oil in a wok or large pan and stir-fry the prawns for 3 minutes or until they turn pink. Stir in the cumin and cook for a few seconds, then add the lime juice.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”4″ image_url=”” title=”” ] Reserve a few whole coriander sprigs and roughly chop the remainder (including the stalks). Add to the prawns and stir. Divide the rice among four plates and top with the prawns. Garnish with the coriander sprigs and serve with the lime wedges.[/step-item][/step-list-wrapper]

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest