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Thai Cashew Coconut Rice with Ginger Peanut Sauce

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  • Author: Morgan
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 1x


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For the Coconut Rice:

  • 1 1/2 cups dry jasmine rice
  • 1 (15 oz) can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water

For the Salad:

  • 2 red bell peppers, finely chopped
  • 1 (8 ounce) bag shredded red cabbage
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3/4 cup green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cashews, finely chopped

For the Ginger Peanut Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Water to thin
  • Lime wedges


  1. Rinse the dry rice well until the water runs clear.
  2. In a medium-sized pot, mix together the rice, coconut milk, garlic, salt, and water. Bring to a boil.
  3. Once the pot reaches a rolling boil, cover, reduce heat to low, and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. After 15 minutes, turn off heat and let sit (with lid on) for an additional 10 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed.
  5. As you wait for the rice, make the peanut sauce.
  6. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, combine the peanut butter and honey. Microwave for 15 seconds, or until the peanut butter thins. Stir well. Add the ginger, rice vinegar, and sesame oil. Stir again. Thin as desired with water.
  7. Fluff the rice and combine it with the chopped vegetables and cashews (I reserve a few whole cashews to garnish with, but it's not necessary). Drizzle with a bit of the Ginger Peanut Sauce and taste-- you might not need to use all of it. Serve with lime wedges.


If you’d like to add meat, toss in some shredded rotisserie chicken.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins