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Hawaiian Style Spanish Rice Recipe

Updated on February 14, 2013
Hawaiian Style Spanish Rice plated with wasabi salmon - this is a very rich combo, but... you only live once.
Hawaiian Style Spanish Rice plated with wasabi salmon - this is a very rich combo, but... you only live once. | Source

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Okay, I must admit, I was just like you - What?! Hawaiian Spanish Rice??? This is flying by the seat of the pants cooking at it's finest. You will be very surprised with the results. Yes, this one was a risky mix, but what the heck - we need to take more risks in the kitchen, right? I've taken the liberty to use the fire roasted tomatoes to bring a little excitement to the whole fusion, and it really worked out well.

Please read up on the instructions when it comes to boiling the coconut milk since it is totally different from how the usual water additive to these packets result. I used the freedom and ease of the packet style convenience because if it didn't work out, I didn't want to make Spanish rice from scratch.

I am happy to report that it all worked out in the end, and now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to eat it. Peace. Kawi.


Cook Time

Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: Use as a staple to support main dishes


  • 1 packet Spanish rice mix, Your favorite mix
  • 14.5oz Diced tomatoes, I used fire roasted
  • 1-1/2 cups Coconut milk, Coconut milk replaces water
  • 1 Tblspn Butter or margarine
mixing all ingredients before bringing to a boil
mixing all ingredients before bringing to a boil | Source

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  1. Mix coconut milk, diced tomatoes (undrained), butter, and spanish rice mix into a pan.
  2. Use medium-high heat to bring your pot of mixed ingredients to a boil. But be very careful, you are not using water, and normally you would bring your mix to a boil before turning heat down to simmer, With coconut milk, the texture is much different from water, and it also boils differently. Instead of a rolling boil, the coconut milk will simmer on the outside edges. This is a boil.
  3. Once your ingredients reaches a boil, turn down the heat and let simmer for 25 minutes or until most of the coconut milk is absorbed and rice is tender. While the rice is simmering, don't be afraid to move the rice around to make sure it is cooking alright. Coconut milk is very different, so sometimes all the moisture rises to the top, and it looks overly soupy, but if you mix it you'll find that below the top, the rice may be dry. Move the rice around to ensure an even spread of moisture.
  4. Remove from heat and let your Hawaiian Style Spanish Rice recipe stand for 5 minutes. Fluff it up with a fork before serving.
Coming towards the end of the cooking time.
Coming towards the end of the cooking time. | Source

What is Coconut Milk?

Coconut milk is a very popular cooking aid, and should not be confused by the actual 'milk' that they produce that are available in the dairy section of your grocery store. Rather, the coconut milk that I (and most other recipes) will refer to the coconut milk found in your store's freezers, or on the shelf as a canned good.

Coconut milk is used in several dishes from Polynesian, Micronesian, and Asian styles of cooking. The milk is used in cooking with fish and other sea creatures, but also with green bananas, taro, breadfruit and several other vegetarian dishes.

Coconut milk is made by shaving the insides of the coconut shells where all the coconut meat is. It is graded into very small shavings that is then squeezed dry of it's juices. The juice from the coconut is white, and very milk-like, hence the name became coconut milk and not juice.

If you taste the raw form of coconut milk, it is not very flavorful or impressive at all, but the second you put heat to it, a whole different set of possibilities opens up. It can be subtle in it's taste, or it can pull the whole dish together. With coconut milk and it's many possibilities, I don't think I'm quite done with coconut milk and other recipes. Peace. Kawi.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup prepared
Calories 270
Calories from Fat81
% Daily Value *
Fat 9 g14%
Saturated fat 8 g40%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 43 g14%
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 5 g10%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 520 mg22%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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    • KawikaChann profile imageAUTHOR

      Kawika Chann 

      5 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      Thanks for your comment careermommy; yes, this is one of my favorite recipes. Peace. Kawi.

    • KawikaChann profile imageAUTHOR

      Kawika Chann 

      5 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      Hi Au fait, I had fun with this one, it is a very original recipe - fusion at it's finest. I hope you enjoy it - I just picked up the ingredients to make it this weekend. Peace. Kawi.

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      Tirralan Watkins 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Wow, this recipe looks awesome. Yes, I agree, very rich, but every once in a while it's okay. (-:

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      This recipe sounds wonderful, and easy and fast too! My kind of recipe -- it gets you out of the kitchen quick and you have a delicious meal too. Voted up, useful, and will share.

    • KawikaChann profile imageAUTHOR

      Kawika Chann 

      5 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      Thanks for your comment prokidwriter, I think you'll like it, coconut milk brings an interesting mix to your taste sensors. Even for folks that have never cooked with it, it offers a different taste that is not at all hard to swallow. Peace. Kawi.

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      KA Hanna 

      5 years ago from America's Finest City

      I'm always looking for new recipes using coconut milk., I will definitely try this one!

    • KawikaChann profile imageAUTHOR

      Kawika Chann 

      5 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      Lol. Howszit, I was surprised with this one, and it was a risk but, whoa, bra, was some ono - but careful not to overdo it when you grind because if you not used to the richness of coconut milk, you going have 'da walks'. lol. Mahalo for the comment, aloha no. Kawi.

    • CarNoobz profile image


      5 years ago from USA

      What?! Okay, you had me at coconut milk. But my wife wouldn't like it because of that.

      Wait. That just means more for me. =P

      That wasabi salmon looks super ono too!

    • KawikaChann profile imageAUTHOR

      Kawika Chann 

      5 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      Awesome, thanks for your comment aviannovice. Yes, cooking with coconut milk is very different. Peace. Kawi.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Excellent! Keep those recipes coming. I adore new cuisines and everything that you have shown thus far is definitely something that I will enjoy.

    • KawikaChann profile imageAUTHOR

      Kawika Chann 

      5 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      Yup yup. I really like this one, but you must be careful not to scorch the coconut milk, keeping the heat at med to med-hi should be suffice to get the job done... just if you see the edges simmering hard, that the heat is too high. Peace. Kawi.

    • sarahshuihan profile image


      5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the advice about coconut milk, I never knew that!


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