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What To Serve With Coconut Rice – 21 BEST Side Dishes

If you’re wondering what to serve with your coconut rice, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 21 of the most popular side dishes for coconut rice.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best dishes to serve with coconut rice are spicy grilled shrimp, Thai chicken satay skewers, blackened salmon, and jerk meatballs in a coconut curry sauce. Try tofu teriyaki, mango salsa, or a warm curry roasted vegetable salad for meatless options.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Spicy grilled shrimp

Grilling is one of my favorite ways to cook shrimp. 

It infuses the shrimp with a delectable smoky flavor you can’t get with any other cooking method. 

And to make the shrimp even tastier, they’re soaked in a chili marinade which keeps them juicy and adds a fiery kick that gets mellowed out by your coconut rice. 

Why we love this recipe: it requires minimal effort but yields tasty results.

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Thai chicken satay skewers

Take some inspiration from Thai cuisine and serve your coconut rice with chicken satay

This classic Thai dish features tender pieces of chicken packed with a delicious zesty flavor, thanks to the lemongrass, ginger, and fish sauce marinade. 

These skewers are fantastic on their own, but dipping them in the sweet-savory Thai peanut sauce takes them to another level/

Why we love this recipe: it tastes like it’s come straight out of an authentic Thai restaurant.

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Blackened salmon

Make your midweek dinners more enjoyable with this blackened salmon recipe. 

Blackened seasoning is a popular seasoning mix used in Cajun cooking not only for its spicy, herbal flavor, but also to give meats and fish a characteristic dark crust. 

It’s the perfect pair for sweet coconut rice.

Why we love this recipe: it’s healthy and you can have it on the table in just 15 minutes.

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Mango salsa

This vibrant mango salsa just screams summer. 

It’s not a full side on its own – but it’s an excellent addition to a coconut rice bowl with some grilled meat or fish.

It will really brighten up your dinner!

Why we love this recipe: it boasts a 4.9 rating from 185 reviews.

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Warm curry roasted vegetable salad

If you’re in the mood for a meat-free meal, you can’t go wrong with this warm curry veggie salad. 

There are no hard rules over what veggies to use. 

Cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and butternut squash aren’t listed in the ingredients, but they’ll all go great with this recipe.

Why we love this recipe: the leftovers will still taste great the next day.

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Tofu teriyaki

Craving teriyaki? Skip ordering takeout and make it at home.

It’s easy and will taste SO much better.

Putting your teriyaki sauce together from scratch gives you complete control over how sweet or salty you want it to be. 

Complete your “fake-out” meal with some coconut rice and steamed veggies. YUM!

Why we love this recipe: it’s vegan-friendly (but will work with chicken too).

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Jerk meatballs in coconut curry sauce

This dish boasts huge, juicy pork meatballs brimming with smoky and fiery flavors, thanks to the jerk seasoning. 

Serve the curry over a bed of coconut rice and wait for your starchy base to soak up all the wonderful flavors, filling each bite with flavor. 

Why we love this recipe: it’ll transport you straight to a tropical island.

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The best side dishes to serve with coconut rice

  • Spicy grilled shrimp
  • Thai chicken satay skewers
  • Blackened salmon
  • Mango salsa
  • Warm curry roasted vegetable salad
  • Tofu teriyaki
  • Jerk meatballs in coconut curry sauce

What To Serve With Coconut Rice

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your coconut rice.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Jamaican
Keyword: coconut rice side dishes, what to serve with coconut rice
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 184kcal


  • 1 portion coconut rice


  • Prepare your coconut rice according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: spicy grilled shrimp, thai chicken satay skewers, blackened salmon, mango salsa, warm curry roasted vegetable salad, tofu teriyaki, and jerk meatballs in coconut curry sauce.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 184kcal

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