Bobby Flay’s Coconut-Cashew Basmati Rice recipe

Bobby Flay's Coconut-Cashew Basmati Rice
Bobby Flay’s Coconut-Cashew Basmati Rice

This is the recipe for Chef Bobby Flay‘s Coconut-Cashew Basmati Rice.  It is every bit as delicious as it looks.

Ingredients for Bobby Flay’s Coconut-Cashew Basmati Rice

  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cups basmati rice, rinsed several times in cold water and drained well
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup cashews, roasted
  • 1 can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2.25 cups water
  • 1 cup thinly sliced green onion (about 5)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut

Simple Directions

Heat oil in a medium saucepan. Add onion, garlic, and ginger, and cook until soft. Add the drained rice, salt, and pepper and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.

Add the coconut milk and water and bring to a simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes. When the rice is cooked, remove from the pot and fold in the green onion, and coconut and garnish with the toasted cashews.

There are many adaptions that you can make to Bobby Flay’s Coconut-Cashew Basmati Rice – my favorite is still the original way that he prepared it.

Tips When Working With Rice

  1. Rinse before cooking: Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear to remove excess starch, which can make the rice sticky.
  2. Fluff with a fork: After the rice is cooked, gently fluff it with a fork to separate the grains and release excess steam.
  3. Try different cooking methods: Besides traditional stovetop cooking, you can also cook rice in a rice cooker, Instant Pot, or even in the oven for different textures and flavors.


Who is Chef Bobby Flay?

Bobby is a renowned culinary figure, is celebrated for his expertise in contemporary American cuisine. With a career spanning decades, he’s not only a chef but also a restaurateur, cookbook author, and television personality. Flay’s culinary journey began at a young age, honing his skills in various kitchens, eventually earning critical acclaim for his innovative cooking style. He’s a familiar face on cooking shows like “Iron Chef America” and “Beat Bobby Flay,” where he showcases his culinary prowess. Through his restaurants, cookbooks, and television appearances, Chef Flay continues to inspire aspiring chefs and food enthusiasts worldwide.

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