Crispy Coconut-Scallion Rice

October 5, 2019
Comfort Food, Fall, Winter, Dinner, Lunch

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Crispy Coconut-Scallion Rice
Serves 4

2 cups unsweetened full-fat canned coconut milk
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups Carolina long-grain rice
½ cup thinly sliced scallions, plus more for garnish
¼ cup canola oil

1. Combine the coconut milk, 2 teaspoons salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, and 2 cups water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in the rice and bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender, about 18 minutes.

2. Remove the pan from the heat and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork. Spread the rice in an even layer over a large baking sheet and let cool completely, about 30minutes. The rice can be made up to 24 hours in advance; store it on the baking sheet, covered with plastic wrap, in the refrigerator.

3. Combine the rice and scallions in a large bowl. Heat the oil in a large cast-iron or nonstick pan over high heat until it begins to shimmer. Add the rice and, using a heavy-duty metal spatula, immediately press the rice down into the pan until the top is flat. Cook, without stirring, until the bottom becomes golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes (start checking at 4 minutes, making sure not to burn it). Turn the rice over and press down firmly on the top again. Cook until the bottom is golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes more. Transfer to a platter, sprinkle with more scallions, and serve.