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Oolong Tea Rice with Ginger, Coconut, & Lime Recipe


The smoky and aromatic flavor of Oolong tea pairs well with the sweet coconut and tart lime in the pilaf. Feel free to add in almonds, raisins, cranberries or chopped apple to the dish.


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons loose oolong tea, or 1 tea bag 
  • 2 tablespoons dry desiccated coconut
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Kosher or sea salt, to taste


Heat oil in a medium pot with a tight-fitting lid over medium-high heat. Add garlic and ginger and sauté for 1 minute to release flavors. Add rice and sauté to coat for an additional minute.

Add water, bring to boil. Add tea and cover pot. Simmer slowly for 10 minutes covered. Remove tea bag and cover the pot. Continue to simmer for 10-15 more minutes until all the liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.

Add coconut, lime, and season to taste with salt.