Mixed Seafood Coconut Fried Rice

January 25, 2020 (Last Updated: March 13, 2020)

In this delicious mixed seafood coconut fried rice recipe I’ll be showing how to cook coconut fried rice with a seafood medley of fresh crab meat, shrimp and calamari, using fresh homemade coconut milk!

overhead shot of Nigerian coconut fried rice in wok

I am a coastal girl. I grew up close to fishermans’ markets, and they always had their fresh catch for sale everyday. While there was no lack of customers looking to buy the fresh seafood on offer, there were usually leftovers from the day’s catch. Typically, leftover seafood is smoked and dried to prolong its shelf life, and is later sold to use in local stews and soups. Sometimes however, fishermen just ate the leftover catch of the day, utilizing their catch to create a seafood mix of local dishes, especially if there was an abundance of smoked or dried seafood. This mixed seafood coconut fried rice is a dish also locally known as fisherman’s rice and a rendition of one of the delicious meals that could be made with the daily leftover catch. In this delicious recipe I’ll be showing how to cook coconut fried rice with a seafood medley featuring a mix of fresh crab meat, shrimp and calamari, using fresh homemade coconut milk!

Where to Buy Fresh Seafood

I sourced all the ingredients used in this coconut fried rice and seafood medley locally, so if possible, I recommend getting the ingredients fresh from around your neighborhood. This mixed seafood coconut fried rice is made more delicious because of the fresh seafood that gives it that extra oomph! If you live in the US, fresh seafood is usually available at your local fishmonger or large Asian markets, which is where I buy my fresh seafood. Where I grew up, there was also a lot of seafood available for sale in the night fish markets.

While I used a few locally available ingredients (specifically  fresh crab meat, shrimp and calamari) for my seafood mix, please feel free to experiment and get creative! This is a seafood medley so go ahead and toss some scallops, oysters or any other local shellfish you fancy. Thankfully, I still live close to a coast so I can find affordable fresh seafood near me, which has been such a blessing. I cannot imagine my kitchen without the access to fresh seafood like I had growing up. Furthermore, crab season is almost upon us, so I am really looking forward to cooking a bunch of crab this  summer.

side shot of mixed seafood coconut fried rice in skillet

Since I wanted the coconut fried rice and seafood medley to use only the freshest of ingredients, I decided to make even the coconut milk from scratch using fresh coconuts.  It was surprisingly easy and tastes so much better than the canned version, but feel free to use the canned version if you wish. It won’t take away from the exquisite taste of this recipe. However, if you want to try making your own homemade coconut milk, check out my tips for making the best coconut milk from scratch . You’ll probably never buy coconut milk from a can again!

How to Cook Coconut Fried Rice with Mixed Seafood

Main Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups of Jasmine Rice
  • 2 cups coconut milk fresh if possible or canned if not
  • 8 oz crab meat
  • 270 g / 0.5 lb large deveined and shelled shrimp
  • 450 g/ 1 lb cleaned calamari
  • 3 shallots/ 1 red onion sliced
  • 4 stalks of green onions
  • 1 small or half of a large orange bell pepper, sliced (you may substitute with any color bell pepper you choose)
  • 2 tsp shrimp bouillon
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 small handful of clove basil aka scent leaves/ Thai basil
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • Salt to taste

Pre-cook the Rice

In a medium size pot, on medium heat, boil the jasmine rice in the coconut milk with a teaspoon of salt and a stick of lemon grass.

The rice should be just short of being done before it is taken off the heat.

Set the boiled rice aside and allow to cool completely before moving on to the other steps.

coconut milk cooking in a pot

Prepare and Saute the Seafood Mix

In a wok or a large pan, heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and saute in the onions, shrimp and calamari.

Once the calamari and shrimp are just cooked (about 5 minutes), take them out of the wok or pan and set aside.

fresh seafood mix of crab meat, calamari and shrimp on a plate
Sauteing the onions, with seafood mix in pot

Stir-fry the Seafood Mix and Coconut Fried Rice

Add in another tablespoon of coconut oil, turn the heat up to high

Toss in the bell pepper slices and the cooked and cooled jasmine rice (take out the lemon grass stalk and discard at this stage).

sauteing the red bell peppers in wok

Stir fry the rice and peppers over high heat for about 5 minutes, then add in the bullion and white pepper and continue to stir fry for another 10 minutes.

Stir frying the rice and peppers in wok

Toss in the cooked seafood mix of shrimp, calamari and shallots, crab meat, green onions, basil.

stir frying the seafood mix with coconut fried rice

Add lime leaf. Stir and taste for salt.

adding green onions, basil and lime leaf to stir fry

Adjust the seasoning to your taste if needed, then continue to stir fry for no more than two more minutes still on high heat.
Take the rice off the heat and serve hot.

close up shot of fixed seafood coconut fried rice in a wok

I am seriously proud of how well my recipe turned out (I think the pictures capture it pretty well too)! Now that you know how to cook coconut fried rice with seafood, go ahead and try it at home and feel free to let me know how it turned out or ask me any questions. I’ll answer right away!!!!

Mixed seafood coconut fried rice  served in plate with fork
overhead shot of Nigerian coconut fried rice in wok
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5 from 11 votes

Mixed Seafood Coconut Fried Rice Recipe

In this delicious mixed seafood coconut fried rice recipe I'll be showing how to cook coconut fried rice with a seafood medley featuring a mix of fresh crab meat, shrimp, calamari and fresh homemade coconut milk!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course, seafood
Cuisine: Nigerian, Tropical
Servings: 6
Calories: 428.3kcal
Author: Yummy Medley

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups Jasmine Rice
  • 2 cups coconut milk fresh if possible or canned if not
  • 8 oz crab meat
  • 270 g / 0.5 lb large deveined and shelled shrimp
  • 450 g/ 1 lb cleaned calamari
  • 3 shallots/ 1 red onion sliced
  • 4 stalks of green onions
  • 1 small or half of a large orange bell pepper, sliced (you may substitute with any color bell pepper you choose)
  • 2 tsp shrimp bouillon
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 small handful of clove basil aka scent leaves/ Thai basil
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • In a medium size pot, on medium heat, boil the jasmine rice in the coconut milk with a teaspoon of salt and a stick of lemon grass. The rice should be just short of being done before it is taken off the heat.
  • Set the boiled rice aside and allow to cool completely before moving on to the other steps.
  • In a wok or a large pan, heat 1 table spoon of coconut oil and saute in the onions, shrimp and calamari.
  • Once the calamari and shrimp are just cooked (about 5 minutes), take the out of the wok or pan and set aside.
  • Add in another table soon of coconut oil, turn the heat up to high, the toss in the bell pepper slices and the cooked and cooled jasmine rice (take out the lemon grass stalk and discard at this stage).
  • Stir fry the rice and peppers over high heat for about 5 minutes, then add in the bullion and white pepper and continue to stir fry for another 10 minutes.
  • Toss in the cooked shrimp, calamari and shallots, crab meat, green onions, basil
  • and lime leaf. Stir and taste for salt.
  • Adjust the seasoning to your taste if needed, the continue to stir fry for no more than two more minutes still on high heat.
  • Take the rice of the heat and serve hot.

Notes

Mixed Seafood Coconut Fried Rice Calories and Nutrition

The estimated calorie count and nutritional information for one serving (meaning a plate) is shown below. Please note that the nutritional information below, including ingredients and calculations is sourced from a third party site and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will depend on the brands used, measuring standards, portion sizes and other factors.

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Mourine
    May 22, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Yummy….I want some 😊

    • Reply
      Ms. Yum
      May 22, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      You should try the recipe out, let me know how it goes.

  • Reply
    Matthew
    September 7, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    5 stars
    This tasted so good! I’m so glad I tried this!!!

  • Reply
    Jenni
    March 29, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    5 stars
    Wow! What a recipe! Such an awesome assortment of flavors and textures going on here – I bet this is an awesome meal!

  • Reply
    Tatiana
    March 29, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    5 stars
    Gorgeous dish! We also live close to the coast, almost in the cost in SF Bay , so we are lucky to have delicious ouster’s, shrimp and fish, that would go so well in this dish!

  • Reply
    Swati Saxena
    March 30, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Reading your post makes me feel hungry, all those seafoods look great!

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    March 30, 2018 at 11:35 am

    5 stars
    Lovely and I really like how you made this with fresh coconut milk. Have never thought to make it myself but this is the perfect recipe to give it a try with!

  • Reply
    Alyssa | Flaxseeds & Fairytales
    March 30, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    5 stars
    This rice looks so delicious and flavorful! I love the flavor of coconut in everything, especially seafood, so I’m really excited to try this out! I have a gluten allergy, so I’m always on the lookout for new recipes to try that don’t contain any gluten. This one is next on my list!

  • Reply
    Sara
    March 30, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    This looks wonderful! I can’t wait to try your recipe! Fried rice is always a big hit at my house!

  • Reply
    Kitty
    March 31, 2018 at 10:31 am

    This is much fancier than the fried rice I usually make! I’m all over this!

  • Reply
    Madi
    April 1, 2018 at 9:58 am

    5 stars
    This looks like the perfect fried rice! I love all of the seafood in it!

  • Reply
    Kristina
    April 1, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    5 stars
    This looks delicious! I recently spent a few weeks in Colombia and coconut rice was in every restaurant along the coast. I haven’t tried it yet myself but I’m definitely adding to the list (and you’re right, these pics are gorgeous 😉 ).

  • Reply
    Paige
    April 1, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    5 stars
    Wow this looks fabulous….I will try this sometime..looks super fresh and I bet it tastes great too!

  • Reply
    Paige
    April 1, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    5 stars
    Wow this looks fabulous….I will try this sometime..looks super fresh and I bet it tastes great too! Nice job on the food styling!

    • Reply
      Lois. O
      April 5, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks Paige!

  • Reply
    Stacey
    April 1, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    5 stars
    What a great combination of flavors! It looks amazing and perfect for get together, love it!

  • Reply
    Sues
    April 1, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    5 stars
    Oh man, all I want in life (at 11:00 p.m. no less) is this dish!! All of that seafood looks so delicious and I never say no to fried rice!!

  • Reply
    Julie
    April 1, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Paella is one of my all-time favorite foods, and this looks so similar but with coconut milk – and I LOVE coconut milk. I can’t wait to try this; it is right up my alley!

  • Reply
    Melissa
    January 28, 2020 at 9:05 am

    I have Shrimp in my fridge right now. This recipe comes just at the right time.

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