Coconut-Lemongrass Rice and Sesame-Roasted Asparagus

June 2, 2012

Both of these are incredibly simple and easy and since they go so well together on the menu I’m putting them together here in one post. Get the rice simmering then move on to the asparagus and they’ll both be ready for the table at about the same time.

  • Coconut Milk, 2 cans
  • Water
  • Rice, 2 cups
  • Lemongrass, a tablespoon or two.  Fresh lemongrass is sometimes hard to come by so this convenient tube is a handy substitute.

Combine the coconut milk with enough water to make four cups total.  Bring it to a boil and add the rice.  Lower the heat to a slow simmer, cover the pot and set a timer for about 25 minutes.

  • Fresh Asparagus
  • Sesame Oil
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sesame Seeds

Preheat the broiler then rinse the asparagus and trim the tough ends.

Spread the asparagus onto a baking dish in a single layer.  Drizzle with sesame oil and a little soy sauce.

Sprinkle generously with sesame seeds then put it under the broiler for about five minutes, until it’s tender.

Once the rice is done, dump it into a bowl and add the lemongrass.  Fluff it all together with a fork and serve hot.

Serve up the asparagus and enjoy!


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1 Sbuent June 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I can’t remember where you are located (Florida?) but I planted a lemongrass plant in my backyard (Texas) about 15 years ago. It looks kind of like Pampas grass. It never dies and takes absolutely no work, and there’s always lemongrass to be had! It’s worth locating a plant.


2 karenbove June 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Thanks! It would probably do well here in FL and would make a great addition to my herb garden. I just need to locate a plant or attempt to start it from seed.


3 sbuent June 3, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Just one word of warning–if you’re putting it into your herb garden, leave a bunch of room. Mine is *big*. I started it from a small plant in a 6 inch pot, maintained it in progressively larger pots for a couple of years, and finally stuck it in the ground. It takes up a lot of room, but worth it.


4 karenbove June 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Thanks for the warning. I’m already terrible about overcrowding the garden. The baby plants just look so little that it’s hard to imagine just how big they’re going to get.


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