Summer Fruit and Tofu Coconut Forbidden Rice

This summer fruit and tofu coconut forbidden rice is a great excuse to incorporate awesome summer fruit into dinner. #watermelon #nectarines #coconutmilk #forbiddenrice

it all started with joseph william morgan. who sounds like an average white male, but is really the combined alter ego of two musicians previously best known for divided by friday. the duo currently churns out epic orchestral soundtrack pieces, even though their past lives revolved around the pop punk/emo persuasion. unexpected and weird (though not quite as shocking as the time a pop punk band gained a country-esque twang ahem boys like girls), but also really cool.

pair that with the hubbub around side hustles, and i got to thinking about how i want to know others as deep, complex people even though i sometimes see only the shallow bits. and how i want to be seen as a multi-dimensional person with different interests. someone who’s both creative and logical, someone who likes cake, but can also get jiggy with this summer fruit and tofu coconut forbidden rice.

it’s kind of decadent from the coconut milk-rich rice. which isn’t my typical brown/white rice mix, since there’s some black forbidden rice for good measure. it’s nutty and toasty and chewy and the cooked rice emerges from the rice cooker depths a gorgeous inky purple. tbh, i can imagine calling it a day with this coconut rice and topping it with fruit for snack or dessert in the manner of a rice pudding or thai mango sticky rice. aside from all that swoon worthy rice, the cucumber and watermelon keep it crunchy, and the tomato and cilantro keep it fresh. pretty solid for a summer meal when you don’t want to cook much and your brain feels melty!

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2 years ago: Matcha Waffles, Red Bean Coconut Milk Popsicles
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4 years ago: Winner Winner Tomato/Olive/Caper Chicken Dinner, David Lebovitz’s German Chocolate Cake

I've used watermelon, nectarines, tomatoes and cucumbers in this summer fruit and tofu coconut forbidden rice, but use whatever looks good! #watermelon #nectarines #coconutmilk #forbiddenrice

Summer Fruit and Tofu Coconut Forbidden Rice
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
This summer fruit and tofu coconut forbidden rice is the perfect summer rice salad dish.
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Fusion
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 444 kcal
  • 1/2 cup black forbidden rice
  • 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 1/2 cup white rice can increase to 1 cup if you don't want to use brown rice
  • 3 cups light coconut milk
  • 2 blocks (16 oz total) extra-firm tofu cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 T rice wine vinegar
  • 1 cup cubed seeded watermelon
  • 1 Persian cucumber sliced into rounds
  • 1 large tomato cut into wedges
  • 2 medium stone fruit cut into wedges
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp lime or lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup toasted coconut flakes
  1. Cook the rice with the coconut milk. I like doing this in a rice cooker, but stovetop works too.

  2. Drain the tofu on paper towels if you have time. Drizzle it with the soy sauce, fish sauce and rice wine vinegar, then toss to combine.
  3. Mix the fruit, rice, cilantro, oil, lime juice and zest in a large bowl. Top with the tofu and coconut. Season to taste with more soy sauce, fish sauce, rice wine vinegar and/or sesame oil.
Recipe Notes

From Suzanne Lehrer via Serious Eats. This can be made ahead, though I'd recommend adding the stone fruit and toasted coconut right before serving. Instead of using light coconut milk, you could do half full fat coconut milk, and cut it with water or low fat milk of any kind.

more hot weather treats

These apricot melon basil popsicles also have cucumber, making these refreshing treats for Popsicle Week 2016 (or heck, any time there's a scorcher).

Red bean coconut milk popsicles are a creamy two-ingredient treat made of sweet cooked red beans and decadent coconut milk.
This summer fruit and tofu coconut forbidden rice is a perfect way to incorporate all the summer fruit you're hoarding into a hot weather friendly meal. #watermelon #nectarines #coconutmilk #forbiddenrice

50 Replies to “Summer Fruit and Tofu Coconut Forbidden Rice”

  1. This dish is making me believe that there can be more uses of the delicious coconut rice other than the Thai mother of all dishes! Yumm..

    1. oh yes! i could eat the rice mixed with a bit of gochujang (korean spicy paste) and seaweed, and be set (:

  2. Amazing medley of flavors in this one Heather!! And I love that it’s a complete meal in itself!

    1. thanks!! there are some days when i’m in the mood to make 5 different small dishes and make that dinner, but this is good for the days when i’m not (:

  3. Ooooh, these flavors sound so wonderful, together! I love Black forbidden rice, thanks for the recipe!

    1. there’s something so nutty and special about black forbidden rice! it definitely adds a little something extra to this dish (:

  4. I’m not a fan of fruit in savoury dishes but love the idea of a salad with forbidden rice in it for that change of flavour and texture.

    1. yeah, the forbidden rice makes it more than a typical rice salad! especially with the coconut (:

  5. Looks delicious! So many great flavors going on here Heather!! Xoxo πŸ™‚

  6. My brain is definitely melty these days and something easy and delicious like this is all I need! I don’t know if I’ve ever used forbidden rice!!! I’m totally intrigued now!

    1. oooh hope you can track some black forbidden rice down! you only need a bit (though if you use more, the rice becomes more black than the purple-ish vibe i have going on here), so it can go a long ways (:

  7. So many delicious flavours in this one and such a healthy, filling meal! Love that you cooked the rice with coconut milk; so good!

    1. thanks, marie! when in doubt, cook it in coconut milk (;

  8. oohhh forbidden! That means it must be good! πŸ˜€ What a great idea incorporating it into your lovely dish! YUM!

    1. forbidden = good here for sure! not sure that’s always the case though πŸ˜‚

  9. I have been obsessed with black rice lately! It’s so pretty! Great recipe

    1. thanks patrick! and i love the colors here too (:

  10. Great combination of flavor and texture out here!

  11. RICE AND FRUIT ANDDDDD tofu?! Oh my lord – this is BLASTING with flavors!!!

    1. so blasting with flavor that even buzz lightyear would be down to eat this :3

  12. I love that this is called forbidden rice, it sounds so enticing!! I love cooking rice in coconut milk, it makes it so creamy and fragrant. All of the other ingredients like the fruit and Asian sauces sound so cool too. Super unique and creative recipe, Heather! πŸ™‚

    1. yes, i love rice cooked in coconut milk!! it works alongside so many things, in savory or sweet applications (:

  13. This dish is just so full of gorgeous flavors! And alllll those colors–now I’m totally craving it!

  14. forbidden rice? how fascinating; never heard of that before. that dish looks very pretty and tasty. love your little popsicles too. cheers! sherry

    1. i hope you can find it and play around with it! it makes normal rice a bit more interesting (:

  15. This forbidden rice looks super tasty, I have yet to make it but I’ve had it and it’s always a hit. I love feta cheese, especially when you add summer fruit. I bet the addition of coconut milk adds a unique flavor.

    1. oh, it’s definitely time for you to make forbidden rice at home then!! the hardest part is tracking it down, but it cooks up like other kinds of rice (:

  16. This is RIGHT up my alley! Sounds so good.. and unique!

  17. Whoa, this looks awesome. Forbidden rice is so nutty and flavorful. I bet it would be amazing with these other ingredients. Great ingredients don’t need much to shine!!

    1. thanks, maria! the rice is definitely tasty with all the fruit (:

  18. YUM, this reminds me of the types of food I enjoyed when I was in bali. Looks delicious and nourishing!

    1. ahh everything i’ve seen from bali looks tropical and amazing and delicious! guess i’ll have to make this until i can get there (;

  19. I’m so interested in all the textures in this salad, it’s deep and complex!

    1. thanks, meg! this definitely has a ton of textures to keep you interested until you finish the last bite (:

  20. This looks delicious, and I like you want to be seen as a multi-demensional person who likes cake and fruit. Who can be carefree and have a complex convo ect. There really is so much to people then meets the eye or that we can grasp from the surface!

    1. thanks! it goes both ways, though, and sometimes it’s easy for me to forget that others are just as multi-dimensional and worthy as being seen as such.

  21. I am loving the fruit in this dish and the rice sounds amazing.

    1. thanks! the fruit and rice here are awesome (:

  22. Sweet, salty, a bit of tang with chewy rice. This screams summer to me and since it’s a Autumn going on Winter soon I think I am going to save this for a winter day to bring me some cheer and joy! haha πŸ˜€ Because damn, winters here are depressing -_-

    1. sounds good to me!! perhaps a quick getaway in the middle of winter is in order? i do hear that california is nice that time of year (;

  23. Yum! This dish is truly delightful, Heather. Is there any alternative to the soy sauce?

    1. thanks, agness! tamari could work, or even salt!

  24. I get what you’re saying in being about being creative and logical. Sometimes, there is a great pressure to “specialize” in which these 2 things are thought to be unable to co-exist. I really enjoy your writing, Heather, and your recipes!

    1. my hometown tends to emphasize logic and stem in general, so i’ve definitely seen (and sometimes felt) that pressure to pick something along those lines!

  25. OK, I just read “forbidden” and immediately knew I had to check this recipe! Haha!
    Unfortunately, watermelons have gone out of season, so I’m pinning this for the future! πŸ™‚

    1. haha it’s that mentality of wanting what you can’t have. you can definitely sub in something else for the watermelon (and all the other summer fruit), as long as it’s crunchy and fresh and sweet. (or you could take this a completely different direction and add a bunch of roasted veggies for fall/winter!).

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