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Crispy Coconut Orzo with Peas

This is a really fun spin on a regular pasta dish. I was inspired by the way noodles and dumplings are pan fried in Chinese cuisine - that crispy texture is to die for! I cook the orzo in a blend of coconut milk, water and ginger to give it some great aromatic flavor, and then it gets wonderfully golden brown and crunchy while it gets pan-fried. Because Jade loves them, I toss in some peas at the end, along with some thinly sliced green onion and lemon juice to brighten everything up.

Note that this technique is much easier when you use a non-stick pan!

Crispy Coconut Orzo with Peas

Crispy Coconut Orzo with Peas


Main Course



Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

20 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 2inch piece of ginger, sliced
  • 3 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt (divided)
  • 2 cups orzo pasta
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 bunch scallions (sliced thin (about ½ cup))
  • 1 cup frozen peas (thawed)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (from 1/2 a lemon)


  1. This recipe originated on an episode of Giada Entertains. Episode: Jade’s After Party.
  2. To a medium saucepan add the coconut milks, water, ginger and salt. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Add the orzo and stir. Cook for 6 to 7 minutes or until the pasta is al dente, stirring to prevent sticking. Drain well. Remove and discard the ginger.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons oil and heat another minute. Add the drained orzo and spread out evenly in the pan. Cook undisturbed for about 4 minutes or until the bottom of the pasta is getting browned and crispy. Flip the pasta, add the remaining oil and continue to cook an additional 4 minutes undisturbed to brown the other side. Flip again and brown another 3 minutes. Season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and stir in the scallions and peas. Cook another 2 minutes to warm through. Finish with the lemon juice. Serve warm.



Nutrition Serving Size
per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
65 grams
12 grams
21 grams
Saturated Fat
8 grams
1982 milligrams
4 grams
4 grams
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1 comment

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    Julyne Derrick

    I can't believe I'm the only person to rate this delicious recipe. I found the recipe online because I was craving carbs made in coconut milk. I had orzo on hand and Googled "Orzo, coconut milk, coconut flakes" and up popped this recipe. I made it using full fat coconut milk because that's what I had on hand. I didn't add the peas. It was absolutely delicious and a dish I will make again and again.

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