Normally, dessert in my vocabulary does not translate into anything with fresh fruit.
However, this Thai mango sticky rice is AMAZING and will knock your socks off!!!
Don’t get me wrong, I really love fresh fruit, but it doesn’t always satisfy that treat craving known to hit after mealtimes…aka CHOCOLATE!
Thai mango sticky rice is drenched in a sweet and salty coconut sauce that is a traditional Thai dessert. It goes perfectly after another fast coconut milk recipe: Thai chicken soup.
In this version, I have omitted the rice. But I can show you how to add THAT too!
The coconut sauce will really knock your socks off, the trick is the balance between sweet and salty….so don’t leave the salt out. You can play with the sugar and salt ratios a bit, but do it by tiny fractions to your own taste!
Thai Mangos for this recipe a must!
It is important to note that you will need a particular mango for this recipe (called by so many names): it’s the only mango I really like, and they are coming into season now. How do you pick the best one? Here is what to look for when shopping:
- Thai/Naftali/Champagne/Honey Mangoes…whatever you call them, they are the best! Ask your produce person if you’re not sure.
- To pick a good one, look for a uniform orange-yellow skin that yields slightly to your touch. Sometimes a subtle wrinkle to the skin works too.
- Below, I give a handy visual of how to prepare this fruit! Peel (I LOVE my sharp peeler for this!), stand up on its end and slice the fruit off on either side of the pit (I use my favorite kid-friendly knife for this)
You will have this ‘dessert’ on the table in less than 10 minutes. Just try to save a few bites for others!
Like the mango sticky rice too?
It’s pretty amazing, I don’t blame you!!
- Using prepared sticky rice (make sure it is a sticky rice, sometimes called sushi rice. It is extra glutinous and sticky: a must for the right texture), and DOUBLE the sauce ingredients, minus the tapioca for thickening.
- Before thickening the sauce, pour HALF of the coconut sauce into the rice. Mix.
- Place a spoonful of the coconut drenched rice on a plate, then layer the prepared mango on top. Finally, drizzle with the THICKENED sauce to finish it off!
Like fruit based desserts?
- Gluten Free | Vegan Blueberry Crumble Bars
- Fresh Strawberry Chocolate Tarts
- Paleo AIP Strawberry Rhubarb Hand Pies
- Mango Lime Chia Pudding
Thai Mango Sticky Rice Recipe:
If you try this, leave a comment below!
Paleo Thai Mango w/ Coconut Sauce
A traditional Thai dessert using fresh mangoes and sticky rice drenched in a sweet and salty coconut milk sauce.
- 2 ripe Thai mangoes usually wrinkly skin is a good sign!, peeled and sliced. Notes above in post!
- 1 cup canned coconut milk - full fat I linked to the ONLY brand I use...flavor wise it is THE best, and no fillers!!
- 2 tablespoons palm sugar or any sweetener of choice
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (scant) I linked to the kind I buy...still has ALL it's trace minerals!
- 2 teaspoons tapioca starch or any starch
- Toasted sesame seeds for garnish optional
Optional Sticky Rice
- Please DOUBLE above sauce if adding sticky rice
- 1 cup sushi rice also call short grain, or sticky rice.
- 1 1/2 cup water
Prepare Sticky Rice
In a sauce pan with a tight fitting lid, add the rice and water. Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to very low simmer for 15 minutes or so. Turn off heat, don't remove the lid! Let the rice rest for at least 10 minutes. Cool to close to room temp before proceeding.
Whisk together the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan. Remember to double the sauce ingredients if using the sticky rice.
Over medium-low heat, bring the mixture to a gentle simmer.
When mixture thickens, remove from heat and set aside.
Prepare your Thai mangoes (see picture). Peel and slice them any way you like!
Serve freshly sliced mango with a drizzle (or slathering) of coconut sauce! Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds if using!
nutrition facts do not include rice or double sauce.
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I used to buy something similar from this lovely family run Thai restaurant. I can’t believe how simple it is! Definitely going to try this recipe out, thank you 🙂
I’m not really a fan of mangos but maybe because I haven’t tried this variety? Will look out for these, thank you!
I don;t like any other mangoes Darryl!!
Holley @ The Primal Desire says
That perfect balance of sweet and salty is so important!!!
YES! I need more mango in my life! This looks delish!
Mango desserts are the best ! So summer perfect. YUM !
Jessica DeMay says
I love fruit based desserts! That sauce sounds simple, but delicious!
What a fresh treat for these hot summer months. Yum!
YUM! I love love love mangoes. And this looks delish!
Emily @ Recipes to Nourish says
This has been one of my favorite flavors since I was a kid and my mom and I would get this at our favorite Thai restaurant. Brings back good memories. Yum!
Kari - Get Inspired Everyday! says
I also love Champagne mangoes, their flavor is so incredible, and what a great idea to have all the same flavors but simplified!
Melissa @Real Nutritious Living says
So simple and delicious! Perfect for summer.
Yum! I’ve never tried mangos this way but now I must!
Tracey Black says
Yum! I can’t wait to try this gluten free Thai mango dessert recipe. I just featured it on my round up of healthy Gluten Free Asian Recipes: http://dontmesswithmama.com/gluten-free-asian-recipes.
Sometimes simple recipes are the best. 😉 This one sound amazing! Thanks for sharing it at Savoring Saturdays!
Thank you for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays! Your post has been pinned to my Recipes from Tasty Tuesday board. I can’t wait to see what you link up next week!
Have a terrific weekend!
Katja @ the Savory Lotus says
This looks so good. I’ve made something similar in the past. I also made a Paleo Pad Thai that this would go really great with. Looks like we both got featured on Gluten-Free Friday (that’s where I saw your post for this) Love your site.
Tessa Domestic Diva says
Anything Thai is great by me Katja! Lets have a potluck (:
Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) says
Wow, I have this one my favorites list for this week! YUM Got it linked up at the Gluten Free Fridays pinterest board and tweeted out!
I love the tropical combination of coconut and mango! Thanks so much for sharing Tessa!
Oh my gosh, yummy! When can I come over for a meal?
Thanks for linking up on Natural Living Monday! I can’t wait to see what other tastiness you have up your sleeve.
Miz Helen says
This sauce looks delicious! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Jeanne @soultravelers3 says
Yum! We’re a traveling real food family in Asia now, so this will work perfect for us and easy ( and super cheap) to find the ingredients!
April @ The 21st Century Housewife says
I had not heard of Thai mangoes before – I was interested to learn about them. Your dessert looks delicious. I like fruit based desserts, and this one is extra-special with the coconut sauce.
This looks delicious. I have been trying to read more and more about paleo…thanks for the recipe:)
robbie @ going green mama says
Oh, saw this on Motivation Monday…should not be looking at this before breakfast. I need to buy some mangoes…soon!