15 Amazing Coconut Recipes
Try these sweet and savory recipes, made with one of our favorite tropical ingredients.
Toasting the coconut adds a rich, nutty taste to this simple yet delicious dessert.
- Recipe: Coconut-Buttermilk Pie
This recipe is versatile—try it as a chilled rice salad the next day. Just add shrimp or chicken for a main dish meal.
- Recipe: Coconut Curry Jasmine Rice
Arborio rice is sometimes labeled “risotto” in stores. It’s a short-grain rice with lots of starch, giving it a creamy texture when cooked.
Look for miso paste in the international or refrigerated sections of upscale markets. Miso paste, commonly made from soybeans, is a Japanese condiment used in marinades, salad dressings, and sauces. It’s nutritious but salty.
The thickness of the sauce in this easy dish depends on whether you use regular or low-fat coconut milk. Both will work, but low-fat versions make for thinner sauces.
- Recipe: Scallops in Coconut-Basil Sauce
Thai red curry paste gives this simple one-bowl meal spicy heat. You can substitute green curry paste and it’ll be just as spicy. If you’re timid, just use less!
- Recipe: Coconut Curried Shrimp
Coconut milk and coconut cream add flavor and richness to this tasty breakfast treat. If you can’t find unsweetened coconut cream, substitute cream of coconut, which is often found in the cocktail mixers area of your market. Cream of coconut is sweetened, so you may want to skip the sugar.
- Recipe: Coconut French Toast
Toss the pineapple in the marinade just before grilling; otherwise the enzymes will thin the marinade and you might lose the yummy caramelized surface. Extra marinade can be drizzled over after the pineapple grills.
This tasty cocktail is so delicious and simple, it’s almost dangerous. Try freezing it on extra-hot summer days.
- Recipe: Pink Bikini
Using lemon grass and kaffir lime leaves really boosts the flavor. But don’t skip this recipe if you can’t find them; just substitute a teaspoon of lime zest.
- Recipe: Thai Coconut Soup
Nuts add texture to this colorful side dish. We like pistachios, but you can also use cashews, macadamia nuts, or peanuts.