Have a can of coconut milk on hand? Coconut milk can be used in place of milk or cream in a variety of dishes. Learn about the many uses for coconut milk and find some delicious coconut milk recipes right here!
Coconut milk is probably in my top three pantry staples. It is an extremely versatile ingredient that works for using in both sweet and savory recipes. Whether as a vegan or dairy-free alternative to replace milk in recipes or as the star of the show, you can use creamy coconut milk in baking recipes, desserts, sauces, main dinner dishes like coconut curries, to make rice — you name it! Its creaminess and natural sweetness will elevate it all!
Coconut Milk FAQ
Coconut milk is the liquid extracted from the flesh of ripe coconuts.
No. Coconut water is the clear liquid that comes only from the center of green coconuts.
Yes and no. Coconut milk and coconut cream are derived in much the same way, however, coconut cream is much more concentrated and higher in fat. They can be used interchangeably in most recipes.
Yes. Canned coconut milk is perfectly safe (and delicious!) to drink.
No. Once you open a can of coconut milk, you can use it in both cold or hot dishes or drink it as is.
It depends on you are using the coconut milk. If you are using coconut milk in recipes that are raw or cold, you are more likely to detect a slight coconut flavor. If you use coconut milk in cooked food, the taste of coconut milk will grow less and less throughout the cooking or boiling time.
Yes. I do not advise storing coconut milk in a can in the fridge, but you can transfer leftover coconut milk to an airtight storage container and store it in the fridge for up to 10 days.
Coconut milk powder is dehydrated coconut milk that you can mix with water to make coconut milk. You can use this as a replacement for canned coconut milk or coconut milk that comes in a carton.
Full-fat coconut milk that comes in cans in the grocery store is the most useful form of coconut milk you can buy. Coconut milk that comes in cartons has more water content, therefore it is not as thick, creamy or flavorful as the canned variety.