Recipes That Start with a Can of Coconut Milk
Canned coconut milk lends a rich and creamy texture, plus a boost of flavor, instantly to a variety of dishes. Stir it into sauces or curries for a silky smooth finish, or use in desserts like ice cream or rice pudding for a decadent taste. Be sure to use canned coconut milk, not the refrigerated variety, because it has a higher fat content and different texture.
Chicken Stew With Coconut Milk
This hearty chicken stew uses canned coconut milk to give it a silky texture and some nutty flavor to balance out the spices. Serve over a scoop of rice for soaking up the extra sauce.
Brown Sugar Coconut Latte
Instead of taking regular milk in your morning coffee, try canned coconut milk in a latte for something a little different. Paired with coconut extract and coconut oil, it's a dream drink for any coconut lovers.
Mint-Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream
Make your own ice cream at home for a delicious after-dinner treat. This recipe uses canned coconut milk, mint, and chocolate chips to create the perfect flavor. As a bonus, it's free from dairy and refined sugars.
Thai Meatballs in a Tomato Coconut Curry Sauce
Meatballs in tomato sauce may be a classic, but this recipe puts a Thai spin on it. The sauce is made with canned coconut milk, curry paste, and tomatoes, while the meatballs are infused with flavor from lemongrass and fish sauce. Serve over rice noodles for a complete meal.
Creamy Vegan Hot Cocoa
If you're avoiding dairy it doesn't mean you have to miss out on hot cocoa. Canned coconut is the creamy base for this warming, vegan-friendly beverage.
Authentic Thai Coconut Soup
Make this Thai coconut soup for a fragrant and aromatic bowl to warm you right up. "I've had Thom Kha Gai in many great Thai restaurants and this rivals the best," says reviewer TheTDot.
Dairy-Free Coconut Rice Pudding
Traditionally packed with dairy, canned coconut milk becomes the star for this decadent dessert. Best part? It's ready to eat in just 30 minutes.
Air Fryer Coconut Chicken
These coconut and panko crusted chicken strips are moist and tender in the inside — thanks to a marinade of coconut milk, pineapple juice, and sriracha — but crispy and crunchy on the outside. Serve with more sriracha on the side for dipping.
Sweet Potato and Kale Soup
When you need a stick-to-your ribs veggie stew, this is the recipe for you. Sweet potatoes, kale, and chickpeas create a chunky texture, while canned coconut milk makes up the velvety broth.
Real Food Orange Cream Ice Pops
Traditional ice pops can be loaded with mystery ingredients and dyes, but this recipe is made from wholesome foods: canned coconut milk, orange juice, honey, and vanilla extract.
Trinidad Stewed Chicken
An entire chicken goes into this Caribbean-style recipe. Be sure to serve over a bed of rice or pasta to soak up the extra coconut sauce.