Coconut Milk Recipes

Coconut milk adds rich sweetness to every dish it graces

by0| PUBLISHED Jul 30, 2015 9:00 PM
Coconut Milk Recipes
This sticky-sweet cake, made with semolina flour and coconut milk, is commonly served at holidays and special occasions in Myanmar. Get the recipe for Sesame-Topped Semolina Cake with Coconut (Shwekyi Senyinmakin) ». Laura Sant

Rich and tropical with a subtle sweetness, coconut milk appears in all sorts of dishes, from curries to cakes to cocktails. While you can make it yourself, you don't need to—canned coconut milk is readily available in stores. To show off the sweet liquid's versatility, we've rounded up our favorite coconut milk recipes.

Coconut milk is used to thicken and sweeten curries from all over the world. In India, Goanese shrimp curry is made with both grated coconut and coconut milk, and our Telangana chicken is flavored with coconut, lime, garlic, ginger, cardamom, and more.

Moving over to Southeast Asia, we have a coconutty Thai yellow curry with beef, potatoes, and homemade curry paste, as well as multiple meat mains that are marinated with the milk. Across the world in Jamaica, a popular breakfast is fragrant curry chicken with lime juice, garlic, and ginger.

And naturally, coconut milk has its place in desserts. Our coconut cake from Thomas Keller actually uses coconut four ways; desiccated coconut and coconut milk and extract flavor the batter, while sweetened shredded coconut is strewn between the layers and on top. Because of its high fat content, coconut milk is also useful in making vegan ice cream. It mixes with cashew milk to make the base for our vegan peanut butter and chocolate chip ice cream.

Find all these dishes and more in our collection of coconut milk recipes.