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    The 35 BEST Coconut Milk Recipes

    If you’re wondering how to cook with coconut milk, or simply want some new ways to use it, we have you covered!

    This collection of great Coconut Milk Recipes includes a huge variety of dishes from spicy curries to sweet desserts, and everything in between.

    If you’ve never used coconut milk, you’ll be amazed at the stunning flavors and creaminess a can of it brings to a dish. It’s so good.

    So cook your way through all of these easy coconut milk recipes, and be sure to let us know your favorite!

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    Coconut Milk Recipes:

    1. Shrimp Korma

    Shrimp Korma is simply currylicious, and it will take you straight to the world of deliciousness.

    The juicy shrimp are braised in flavorful yogurt and nutty milky-based velvety sauce with mild spices, which makes a perfect curry.

    Your whole family will love this authentic shrimp curry for sure.

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    2. Laksa (Asian Noodle Soup)

    Make one of the most popular Southeast Asian Noodle soups at home with this fantastic Laksa recipe Laksa!

    This bowl is made with a cozy and spicy coconut milk-based broth with super interesting and delicious add-in fixings. It’s one of our favorite coconut milk recipes!

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    3. Hawaiian Chicken Salad

    Guys, looking for an easy and flavorful summer salad recipe? Then you have arrived at the perfect Hawaiian Chicken Salad!

    This vibrant, colorful bowl is made with fresh and flavorful ingredients, along with juicy coconut milk marinated chicken. It’s it a great option to serve at your summer events.

    The salad is super adaptable as well, so you can make it your own.

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    4. Thai Green Curry

    Yet another very famous dish that’s simply a flavor bomb of spicy, salty, umami, and sweet flavors is this Thai Green Curry!

    You can make this curry with any of your favorite proteins, or can make it vegetarian or vegan. So give your loved ones an amazing curry experience with this classic recipe.

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    5. Jamaican Rice and Peas

    Rice and Peas is a very famous and common side dish in Jamaican cuisine. It’s very simple to make with flavorful ingredients that go great with each other.

    Easy side recipe to make for your get-togethers or parties.

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    6. Caribbean Coconut Mussel Curry

    Guys, you will totally love this Caribbean Coconut Mussel Curry, as the mussels are cooked in a creamy coconut base, and the perfect Caribbean spices to give it extra flavors.

    It’s super simple to make and will be one of your top coconut milk recipes.

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    7. Chicken Caldereta

    Now, try this Filipino Chicken Caldereta, that is brimming with delicious flavors.

    This excellent stew is made with a rich, creamy tomato and coconut milk-base, along with with chicken, lots of assorted veggies, and spices.

    All is simmered for hours to make this dish incredibly tasty. It’s so good!

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    8. Sri Lankan Chicken Curry

    Make Sri Lanka’s most-loved comfort food with this outstanding recipe, Sri Lankan Chicken Curry!

    The creamy, rich curry is made by simply cooking chicken in an onion and tomato-based gravy with coconut milk and exotic warm spices.

    You will definitely add this flavorful recipe to your collection.

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    9. Korean Style Ground Pork Soup

    Korean Style Ground Pork Soup is full of comforting Asian flavors you all will love.

    This awesome bowl is made with well-balanced gochujang chili, spiced ground beef, slurpy noodles and coconut broth to balance all the flavors together. Give this soup a sure try.

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    10. Coconut Cupcakes 

    Coconut Cupcakes make the best snack or dessert for your upcoming summer events or potlucks.

    These cute little soft, moist, and fluffy cupcakes are topped with creamy coconut buttercream frosting, and then sprinkled some more shredded coconut for extra flavors and textures.

    Everyone will surely enjoy these yummy cupcakes.

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    11. Mango Coconut Milk Smoothie

    Are you a smoothie person? Then this Mango Coconut Milk Smoothie is a must-try. This creamy deliciousness is made in no time, with mango, bananas, coconut milk, and lemon juice.

    You will totally love this healthy, velvety drink on hot summer days, or any time of the year.

    Get the Recipe @ coconutsandkettlebells

    12. Beef Rendang

    Ok, now make the most popular Malaysian and Indonesian Beef Rendang, which is a rich, spicy, and creamy beef stew made with flavorful spices and coconut milk.

    This remarkable dish goes great with rice, and makes a complete hearty meal. It’s one of our favorite coconut milk recipes.

    Get the Recipe @ rasamalaysia

    13. 30 Minute Spicy Indian Butter Chicken

    Can you believe you can make delicious Spicy Indian Butter Chicken in just 30 minutes? Yes, you can, with this wonderful recipe.

    For a quick Indian dinner, try this awesome recipe and impress your family. It’s just too good!

    Get the Recipe @ halfbakedharves

    14. Coconut French Toast 

    Want a new twist on French toast? Then try this most delicious variation, Coconut French Toast, and it will become your instant favorite breakfast.

    It’s all about coconut flavors that uplift your French toast, and the coconut syrup will take this dish to the next level.

    Serve along with some fresh fruits and enjoy a hearty breakfast with your family.

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    15. Thai Chicken Satay

    Thai Chicken Satay is the easiest way to satisfy your Asian take-out cravings.

    Incredibly simple to make, the combination of coconut milk and creamy peanut sauce makes this dish out of this world delicious.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    16. Creamy Coconut Milk Chicken

    Got 30 minutes? If so, we have you covered with this smashing Creamy Coconut Milk Chicken.

    This one-pan recipe will make you super happy with its exceptional creamy flavors, and the exotic spices make it totally irritable. It’s a great and delicious weekday dinner.

    Get the Recipe @ diethood

    17. Green Bean Casserole

    This holiday season, make the best side dish for your spread with this Green Bean Casserole.

    It is going to be a total winner, as the tender beans and creamy mushroom sauce with fried onion are baked to perfection to create a masterpiece.

    Get the Recipe @ lovingitvegan

    18. Malabar Chicken Curry with Coconut Milk

    Malabar Chicken Curry with Coconut Milk is something to behold. This classic Kerala-style curry is full of creamy, aromatic, and nutty flavors that are so, so delectable.

    Serve with classic appam, or naan bread or rice, to make a complete meal and make your Indian night enjoyable.

    Get the Recipe @ recipemagik

    19. Thai Inspired Creamy Coconut Shrimp

    Give your tender shrimp some Thai flavors with this splendid Creamy Coconut Shrimp.

    You can literally whip up this fabulous dish in just 20 minutes, and you will experience the amazing flavors of coconut milk, basil, ginger, and garlic.

    Serve this luscious gravy with some rice or noodles, and enjoy the best shrimp dish ever.

    Get the Recipe @ diethood

    20. Khao Soi

    Khao Soi is a Thai Coconut Curry Noodle Soup that is super popular in Thailand, and is packed with beautiful flavors and ingredients.

    The coconut milk curry broth makes this bowl just irresistible. So whenever you crave some Asian flavors, do try this Khao Soi.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    21. Coconut Ice Cream 

    Make this ultra delicious and creamy Coconut Ice Cream without using a churner or ice cream maker.

    It’s the perfect summer cooler for the whole family.

    Get the Recipe @ theflavoursofkitchen

    22. Strawberry Overnight Oats

    Start your day with Strawberry Overnight Oats, and keep yourself full and satisfied for a long time.

    Soak these oats in coconut milk the night before to yield the best creamy and delicious flavors, and then top with your favorite fruit or nuts for extra flavors.

    That’s it, your quick and tasty breakfast is ready to dig in.

    Get the Recipe @ healthyishappetite

    23. Homemade Coconut Cream Pie

    Guys, introduce the best dessert to your family with this Homemade Coconut Cream Pie recipe. It will be the stand-out dessert at any party or special event.

    This is definitely one of the best coconut milk recipes for sweets lovers.

    Get the Recipe @ sallysbakingaddiction

    24. Coconut Lime Donuts

    Donuts are a favorite in every house, and these Coconut Lime Donuts will be a huge hit.

    The perfectly fluffy baked donuts have amazing coconut and zesty lime flavors, and the glaze makes these donuts super addictive.

    Get the Recipe @ butternut-lane

    25. Coquito – Puerto Rican Eggnog

    Coquito is a classic Puerto Rican cocktail that is very popular in the festive season.

    This time, you surprise your guest with this sensational cocktail, made with coconut milk, rum, cinnamon, nutmeg, and more.

    Everyone will love this chilled glass of creamy and thick coquito, which gets ready in just 10 minutes.

    Get the Recipe @ thenovicechefblog

    26. Coconut Cake

    This is the ultimate recipe for Coconut Cake, which creates the moistest and the most scrumptious cake you will ever try.

    Decorate it with additional toasted coconut flakes for extra textures and flavors. Your new go-to recipe for a cake to wow your guests.

    Get the Recipe @ livforcake

    27. Lemon Coconut Pancakes

    All pancakes fans, try these Lemon Coconut Pancakes, which are a light and delicious twist on your regular pancakes.

    Super easy and quick to make, they’ll be your new favorite breakfast. You can serve them with your favorite syrup or lemon glaze.

    Get the Recipe @ karissasvegankitchen

    28. Lentil Curry

    Lentil Curries are the most loved comfort food for many, and this version is mind-blowingly delicious.

    The recipe is full of pantry staple ingredients that are simmered together to create a hearty curry. The coconut milk and warm spices make it rich, creamy, and awesome.

    Serve with steamed rice and enjoy the most satisfying family meal ever.

    Get the Recipe @ chelseasmessyapron

    29. Coconut Key Lime Pie Popsicles

    Cool off everyone at home with these excellent Coconut Key Lime Pie Popsicles.

    This refreshing dairy-free treat is very easy to make, and the graham cracker crust goes just amazing with it. You don’t need to wait for summer to try these super tempting popsicles.

    Get the Recipe @ thewoodenskillet

    30. Piña Colada Tres Leches Cake

    Elevate your cake skills with this Piña Colada Tres Leches Cake, it’s like you are enjoying your favorite cocktail in a cake form.

    This popular Mexican cake is made easily with coconut milk, pineapple chunks, rum, and toasted coconut, making a perfectly moist and rich cake.

    You can make this cake to celebrate any of your special events, as it’s going to be a showstopper.

    Get the Recipe @ completelydelicious

    31. Creamy Tuscan Chicken

    Make your family a crave-worthy dinner with this incredibly Creamy Tuscan Chicken recipe!

    This one-skillet dish is loaded with chicken, spinach, sun-dried, and cherry tomatoes in a silky and flavorful coconut milk sauce. It’s just brimming with wonderful flavors.

    Get the Recipe @ theroastedroot

    32. Coconut Chicken Meatball Curry

    Another flavorful Thai-influenced recipe for you to try is this Coconut Chicken Meatball Curry.

    This luscious curry is jammed packed with mouth-watering flavors and tasty meatballs. This is going to be your favorite cozy meal.

    Get the Recipe @ halfbakedharvest

    33. Coconut Beef Curry

    We just love this super comforting Coconut Beef Curry. This amazing recipe is all about delicious warm spices in a creamy coconut milk gravy.

    Enjoy it as its own, or with rice for a wholly satisfying meal.

    Get the Recipe @ supergoldenbakes

    34. Coconut Curry Salmon with Garlic Butter

    Wow everyone, this classy Coconut Curry Salmon with Garlic Butter, it’s going to win your heart and soul.

    The Thai curry paste, coconut milk, and curry powder all make the creamy sauce just too delicious, and the perfectly seasoned and broiled salmon tastes just divine.

    Super duper yummy salmon dish that you all will relish.

    Get the Recipe @ halfbakedharvest

    35. Spinach & Sausage Pasta

    Let’s end our list of glorious Coconut Milk Recipes with the extremely delicious Spinach & Sausage Pasta recipe. This gluten-free and dairy-free pasta has all Classic Italian flavors and the sausages and spinach make an amazing combo, and the best part is everything comes together in less than half an hour. So what are you waiting for? try all our delicious recipes and impress everyone at home.

    Get the Recipe @ allergyawesomeness

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    35 BEST Coconut Milk Recipes

    This collection of great Coconut Milk Recipes includes a huge variety of dishes from spicy curries to sweet desserts. We love this easy Jamaican rice side dish:


    • 2 Tbsp cooking oil
    • 1/2 small onion, diced
    • 3 scallions, diced
    • 3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 1/2 inch ginger, finely chopped
    • 1 scotch bonnet pepper
    • 5-6 allspice berries, whole
    • 4-5 sprigs fresh thyme
    • 1 13.5oz can coconut milk
    • 1.5 cups water
    • 2 cups long grain rice
    • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed


    1. Heat oil in a large pot (we used a 5qt dutch oven) over medium high heat. Sauté onion, ginger, garlic, scallions, scotch bonnet pepper, thyme and allspice for 5 minutes.
    2. Add coconut milk and 2 cups of water to the pot. Increase temperature to high and bring to a boil.
    3. Stir in rice and kidney beans. Reduce heat to medium low. Cover and cook for 20 minutes.

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