33 Easy To Make Coconut Milk Recipes

Coconut milk is a delicious ingredient that definitely needs to be celebrated more.

33 Easy To Make Coconut Milk Recipes

You may think you can only really use it in a few recipes, but you’d be surprised to know that coconut milk is very diverse and it works in both sweet and savory dishes.

We have put together a list of 33 easy-to-make coconut recipes for you to try right here, so let’s dive straight in and get your cooking inspiration flowing!

1. Coconut Rice

Kicking off the list, we have a classic recipe that you simply have to try if you want to utilize coconut milk.

Coconut rice is a fluffy and delicious dish you can use as a side dish or a main, depending on what you want to add to it.

It’s incredibly easy to make and you only need 5 ingredients to create this amazing dish. The coconut in the rice really brings out an added flavor to this dish that will leave you wanting more.

You can find the recipe for coconut rice here.

2. Coconut Ice Cream

If you’re looking for something sweet that isn’t too heavy on the unhealthy side, then you’ll definitely want to try this coconut milk-based coconut ice cream.

One of the great things about coconut ice cream is that you can add a number of extra toppings and ingredients, from chocolate chips to coffee, to your favorite fruits, so you can really make this recipe your own.

You can find the recipe for coconut ice cream here.

3. Coconut Milk French Toast

If you’re a fan of french toast and you’re looking to add a little twist to it, then this coconut milk french toast recipe is perfect for you.

This recipe is completely dairy free (see also ‘27 Easy Dairy-Free Dessert Recipes‘), but it does include eggs, so it’s not vegan, but it’s definitely great for vegetarians.

You can find the recipe for this coconut milk french toast here.

4. Coconut Curry

Most people don’t make a curry without coconut milk anyway, so it only makes sense that we include a curry that is completely dedicated to coconut on this list.

Besides tasting absolutely delicious, this coconut curry is incredibly easy to make and it will only take you 30 minutes in the kitchen. You’ll be dining on a creamy, coconut curry in no time!

You can find the recipe for this coconut curry here.

5. Coconut Milk Chicken Breasts

Perhaps you want something that has meat in it and isn’t a vegetarian dish at all. Well, if that’s the case, you should try this coconut milk chicken breast dish.

This dish contains a blend of cream and spices that are sure to make your tastebuds tingle.

On top of being absolutely delicious, this dish is also incredibly healthy and low in calories, so you can enjoy these chicken breasts without worrying about being unhealthy.

You can find the recipe for this dish here.

6. Creamy Coconut Smoothie

If you’re a smoothie lover, then you definitely want to try this creamy coconut smoothie.

You can make your daily smoothie as normal, all you have to do to make your smoothie, is take out the greek yogurt and put in the coconut milk instead.

You’ll be feeling ready for the day when you have this creamy coconut smoothie in your recipe book.

You can find the recipe for this smoothie here.

7. Coconut Flour Pancakes

If you love pancakes then you probably already know you can mix pretty much anything in with pancakes and they’ll taste good. But have you ever considered making coconut pancakes before?

All you have to do with this recipe is use coconut flour instead of normal flour and add in a generous amount of coconut milk and you’ll be tasting pancakes you wish you’d discovered sooner.

You can find the recipe for these coconut flour pancakes here.

8. Vegan Alfredo Sauce With Coconut Milk

This recipe is perfect for vegans or anyone who has a gum-free or gluten-free diet. It tastes just like regular alfredo sauce, but the inclusion of coconut milk will give it a sweeter, creamier taste.

It’s also super easy to make, so you won’t have to worry about being a master chef if you want to make something that tastes good.

You can find the recipe for this vegan alfredo sauce here.

9. Spicy Coconut & Lime Cilantro Sauce

If you enjoy coconut-flavored sauces, but you want something a bit more spicy than the vegan alfredo, then you should give this spicy coconut & lime cilantro sauce a try.

You can use this spicey coconut & lime cilantro sauce on almost any occasion as well, from pasta to salad dressings.

It’s incredibly diverse in its uses and it is the perfect blend of spicy from the cilantro and creamy from the coconut.

The lime gives it an extra subtle tang that will make you want to come back for more.

You can find the recipe for this cilantro sauce here.

10. Coconut Creamed Corn

This coconut creamed corn recipe is the perfect dish for you if you want a dish that will impress your guests.

It’s extremely creamy but doesn’t lose its savory flavor, making it the perfect dish to serve in a big spread.

This recipe is absolutely bursting with flavor.

Along with the creaminess of the coconut milk, you will also be greeted with the tastes of jalapeno peppers, garlic cloves, coriander seed, and ground cumin, so you’ll never get bored of this coconut creamed corn dish.

You can find the recipe for this coconut creamed corn here.

11. Coconut Curry Soup

There’s nothing quite like some warm soup on a chilly, winter’s eve, and this coconut curry soup is definitely one you want on those nights.

The beauty of this recipe is that once you’ve made the base curry soup, you can add practically anything else to the dish and it will still be delicious.

This is one of those recipes you can really play around with and experiment with and you never have to make it the same way twice.

You can find the recipe for this coconut curry soup here.

12. Coconut Curried Greens

If you’re looking for a dish that is packed with green vegetables, is delicious, and is incredibly creamy, then this coconut curried greens recipe might be just what you’re looking for.

For those who might be wondering what one of the main ingredients, collard greens, are, they are similar to kale and spinach, and sort of a cross between the two.

If you don’t want to use collard greens, then you can substitute kale and/or spinach for this recipe if you’d like to.

You can find the recipe for this coconut curried greens dish here.

13. Coconut Buttercream Frosting

Because coconut and coconut milk is so creamy and sweet, it really does work well in a vast array of deserts.

If you’re looking for a recipe that will allow you to make your own buttercream frosting for cakes and other related sweet foods, then this coconut buttercream frosting is perfect to try.

This recipe in particular is very similar to standard buttercream frosting, but it uses coconut milk to give you that unique taste.

Once you’ve tried this buttercream frosting, you won’t want to go back to the normal recipe!

You can find the recipe for this coconut buttercream frosting here.

14. Easy 2 Ingredient Coconut Yogurt

For any yogurt lovers out there, you can combine coconut milk with yogurt in no time at all to create an even sweeter and creamier dish you would have never dreamed of before.

This coconut yogurt recipe is so easy to make. You only need two ingredients, which are, of course, coconut milk, and then probiotic capsules.

On top of that, there are only 3 steps you need to follow, so this isn’t a recipe that is complicated, nor will it take up a huge chunk of time to make.

You can find the recipe for this easy 2 ingredient coconut yogurt here.

15. Coconut Fish Curry

If you thought that coconut milk only worked with sweet things and white meat, then you’d be mistaken!

For all the fish lovers out there, you definitely need to try this coconut fish curry recipe.

The hardest part of executing this recipe correctly is making sure that you don’t overcook your fish, so overall, this is a relatively easy dish for you to make that will warm your belly and leave you feeling satisfied after every bite.

You can find the recipe for this delightful coconut fish curry here.

16. Thai Mango Coconut Pudding

This Thai mango and coconut pudding is perfect for anyone who wants a dessert that will taste like a tropical paradise.

The mango and the coconut pair together perfectly and will leave you feeling like you’re on vacation.

Another great thing about this Thai mango coconut pudding is that it is completely vegan, so if you have a diet that is a bit more restricted, you’ll likely be able to enjoy this recipe with no issues.

You can find the recipe for this Thai mango coconut pudding here.

17. Coconut Golden Milk

Golden Milk has been used in Ayurveda practices for thousands of years. It is believed that golden milk holds a lot of healing properties when it is consumed regularly, and it also tastes fantastic as well.

This particular recipe for golden milk adds coconut milk to give it a creamier taste and it’s also completely vegan as well.

It’s incredibly simple to make and won’t take very much time out of your day, so you’ll be enjoying the healing benefits of this wonderful elixir in no time at all.

Lots of people add in honey to sweeten their golden milk, so if you do plan to add some yourself, you’ll want to make sure that you add it in last and do so in moderation.

It’s better to add less at first so you’ll be able to rectify it easily.

You can find the recipe for this coconut golden milk here.

18. Malaysian Tofu Curry

This is a recipe that definitely needs to be tried by all the tofu lovers out there. It is a Malaysian-style curry that is sure to leave you feeling warm, full, and satisfied after you’ve eaten it.

On top of its delicious taste, this tofu curry is extremely easy to make and will only take you 30 minutes in total to prep and cook.

You will be dining on this coconut milk-infused curry in no time at all.

As well as the obvious coconut milk flavors, other ingredients in this curry include chili powder, cinnamon, garlic, turmeric, and coriander, so you will have an array of flavors exploding in your mouth when you sample this dish.

To make this Malaysian tofu curry, you can find the recipe here.

19. Coconut and Mixed Berry Popsicles

On a really hot day, all you want to do is find things that will cool you right down, and these coconut and mixed berry popsicles are the perfect way to do that.

The creaminess of the coconut mixed with the tanginess of the mixed berries will offer you all the flavor you could want, while also keeping your body temperature down when the weather is scorching hot.

This recipe is very easy to make and for the most part, you should have the right groceries at home already, so you could make these popsicles now!

To make this coconut and mixed berry popsicle recipe, you can find it here.

20. Coconut Rice Pudding

Rice pudding is an extremely popular dish that is loved and adored by millions of people all over the world.

Lots of people consider rice pudding to be a “comfort food” because it’s so easy to make and doesn’t take very long to make either.

This variation of rice pudding is special though because it takes the classic and beloved recipe and it added in delicious coconut milk, so you end up having a beautiful twist on this classic dessert.

It is one of the dishes on this list that will take a bit longer to make, it will take you about an hour altogether, but the extra time is completely worth it for the taste and comfort it will bring you and your loved ones.

You can find the recipe for this coconut rice pudding here.

21. Mochi Cake

Mochi is a type of butter that hails from the tropical islands of Hawaii. This mochi cake takes the base of mochi butter and turns it into a beautiful dessert you simply have to try.

This desert uses not only coconut milk, but also coconut oil, so it will be extra creamy and coconut in flavor.

You can find the recipe for this Mochi Cake here.

22. Thai Pumpkin Soup

Another dish that is based on Thai cooking, this pumpkin soup is absolutely delicious and perfect for those cooler autumn nights.

Pumpkin soup in general is a bit of a fan favorite, so you definitely need to try this recipe. It is rich in its use in coconut milk, which is why it’s made it onto this list.

You will find the full recipe for this Thai pumpkin soup here.

23. Coconut Milk Cookies

Cookies are already a fan favorite when it comes to baking, so why not make some cookies with a coconut twist?

These coconut milk cookies use a generous amount of coconut milk and they should come out chewy, gooey, and filled with happiness when they are baked.

You will find the recipe for these coconut milk cookies here.

24. Poached Cod In Coconut Milk

Another one for fish lovers, this recipe is all about coconut milk and cod!

The cod is poached and drenched in coconut milk, giving you a beautiful taste and texture that will leave you feeling warm and satisfied after you’ve eaten it.

You can find the recipe for this dish here.

25. Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate Recipe

Coconut milk and hot chocolate go hand in hand with each other and when it’s made right, it are one of the best things you will ever taste!

You can use other kinds of milk in this recipe, but it’s heavily advised that you go for coconut milk because it really makes this hot chocolate stand out from other hot cocoa drinks.

You can find the recipe for this hot chocolate here.

26. Coconut Strawberry Banana Smoothie

If you love the taste of coconut and also bananas and strawberries, then this is the perfect smoothie for you.

It will combine all of the ingredients together to give you an absolutely beautiful flavor that will leave you feeling refreshed and energized ready for your day.

You can find the full recipe here.

27. Coconut Milk Latte

Don’t think for a second that we’ve forgotten about the coffee lovers out there! And before you ask, yes, coconut milk works perfectly with coffee!

Besides the beautiful taste of coconut milk, this latte is also dairy free, so it’s available to loads of people with different dietary needs.

You can find the full recipe here.

28. Coconut Lentil Curry

This coconut lentil curry is extremely creamy and mixes the strong taste of turmeric with the beautifully sweet taste of coconut milk.

If you don’t like turmeric though, you can substitute it with green or red curry paste, depending on your preference.

You can find the full recipe here.

29. Coconut Oatmeal

This variation of oatmeal is extremely sweet and the perfect way to start your day. The addition of coconut milk gives it that extra oomph and really makes it stand out from regular oatmeal.

You can find the full recipe here.

30. Coconut Chia Pudding

Chia puddings are incredibly popular because you can make so many variations and they will always taste good.

Here we have a coconut chia pudding that you’ll want to eat again and again once you try it for the first time.

You can find the full recipe here.

31. Banana Tapioca Instant Pot

This dessert is reminiscent of jelly. It is made from different starches and it is very popular in Asian cultures (see also ‘26 Fantastic Filipino Desserts‘).

This particular variation is filled with bananas and uses coconut milk to make it even more creamy and tasty.

You can find the full recipe here.

32. Coconut Chickpea Curry

If you love the taste of chickpeas, then you definitely need to try this coconut chickpea curry!

Besides the beautiful taste the coconut adds to the chickpea, it is also incredibly nutritious and healthy, so you can enjoy it guilt free!

You can find the full recipe here.

33. Thai Broccoli Soup With Coconut Milk, Spinach, And Lemons

And finally, we have this wonderful broccoli soup that is infused with coconut milk.

The addition of spinach gives you all the nutrients you need and the lemon adds a little bitterness that works well with the overall flavor.

You can find the full recipe here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Coconut Milk Should I Use?

The amount of coconut milk you use purely depends on the dish and the recipe itself.

It will vary depending on what you are making, so make sure you check the recipe thoroughly before you add the coconut milk.

How Can I Make The Coconut Milk Taste Better?

A little trick that people tend to use to make coconut milk taste better is to add a very small amount of baking soda.

The baking soda actually neutralizes the lauric acid in the coconut and it will enhance the flavor of the milk.

What Spices Go Well With Coconut Milk?

There are so many spices that go well with coconut milk.

Some of the most popular spices include sugar, maple syrup, brown sugar, allspice, curry, turmeric, chili pepper, garlic, ginger, cumin, basil, black pepper, lemongrass, coriander, cilantro, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla.

Can I Microwave Coconut Milk?

You will be perfectly ok to microwave coconut milk (see also ‘23 Microwave Desserts For When You’re Craving Something Sweet‘). It isn’t a dairy product and as long as you keep an eye on it while it microwaves, you should be fine.

The best amount of time you should keep it in the microwave is about 15 seconds at a time.

If you need to microwave it a couple of times, make sure you stir it in between these 15-second intervals and carefully test it to know when it is done!


As you can see, there are plenty of dishes you can make with coconut milk as the main and base ingredient.

Give some of these recipes a try and see which one you love the most!

33 Easy To Make Coconut Milk Recipes

33 Easy To Make Coconut Milk Recipes

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