If you often find yourself with leftover canned coconut milk, this post is for you! From breakfast to dinner to decadent desserts, here are 50 canned coconut milk recipes!
The Stuff I’ve Googled series is all about using up common leftover ingredients before you find them developing mystery mold in the far reaches of your refrigerator.
Here’s what we’ve covered so far:
Today, I’ve got over 50 canned coconut milk recipes to share, but before we dive in, I want to share a little more about canned coconut milk and why it’s a staple in my pantry.
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Coconut Milk Uses
Canned coconut milk is naturally dairy free and has a range of uses. It has a very mild coconut flavor, so even if you don’t like coconut, you’ll likely still enjoy using coconut milk in recipes.
Coconut milk’s creamy and refreshing texture makes it a perfect fit for beverages and smoothies, like this Tropical Mint Smoothie or Orange Julius recipe. It’s also excellent in iced coffees, like this Iced Coffee with Coconut Milk.
Coconut milk is also a great dairy free option for cereals, oatmeals, and even coffee creamer.
Many traditional curries and Thai soups call for canned coconut milk, and it can also be used in baked goods.
I’ve included many coconut milk desserts below, and you can even whip the separated layer of fat in canned coconut milk into a wonderful dairy free whipped cream!
How Long Does Coconut Milk Last?
Sealed canned coconut milk will last indefinitely. Once the can is open, transfer any leftovers to a sealed container and use within 4-6 days.
Coconut milk can be frozen, but the liquid may separate. For this reason, I usually only freeze coconut milk for use in smoothies, where it will be blended up. An ice cube tray is perfect for freezing coconut milk for this use!
Can you substitute fresh coconut milk for canned?
In many recipes, substituting fresh coconut milk for canned will work perfectly fine. However, some recipes (like coconut whipped cream) need a higher fat content in order to turn out properly. I personally prefer the richer and creamier texture of full fat canned coconut milk, but if you’re in a pinch, many of the recipes featured here will work fine with fresh.
Canned coconut milk is unsweetened and unflavored, so if you’re substituting with refrigerated coconut milk, make sure you’re using an unsweetened and unflavored variety!
Coconut Milk Recipes
Coconut Milk Breakfast Recipes
Overnight Chia Pudding with Fruit from NeighborFood
Coconut Waffles from Belly Full
Pina Colada Pancakes from Dizzy Busy and Hungry
Banana Coconut Milk Pancakes from Chocolate Moosey
3-Ingredient Non-Dairy Coconut Coffee Creamer from Kitchen Treaty
Belgian Waffles with Banana and Coconut Caramel Sauce from Taste Love and Nourish
Banana Berry Crunch Baked Oatmeal from Spoonful of Flavor
Strawberry Coconut Polenta Breakfast Bowls from Running to the Kitchen
Strawberry Jam Breakfast Quinoa from NeighborFood
Coconut Milk Crepes with Lemon-Streaked Strawberries from ¡Hola! Jalapeño
Spicy Coconut Milk Clams from Nutmeg Nanny
Coconut Milk Recipes for Dinner (Main Dish)
One Pot Braised Chicken in Coconut Milk from NeighborFood (featured in collage)
Turkey and Butternut Squash Curry from NeighborFood (featured in collage)
Coconut Lime Chicken Drumsticks from Will Cook for Smiles
Coconut Mango Baked Chicken from Cooking on the Weekends
Pulled Tandoori Chicken from The Big Man’s World
30 Minute Dairy-Free Creamy Tuscan Chicken from Allergy Awesomeness
Honey Sriracha Coconut Grilled Chicken Fingers from Iowa Girl Eats
Coconut-Rum Grilled Shrimp from Home Cooking Memories
Coconut Pale Ale Curry Cod from The Beeroness
Easy Coconut Curry Shrimp from Eating Bird Food
Vegan Butternut Squash Bisque from The Roasted Root
Coconut Milk Soups
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Shrimp from NeighborFood (featured in collage)
Creamy Chipotle, Chicken & Tomato Soup from The Creative Bite
Creamy Thai Coconut, Chicken, and Veggie Soup from NeighborFood
Creamy Red Lentil Carrot Soup from Nutmeg Nanny
Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Soup from From Valerie’s Kitchen
Tom Kha Gai Soup from The Hungry Goddess
Thai Coconut Zoodle Soup from A Cedar Spoon
Salmon Coconut Chowder from Foolproof Living
Jerk Shrimp Stew with Cauliflower Rice from Food Faith Fitness
Chocolate Coconut Sheet Cake from I Heart Eating
Coconut Milk Dessert Recipes
Dad’s Coconut Cream Pie from Mom on Timeout
Banana Cream Parfaits from Wine Lady Cooks
Vegan Cranberry Cheesecake Bars from Natural Girl Modern World
Coconut Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce from The View from Great Island
5-Minute Chocolate Coconut Mousse from Meaningful Eats
Cookie Butter from Donuts, Dresses, and Dirt
Vegan Coconut Pudding from Texanerin Baking
Crock Pot Rice Pudding from The Roasted Root
Cookies and Coconut Cream Popsicles from The View from Great Island
Coconut Milk Ice Cream and Popsicles
Coconut Coffee Cream Pops from Running to the Kitchen
Strawberry Chia Coconut Popsicles from Cooking LSL
Coconut Ice Cream from Noshing with the Nolands
Mint Chocolate Chip Avocado Ice Cream from Peas and Peonies (pictured in collage)
Coconut and Peach Creamy Ice Pops from Will Cook for Smiles
Coconut Coffee Ice Cream from Baked by Rachel
Tropical Mint Smoothies from NeighborFood
Coconut Milk Smoothie and Beverage Recipes
Vanilla Iced Coffee with Coconut Milk from NeighborFood
Strawberry Coconut Smoothie from Mom on Timeout
Strawberry Vanilla Coolers from NeighborFood
Peppermint Mocha from A Girl Worth Saving
Toasted Coconut Frozen Hot Chocolate from Chocolate Moosey