Coconut milk is not only one of the healthiest things you could add to your diet; it’s also a tasty new ingredient for your dishes. This product comes with a whole variety of applications that could help widen your recipe horizons or bring a certain rich creaminess to the ones you already know how to make. It’s also incredibly accessible thanks to a number of coconut cream and milk suppliers making it available in supermarkets and groceries. Below are some dishes featuring coconut milk that you may want to try out:
Add coconut milk for healthier, heartier breakfasts
Jazz up your plain bowl of oatmeal with coconut milk – either on its own or to add the flavor of the tropics to a warm bowl cooked with regular milk and topped with fresh fruits. Coconut milk also goes great with quinoa, if you want to kick up the amount of fiber in your diet. It can also substitute for almond milk in your breakfast parfaits, providing you with a double dose of healthy fats. You can also choose to combine chia seeds with coconut milk and flavor it with your favorite compote. Light, but still filling, it’s sure to get you through to lunchtime with ease.
Coconut milk is also a great substitute for regular or nut milks in breakfast smoothies, offering the same creamy consistency you enjoy and have come to love, but making it a friendlier—and healthier—vegan option.
Make stellar main dishes with coconut milk
Coconut milk isn’t just for sweets and baked goods. In Southeast Asia where coconut is abundant, coconut cream and milk are also incorporated into main dishes for an unparalleled savory richness. It’s prominent in Indian, Malay, and Thai cuisines that use coconut cream and milk in copious amounts to make stews, curries, and even noodle dishes. Here in the Philippines, we use coconut cream and milk to make dishes such as ginataang gulay, laing, Bicol express, and more.
For a twist on the usual lunch or dinner menu, try making some laksa, a Malaysian curry noodle dish made richer with thick coconut cream. Gang garee gai is the Thai take on yellow chicken curry, again made with coconut milk and seasoned with fragrant yellow curry paste. Add some baby corn to the usual carrot and potatoes that you’re used to seeing in this dish for added variety. Finally, coconut milk pairs great with all kinds of seafood, so don’t be afraid to use it when stewing up mussels, shrimp, or other kinds of shellfish. You can also simmer whole fish fillets in coconut milk with some lemongrass, basil and fish sauce.
Create guilt-free coconut milk desserts and cocktails
We’ve talked about how coconut milk can be a great lactose-free dairy substitute, making it perfect for vegans and the lactose intolerant alike. You can use it in place of creamer in your coffee, make whipped cream with it, and even turn it into yogurt and ice cream.
Combining coconut milk with cashew happens to approach the texture of real cheesecake incredibly well without having to use a single dollop of dairy. Churn your coconut milk with some fruits in an ice cream maker and you’ll have a tropical indulgence within minutes that offers all of the satisfaction of your favorite sweet treat.
Want to get even more into the island mood? Coconut milk features prominently in the beach favorite Piña Colada, but you can also blitz up some rum with coconut milk and ice in a blender for a refreshing summer cocktail that you can have no matter where you are or what the weather’s like.
What are some of your favorite things to do with coconut milk?