12 Fresh Coconut Recipes That Put the Sweet Meat to Delicious Use
After you've gone to the trouble of cracking a coconut, what do you do with the meat? The soft, nutty taste works well in so many different contexts, from desserts to savory dishes. Here, our favorite recipes starring the versatile coconut.
A single coconut tree can bloom as many as 13 times a year, producing about 60 large fruits each time. Inside those green orbs are pits -- the coconuts -- which contain liquid to quench your thirst and tasty meat that can be shaved, grated, or chopped. When shopping for fresh coconut, pick a heavy one without cracks or damp "eyes"; shake it, and you should hear the juice inside.
President Tyler's Pudding Pie
Virginia-born president John Tyler was partial to this simple showstopper (hence the pie's name). It's worth grating your own coconut -- the fresh, creamy meat turns delightfully chewy in the oven and offsets the custardy filling perfectly.
Fluke Seviche with Coconut
Fluke is cured in tangy lime juice, then finished with fresh coconut, ginger, garlic, black mustard seeds, lime zest, and a touch of salt and sugar in this lively seviche.
Our take on the classic Indonesian dessert dumplings call for a three-ingredient dough (sticky rice flour, coconut milk, and salt), brown-sugar filling, and fresh coconut exterior.
Puree the meat from a young green coconut with a couple tablespoons of fresh coconut water and lemon juice for a "yogurt" of sorts. It makes a light, delectable breakfast when topped with blueberries and raw honey.
Baked Coconut Chips
Thin strips of fresh coconut are tossed with brown sugar and white pepper, then given a quick turn in the oven until fragrant and golden. Serve hot or at room temperature, preferably alongside a glass of cooling Limeade.
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Birch de Noel
Fresh coconut pull double duty in this spectacular holiday dessert -- it's grated for the cake filling and shaved and baked for the garnish.
Fresh coconut is grated and cooked with brown sugar, nutmeg, and a splash of water for the super flavorful filling in these classic West Indian-style pastries.
Apricot Pie with Coconut Crumble
Dried coconut goes into the chewy topping for this summery pie, while fresh coconut is shaved and toasted for a next-level garnish.
Coconut Crepes with Fresh Mangoes
Freshly grated coconut and unsweetened coconut milk amp up the batter for these Indian-inspired crepes stuffed with juicy wedges of mango.
Grated fresh coconut is just one of five ingredients in these unfussy no-bake bars. They're also gluten- and egg-free -- just the thing for a bake sale!
Coconut is a triple threat in this tropical ice cream recipe -- it calls for grated fresh coconut, coconut cream, and dried coconut flakes.
Shaved fresh coconut makes a lovely final flourish for this cardamom- and cinnamon-spiced basmati rice.