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10 Ways to Cook with Coconut Milk

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Good things come in tin cans. Case in point: sardines, whole tomatoes, beans galore—and coconut milk. We've said it before and we'll say it again: Coconut milk is one sexy, dreamy canned good. It's sweet but not cloyingly so, rich but not heavy. It's cheap! It adds depth to the savory and the sweet, from soup to cake. Its creamy, dairy-like qualities make it a vegan's best friend—and it can be your best friend too.

Here are 10 ways to make friends with coconut milk: 

Eat it for breakfast:

Toasted Almond and Coconut Quinoa Porridge by Gena Hamshaw



Make dinner better:

Sautéed Spring Mushrooms, Chiles + Cilantro in Caramelized Coconut Broth by CarolineWright



Vegan Kale and White Bean Korma by Alexandra Dawson




Cheap Creamy Chicken Curry by Table9



End on a sweet note:

Coconut Milk Rice Pudding with Citrus and Ginger by Gena Hamshaw



Vegan Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Ice Cream by Ashley McLaughlin

Ice cream 

More: Top off your vegan ice cream with a big dollop of coconut whipped cream.


Coconut Cajeta & Chocolate Fondue by hardlikearmour



Coconut Tres Leches by aargesi

Tres leches cake


Your Ten-Minute Bowl of Bananas in Coconut Milk by Nicholas Day



My Favorite Pina Colada by Merrill Stubbs

Pina Colada

This post originally ran July 2015.

How do you use coconut milk? Tell us in the comments!

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