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In my favorite movie of the past two years, Moana, coconuts are very important. The characters love coconuts so much that they sing an entire song about its various uses, and they use every last bit of the coconut—its fibers, flesh, and sweet milk. While I don’t expect any readers of this site to make nets out of a coconut’s rough outside, there’s a lesson here: coconuts are infinitely generous, and with some creativity, can fold themselves into a variety of (edible) uses.

With this line of thinking, I went ahead and compiled the best savory recipes from our site that involve coconut. They're silky and sometimes spicy and make you consider the ingredient in unexpected ways. Try braising collard greens in the milk, or enhancing a taco with its signature creaminess. And if you, like me, have ever found yourself with a leftover jar of coconut milk in your fridge, then these recipes are here to help:

Scallop Crudo with Coconut Milk and Lime

Scallop Crudo with Coconut Milk and Lime by Josh Cohen

A Simple Homey, Coconut-y Red Lentil Dal

A Simple Homey, Coconut-y Red Lentil Dal by Nicholas Day

Thai Coconut Chicken Soup (Tom Kha Gai)

Thai Coconut Chicken Soup (Tom Kha Gai) by thaifoodie

Collard Greens Braised in Coconut Milk

Collard Greens Braised in Coconut Milk by Gena Hamshaw

Coconut Water–Braised Pork Belly (Thit Kho Tàu)
Coconut Water–Braised Pork Belly (Thit Kho Tàu)
Fish with Green Masala and Coconut Wrapped in Banana Leaves
Fish with Green Masala and Coconut Wrapped in Banana Leaves
Coconut-Lime Pork Tacos with Black Beans and Avocado

Coconut-Lime Pork Tacos with Black Beans and Avocado by EmilyC

Coconut-Turmeric Sticky Rice Pancakes

Coconut-Turmeric Sticky Rice Pancakes by Imogen Kwok

Burmese-Inspired Chicken Braised in Coconut Milk & Turmeric with Sweet Potato
Burmese-Inspired Chicken Braised in Coconut Milk & Turmeric with Sweet Potato
Khao Suey (Burmese Style Curried Noodle Soup)

Khao Suey (Burmese Style Curried Noodle Soup) by Rinku Bhattacharya /Spice C...

Instant Pot Beef Stew with Coconut Milk and Salted Peanuts

Instant Pot Beef Stew with Coconut Milk and Salted Peanuts by Daniel Shumski

Roasted Butternut Squash Coconut Curry Puree/Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash Coconut Curry Puree/Soup by testkitchenette

Baked Tofu with Coconut Kale

Baked Tofu with Coconut Kale by Alexandra Stafford

Picadillo Bowl

Picadillo Bowl by Food52

 Thai-Spiced Savory Granola

Thai-Spiced Savory Granola by Gena Hamshaw

How do you coconut? Tell us about your recipes in the comments below.

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Tags: Coconut, Weeknight Cooking, Winter, Quick and Easy, Roundup