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:
How do you coconut? Tell us about your recipes in the comments below.
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).