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23 Recipes That Use a Can of Coconut Milk

Delicious, healthy coconut milk recipes that are perfect for using up a can of coconut milk! You’ll find flavorful dinner recipes and plenty of incredible desserts that are naturally dairy free thanks to coconut milk.

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I can’t tell you how excited I’ve been to put this roundup together. You guys already know how real my love is for all things curry, and I recently realized how frequently I go through cans of coconut for both sweet and savory recipes. Coconut milk is the true MVP of my pantry, and with these 23 delicious recipes I promise it will be yours, too.

What is coconut milk used for?

The best part about cooking and baking with coconut milk is that you can use it almost all of the ways you’d use a regular dairy milk or your favorite nut milk. It’s dairy free, slightly thicker, and more flavorful than regular nut milks, which means it’s perfect for adding a natural sweetness to simple recipes like my almond flour pancakes and the caramel in this incredible peach crisp.

What is the best coconut milk for cooking and baking?

I usually use a lite can of coconut milk when I’m cooking things like curries, soups, and savory sauces, as well as when I use a dairy free milk in my baked goods. You can absolutely use a full fat coconut milk to add an even creamier texture to your dish – it’s all up to you! Full fat coconut milk is delicious when added to coffee, and even whips into creams.

My go-to paleo frosting uses a can of coconut cream, which is even thicker than full fat coconut milk. It’s perfect for cakes, cupcakes, and whipping into a delicious mousse.

This week I challenge you to pick up a can (or 10) of coconut milk and try out these sweet & savory recipes. From cozy soups to a 24K gold latte that will make your morning, these recipes will be ones to make again and again. Enjoy, xoxo!

1. Healing Lemongrass Chickpea Thai Green Curry with Toasted Coconut Brown Rice

2. Golden Coconut Chicken Lentil Soup

3. Sheet Pan Zucchini Chicken Meatballs with Coconut Curry Sauce

4. One Pan Caribbean Jerk Chicken with Pineapple-Coconut Rice

Coconut Chicken Sweet Potato Noodle Soup in two bowls

5. Paleo Coconut Chicken Sweet Potato Noodle Soup

6. One Pan Thai Coconut Yellow Curry Chicken & Rice

coconut cauliflower curry with peas and red bell pepper in a skillet with a spoon

7. Thai Peanut Coconut Cauliflower Chickpea Curry

tofu, spinach, sweet potatoes, and coconut rice in a bowl with a fork

8. Vegan Macadamia Coconut Tofu Bowls

tandoori chicken and rice in a skillet with lime wedges and a wooden spoon

9. One Pan Tandoori Chicken with Spiced Coconut Rice

tofu curry with bell peppers in a bowl

10. Vegetarian Tofu Cashew Coconut Curry

11. Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken with Sticky Coconut Purple Rice

12. Gluten Free Peach Crisp with Salted Coconut Milk Caramel

zucchini noodles with vegetables in coconut sauce in a bowl

13. Sweet Potato Zoodle Bowls with Golden Turmeric Coconut Milk Sauce

14. One Pan Ginger Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce

15. Vegan & Gluten Free Curry Chickpea Pot Pie with Sweet Potato ‘Crust’

drizzling syrup on a stack of almond flour pancakes on a plate

16. 5-Ingredient Almond Flour Pancakes

two mini skillets of apple crisp topped with cream

17. Vanilla Coconut Milk Caramel Apple Crisp for Two

thai butternut squash soup in two mugs

18. Healing Thai Butternut Squash Lentil Soup (with a slow cooker option!)

tofu curry with veggies in a bowl

19. Vegan Slow Cooker Tofu Tikka Masala

vegan hot chocolate in a mug next to squares of dark chocolate

20. Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

coconut chicken soup in a bowl

21. Golden Turmeric Chickpea Chicken Soup

vegan corn chowder in a bowl with a spoon

22. Vegan Curried Sweet Potato Corn Chowder

23. 24K Gold Vanilla Turmeric Latte

If you make any of these coconut milk recipes, be sure to leave a comment and let me know how you liked it! I’d love to see your creations, too, so share a photo on Instagram with #AmbitiousKitchen or in our Facebook Group. xo

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