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In our humble opinion, coconut milk is the most underrated ingredient in your pantry. It’s easy to find in the grocery store and has a subtle flavor, making it ideal for breakfasts, entrées and everything in between. The canned (and sometimes boxed) liquid is different from coconut water, which is the clear liquid found inside a coconut. To make coconut milk, the flesh of the fruit is blended to create a creamy white liquid that tastes and looks similar to cow’s milk. Totally dairy-free and nonperishable, coconut milk can be used in sweet or savory dishes, and adds a ridiculous amount of creaminess to any recipe. Ready to pop open a can? Here are 33 incredible coconut milk recipes to get you started. (bye, heavy cream).
Ditch the takeout menu.
You need only three ingredients to make this super creamy, indulgent vegan treat. Bonus points if you serve it out of a frozen pineapple.
Coconut can get a bad rap because it’s high in fat, but don’t worry. Those are healthy fats, which fill you up and keep you satiated, a key component of any low-carb diet.
Best hybrid recipe ever. Seriously. (And it’s dairy-free, which is the ultimate risotto hack.)
Don’t forget breakfast.
Because finger food fun is the most fun.
It all comes together in the fridge.
It doesn’t taste healthy (but it is).
Just as smooth, tangy and dippable as the cheese version.
Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and hard-work-free, this soup is a delicious and healthy miracle.
Creamy, dreamy and downright delicious.
If you’ve ever worried about drying out a whole chicken, this recipe that cooks poultry in its own sauce has your name all over it. Once you master the technique, feel free to play around with flavors.
Oooh, look at you, making pudding from chia seeds. You’re so healthy. Dress it up with fruit, honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
These meatballs aren’t just exceptionally good-looking. They’re tasty too.
So warm and comforting, it’s like a big hug in a bowl.
This mashup of Thai and Eastern European flavors is unlike any soup you’ve ever eaten. A little sweet, a little spicy and super rich and creamy.
Are we even worthy of this recipe? It’s low on carbs, high on creaminess and so, so tasty.
Fresh ginger, miso paste and coconut milk come together quickly for a wonderfully tasty, creamy bowl of ramen. This is comfort food at its finest.
Your favorite dairy-free ingredient magically tenderizes cutlets.
Like butter chicken, only vegan, this cauli dish uses coconut milk and coconut oil for creaminess.
A chunky chowder that’s creamy and a little crunchy. We know you won’t be able to stop making this one.
Cream of mushroom soup, hold the cream (and lucky for you, it’s impossible to tell the difference).
In just a few minutes you can have a pot of mussels in spicy, decadent sauce that’s even better with a side of fries or bread for dipping.
You’ll be craving this dairy-free hot chocolate during all four seasons. (And if the marshmallow art is too extra, it’s just as comforting without it.)
This curry paste–free recipe riffs on the flavors of curry using savory-sweet tamarind paste, lemongrass and herbs that coat the beef and veggies.
Sick of the same old seafood recipes? Spice up salmon night with this incredible sauce.
Any soup with dumplings in it is, statistically, the best soup on earth. We checked.
Add a little flair to a crisp veggie side with this recipe that uses light coconut milk to build a sauce for roasted Brussels.
When soup cravings hit, whip up this bright green herb-packed bowl, which starts with frozen peas and a can of coconut milk.
You’ve probably caught on that coconut milk works really well in curry. Don’t snooze on this one.
Have you ever seen anything more adorable? (No, the answer is no.)
This vegan, gluten-free dessert is extra decadent, creamy, crispy and fabulous for any occasion. (Even if that occasion is sitting on your couch.)
Bonus: This can be made with practically any veggie.
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