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Apr 11, 2002 11:41 AM

Recipes or links to recipes with coconut milk ?

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Can anyone recommend a good recipe for a main course that uses coconut milk as an ingredient? Preferably with fish, chicken or vegetables (no tofu, please). I’m looking for a recipe where the end product actually has some coconut taste. So far, I’ve tried 3 different recipes that use coconut milk, where I could just as well have used cooking cream instead.
While am at it, I once had a recipe for a dessert of plaintain cooked in coconut milk, but now I can't find it anywhere and I don't remember what else was in it. Any ideas?
Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

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  1. Have you tried Thai recipes. There are a ton that use coconut milk. Rather than suggest any particular one, I recommend you browse a bit. A Google search for "recipe thai coconut milk" yielded a lot of interesting hits. See link below. I personally like the book "Real Thai" by Nancie McDermott.

    Pat G.


      1. The majority of recipes that use coconut milk are not necessarilly going to taste over-coconutty, and plain cream would not substitute well w/o dramatically changing the dish's character.

        One exception I can think of would be Tom Kha's a randomly grabbed recipe, you can probably search for an even better one:

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          Vanessa On The Town

          That's what I had for dinner last night. Inspired by something I saw on the Naked Chef, but we used a
          pre-made Thai green curry mix that we got at Trader Joe's. Then we enhanced it a little with some additional garlic, ginger and yellow curry. You can also make your own curry from scratch. On, Naked Chef's recipe for Eat In Curry. We just did it the easier way. We simmered the sauce for awhile, cubed some New Zealand Sea Bass (various firm fish will work for this like Haddock and others), dropped it in the sauce and simmered for about 10 minutes until the fish was cooked. Served it over white rice garnished with fresh cilantro (coriander). On the side I made a salad with fresh Persian cucumber, red tomato, thin slivers of sweet onion, a little sesame oil, rice vinegar, ginger, salt, pepper and a touch of sugar. Really great and easy meal. Jamie Oliver used whole filets of fish, but cubing it seemed to work really well.

          1. Here's a reasonably lightly spiced dish using quite a bit of coconut along with coconut milk.