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Apr 11, 2012 02:10 AM

Recipes for cooking with coconut oil?

Hi CHowhounders. I am looking for recipes for cooking with coconut oil. In looking some up, I've found ones for cooking sweets/baking, but I'm more interested in entrees...and not fried food. I read an older string on the topic on CH which turned into a debate on the positive/negatives on using coconut oil, and please, let's not get into that...just recipes you've used and the food tastes good. Thanks CH'ers!

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  1. I use coconut oil for just about anything where a solid shortening type of fat is called for (e.g. baking) or when it can be heated, like frying and stir-fry dishes. Can't think of too many dishes when I can't/don't use it, except salad dressings, actually.

    It seems that there's a lot of variation in how much coconut oils impart a coconut taste to the foods. I like coconut, and think it adds a lot to Chinese and Thai dishes especially.

    5 Replies
      1. re: magiesmom

        How do you use it in French toast? We have been adding it to stir fries lately, but other than that I have been stumped....

        1. re: saintp

          I use it as the fat to cook it in, as we like the flavor and it creates a nice crust leaving the inside soft.

      2. re: Transplant_DK

        coconut oil is great in a vinaigrette for a fruit salad. I make one with lime juice and coconut oil.

      3. Almost anything that could be considered either Thai or Southern Indian.

        Lotus Root
        Split Peas
        Snap Peas

        Personally, I love Coconut in everything. Just try to think "Tropical".

        Coconut comes from the Tropics and tends to go very well with almost everything from that area.

          1. Popcorn!!! A delightful entree!

            1. Coconut or Samoa Cinnamon Rolls
              Coconut Caramel
              Chicken Marinades
              Island Style Shrimp or Scallops
              Spring Roll Dipping Sauce
              Chicken Lettuce Wraps
              (White) Chocolate Ganache