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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.

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      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.

        Shellfish
        Pork
        Beef
        Chicken
        Lamb
        Rice
        Lentils
        Taro
        Lotus Root
        Split Peas
        Snap Peas
        Pineapple

        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