Coconut milk is so rich and creamy, you might never guess that it’s actually dairy-free. That makes it a wonderful replacement for cream in so many recipes, from spicy curries to decadent-tasting desserts. If you’ve been wondering how to use a can of coconut milk that’s been sitting in your pantry, we’re here to inspire you with these delicious recipes.
Easy Vegan Tofu Satay in Coconut Sauce
Look after vegans at your summer backyard parties with this super-tasty tofu satay. With only a handful of ingredients, including coconut milk and peanut butter, this meatless main is budget-friendly and easy to make. Even carnivores will want to get in on the insanely delicious satay sauce.
Poached Chicken Thighs in Coconut Curry with Cilantro
When you want to impress guests, but don’t want to be chained to the kitchen, try this chicken that’s ready in 30 minutes, but tastes like you cooked all day. Use a mixture of coconut milk and chicken broth to poach inexpensive thighs and diced sweet potatoes, adding fresh cilantro for extra flavor. Serve with white or brown rice.
Baked Curried Chicken With Coconut Milk Sauce
Tender chunks of chicken in a flavorful curried coconut milk sauce make a warming dinner on winter evenings. Flaked coconut adds fantastic flavor to the baked chicken and golden raisins add an extra, sweet surprise. Serve with rice and green peas for a complete meal.
Vegan Pumpkin Coconut Soup
It takes only 20 minutes to whip up this delicious vegan pumpkin soup that tastes like fall in a bowl. Make it all year round using canned pumpkin puree and coconut milk, vegetable broth, onion, vegan margarine, and fragrant spices. Even better? The soup can be frozen for up to two months.
Thai Chicken Soup With Coconut Milk (Tom Ka Gai)
Tom ka gai is a popular Thai soup that sings with sweet, salty, spicy, and sour flavors. The medley of tender sliced chicken and earthy mushrooms in a well-seasoned, lemony coconut milk broth is out-of-this-world delicious and especially comforting when you are nursing a cold. Add cooked rice noodles to make it a satisfying dinner in one bowl.
Vietnamese Coconut Chicken Curry
You’ve tried Indian and Thai curries—now try this tasty Vietnamese chicken curry. Coconut milk adds luxurious texture and mild sweetness to a satisfying melange of tender chicken pieces, russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrots, all seasoned with ginger, garlic, fish sauce, and curry powder.
See? So many dishes that you can cook with a can of coconut. The combination of flavors is outstanding, and the colorful medley of ingredients looks pretty on the plate, too. You can mix with anything you like. If you vegan, you may use tofu or mushroom to combine with.