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Three Simple Ways: How to Toast Coconut

Three Simple Ways: How to Toast Coconut

How to Toast Coconut in three different ways using stove, microwave or oven. With this easy-to-follow guide, you’ll have fragrant coconut to use in your favorite recipes!

Oh, what a day what a day this day is turning out to be! I woke up early this morning to find close to 50 comments waiting for moderation on the blog and about a dozen emails in my inbox, all happy wishes from readers for my birthday. Awww, you guys! Thank you, thank you! I appreciate the

And the best news is, right this very minute, my favorite brat in the whole wide world is driving from Northern California to spend a week at home. What better gift is there than to have my daughter with me on my birthday?

Anyway, back to the topic you came here for. How to Toast Coconut is part of Kawaling Pinoy’s cooking tips series. I will be slowly expanding this section of the blog in the coming months so if you have any food prep topics and kitchen hacks you want to be covered, please let me know

Making toasted coconut is a very simple process but since it’s frequently used in Filipino cooking, I might as well have a standalone entry to refer to for recipes that incorporate it as an ingredient. Easy peasy, my friends, cook on medium heat, stir regularly for a minute or two and then turn off heat when the coconut shreds begin to brown to allow the residual heat of the pan to finish them off beautifully. So simple, it’s wise to keep a handy dandy jar of this stuff ready to use.

Toasted coconut is one of my favorite ingredients to add to baked goods. Although I love me some coconut straight from the bag, toasted coconut is definitely my favorite.

Did you know that coconuts made their own way around the world? Of course, traders brought them with them on travels 2,000 years ago, but because it can float, it’s also thought that the coconut spread itself throughout the subtropics.

I know that’s a little more history than I regularly delve into, but coconuts are pretty fascinating. And tasty. Plenty tasty.

Toasting coconut is a lot like toasting nuts in the sense that it really adds depth and brings out a lovely nuttiness that adds great flavor and texture to whatever recipe you add it to.

I also love it layered in with Greek yogurt, and fresh berries for a delicious breakfast parfait.

The coconut world is you


There are a few techniques for toasting coconut. You can use the stove top, the oven, and even the microwave. Personally, I am a big fan of the stove top method.

r oyster, and all it takes is a few minutes to toast it up. Let’s get to work!

I find I have a little more control, since I’m able to keep a constant eye on the coconut, plus frequent stirring allows for a more evenly toasted finished product, but the oven and microwave definitely do the trick too!

Like I mentioned, you can actually toast coconut in the microwave and as you can imagine, it’s super quick.

Microwave the coconut in 30 second increments; stirring each time. Continue cooking and stirring in 30 second increments until the coconut reaches the desired level of toastiness.

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