My favorite coconut oil recipes
In a sense, any recipe could be a coconut oil recipe. What I mean by that is, you can substitute coconut oil for other oils (including butter, lard, olive oil—you name it) in just about any recipe known to man. Doing this will almost certainly make the recipe tastier. Coconut oil is delicious; it has a faintly tropical taste that is always present but never overpowering. It’s far and away my favorite cooking oil. It’s also one of the healthiest foods out there. Because coconut oil has a high percentage of saturated fat, it’s much more stable than other oils (especially vegetable oils), and is therefore safer to cook at high temperatures. Believe it or not, it can also help you lose weight! click here to read about coconut oil weight loss.
What Kind to Use
(Note: I would recommend using extra-virgin coconut oil. It’s less processed and better for you. Extra virgin coconut oil is also one of the great types of oil for hair growth.)
Thai Food with Coconut Oil
But there are some recipes that are especially suited for coconut oil, and those are what I’m going to talk about here. The first food that might come to mind when you think of coconut oil recipes is Thai. Thai food traditionally uses a lot of coconut oil. You don’t have to go out for Thai food, though; you can easily make some homemade pad thai or green or red curry. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3-5 tbsp extra-virgin coconut oil (I like a lot)
- 2 cups of beef, chicken, or shrimp
- Vegetables (onion, red pepper, bok choy, shallots, garlic, turnip, chives, and anything else you want to add)
- Thai rice noodles
- For curry: 1 tsp red or green curry paste (for curry)
- For pad thai: 1 egg, 2 tbsp peanuts, 1 cup bean sprouts, 2 tbsp tamarind paste
- And all the seasonings you want: salt, pepper, ½ lime, 3 cloves garlic
- Cook it all stir-fry style; you won’t be disappointed!
One of my personal favorites is to cook hash browns in coconut oil. The potatoes soak up the coconut flavor with ease, adding a unique twist to an old breakfast standby.
I also love to saute vegetables in coconut oil. When I eat them, it feels like the healthiest meal in the world.
One last interesting idea, which is definitely worth a try, is to add some coconut oil to your morning orange juice. It’s a great combination!
Melting Your Coconut Oil
Remember that coconut oil is a solid at room temperature. So, you might need to dig it out with a spoon. If you want to be more precise in your measurements, chop it up inside the container with a knife, then use a measuring spoon to scoop out the amount you need.
I know I’ve barely scratched the surface here; the truth is, there are more coconut oil recipes than you could imagine. I use it for almost all my cooking, and I discover new combinations every week. I even found a few new, unusual uses for coconut oil. Bon appetit!