What do Coconuts go well with?
Many of these flavour pairings are ideal for coconut milk—like in curries and soups. For sweeter applications, coconut is delicious with chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Other tropical fruits naturally create terrific flavour combinations with coconut.
Sweet & Spicy: sugar, maple syrup, brown sugar, allspice, curry, turmeric, chilli pepper, garlic, ginger, cumin, basil, black pepper, lemongrass, coriander, cilantro, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla.
Produce: squash, carrot, potato, tomato, onion, banana, lemon, lime, mango, orange, strawberries, pineapple, and guava.
Savoury: walnuts, almonds, peanuts, cashews, rice, chicken, tofu, chickpeas, fish, shellfish, beef, pork and shrimp.
Branch out and add liquid smoke for a bit of a smoky flavour to toasted coconut. The Viet Vegan has a coconut bacon recipe that adds a great crunch to salads or sandwiches.
Try using coconut milk as an alternative for cream in your coffee or in cereal. Its creamy texture will add a lovely richness to any dish.
Use coconut water as the liquid component of smoothies to add natural electrolytes to your breakfast.
Fresh, grated coconut is delicious when served over sticky rice or puddings like tapioca, chia, chocolate, or vanilla. You will also enjoy it added to oatmeal or granola for added flavour and fibre in the mornings.
Coconut is a classic base for curries! Experiment with different spice bases for red, yellow, or green curry. Try also adding peanut butter or cashew butter for extra richness to coconut-based curry soups.