Homemade Coconut Milk


Making your own coconut milk is SO EASY. I had no idea. Dried coconut + water + blender. Boom. You’re a minute away from fragrant, creamy homemade coconut milk.

I try to avoid cans for the most part, because of the icky plastic stuff they use to line them (BPA) that leaches into the food inside. I can my own tomatoes every summer, and use mostly dried beans rather than canned (meal planning makes this possible!)

But coconut milk is one tinned cupboard staple that I reach for regularly. Now, I will never buy it again.


I’ve made it now with both shredded and ribboned coconut. I found the latter more flavourful (but it might have been because it was organic, and the shredded wasn’t).

I’ve read that desiccated (the super finely grated coconut) is too dry. Whichever you use, make sure it’s fresh – don’t try this with an opened bag you have kicking around your pantry from those 7-layer bars you made that time who knows when.


I discovered the absolute best flavour results by starting with boiling water poured over the coconut and letting it infuse for an hour. But it’s optional. It still tasted great with cold water and no soak.

If you plan to use the milk as a beverage, you may choose to strain it. However I did, just to see the difference, and I found it totally unnecessary for something like a curry or a soup. The pulp is fine enough that you would never notice it, and it boosts the fibre.

That said, I used my (brand new, yay!) Vitamix – a not-so-brawny blender would probably yield less smooth results. The decision to strain or not is yours!

After I took these pictures, I scraped the pulp right back into the milk and whisked it up.

Use it to make Coconut Curried Lentils, Creamy Greens & Coconut Linguine, Curried Coconut Turkey Chowder with Corn & Squash, Thai Coconut-Peanut Sweet Potato Soup or Coconut Curried Yam & Chickpea Soup!


Homemade Coconut Milk
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Total time: 
Serves: 4
Yields about 2 cups of coconut milk.
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut (shredded or in ribbons)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  1. Pour boiling water over coconut in blender container; let stand 1 hour for maximum flavour, or at least until cool. Blend at high speed for about a minute.
  2. (Optional) Position a fine mesh strainer over a bowl and gradually pour the coconut milk through; press on the solids with a spoon to force out every drop of milk.

  • http://warmvanillasugar.com/ Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    I love this!! I’ve always wanted to make my own coconut milk. Thanks so much for posting, friend!

    • http://www.foodess.com Jennifer Pallian

      Yay! Hope you enjoy, Katrina! :)

  • http://danielle-daniellesweets.blogspot.com Danielle

    I had no idea how easy it was to make coconut milk! I can’t wait to try this! : )

    • http://www.foodess.com Jennifer Pallian

      I know, right? Super easy! :)

  • Kristiana

    Whoa this just made my walks home so much lighter. Thanks!

    • http://www.foodess.com Jennifer Pallian

      Haha glad I could be of service :)

  • Julie

    How long does it last when kept the fridge?

  • Julie

    *in the fridge


    • http://www.foodess.com Jennifer Pallian

      Hey Julie, for cooking I would keep it up to 5 days in the fridge – just give it a good shake before you use it. For drinking, I think it would taste best if used within 2-3 days.

  • http://www.thompsonandprince.blogspot.com Elizabeth Jaime

    I had NO idea it was this easy! Thanks for sharing. I also just got a vitamix and will be making this soon :)

    x elizabeth of thompson & prince

    • http://www.foodess.com Jennifer Pallian

      The Vitamix starts a flurry of everything-from-scratch, doesn’t it Elizabeth? Enjoy! :)

  • http://jessieadriana.blogspot.com Jessica

    Wow, this is very cool. I will have to try this! Thanks for sharing, I love your photos and blog; both so pretty! :)

    • http://www.foodess.com Jennifer Pallian

      Thank you so much, Jessica! :)

  • http://ohsosweetbaker.com/ Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker

    This is such a great idea. Can’t wait to try it out!

    • http://www.foodess.com Jennifer Pallian

      You’ll be hooked, Rochelle! :)

  • http://www.abreadaffair.com/blog A Bread Affair

    This is so neat! Who knew you could whip up your own coconut milk!

    • http://www.foodess.com Jennifer Pallian

      I know! #nevergoingback

  • jennyd

    Have you tried whipping it?

    • http://foodess.com/ Jennifer Pallian

      No Jenny, I haven’t! It should work though, if you refrigerate it and just use the cream in the same way you would with a can. If you try it, let me know! :)