Tuesday, September 21, 2010

How to Toast Coconut

If you've been a reader for awhile, you will be aware of my obsession with coconut. My favorite way to enjoy it is just fresh and sweetened.  But, there are some recipes where toasted coconut is called for. When that happens, I don't like to spend tons of time preparing it.  Here are 2 methods of toasting coconut: the more traditional, longer method, and the fast method!

 Toasting Coconut in the oven (longer!)

Heat oven to 300. Spread shredded coconut on a baking sheet, and let toast in oven for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Stir, and bake longer if needed.  Coconut should be lightly browned. Watch carefully! Toasted coconut can go from toasted to burned very quickly.

Toasting Coconut on the Stove Top (faster!)

Place a small amount of shredded coconut in a skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until coconut is lightly browned. Again, watch it closely!  This method is much faster, but the coconut may brown less evenly than in the stove.

Good luck!


  1. I've learned something new! I've only toasted coconut in the oven. Thanks for the tip :)

  2. I bought fresh coconut yesterday, not knowing exactly what I was going to do with it... now I know!

  3. Thanks for this. I've burned much coconut on the stovetop. I think I need to stick with the oven way instead!