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These coconut milk recipes make a dairy-free lifestyle so deliciously easy. Soups, entrees (with meat and without), sides, drinks, and desserts – we’ve brought together a little bit of everything, savory and sweet.

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Why We Love Coconut Milk

Coconut milk might be our favorite non-dairy milk alternative. It makes everything rich and creamy, and it’s impressively versatile – as you’ll see from all the savory and sweet recipes in this list! And, I promise, it really doesn’t make everything taste like coconut.

It’s thought to have several health benefits. Some studies show it potentially aids in weight loss (when incorporated into a well-balanced diet, of course). Others indicate it can boost the immune system, thanks to its lauric acid.

Coconut milk is really very simple. It’s made from grating the white flesh of a coconut, then squeezing the flesh through a cheesecloth. The liquid that comes out is the coconut milk!

Interested in making your own coconut milk? Check out this How to Make Coconut Milk recipe from Minimalist Baker.

Soups Using Coconut Milk

Chicken and "rice" soup with coconut milk

1. Instant Pot Chicken and “Rice” Soup (Whole30, Low Carb)

Crockpot zuppa toscana

2. Crockpot Zuppa Toscana (Whole30)

The best ever tom kha gai soup in a black bowl

3. Best Ever Tom Kha Gai Soup (Thai Coconut Chicken Soup)

Chicken tortilla-less soup

4. Whole30 Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla-Less Soup (Paleo)

A big pot of zuppa toscana

5. Healthy Zuppa Toscana (Whole30, Paleo, Dairy Free)

Coconut tomato lentil soup

6. Vegan Coconut Tomato Lentil Soup from Ambitious Kitchen

Coconut Milk Recipes Without Meat

Coconut rice in a white bowl

7. Coconut Rice

Coconut curry and rice in a grey bowl

8. Quick Creamy Vegan Coconut Chickpea Curry

A chip dipped into vegan queso

9. Best Vegan Queso (Ever)

Roasted mashed potatoes

10. Whole30 Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Herbs (Paleo, Vegan Option)

Sweet potato casserole scooped out onto a white plate

11. Sweet Potato Casserole from our sister site, Easy Healthy Recipes

Sweet potato coconut milk zoodle bowl

12. Sweet Potato Zoodle Bowls with Golden Turmeric Coconut Milk Sauce from Ambitious Kitchen

Coconut creamed corn

13. Coconut Creamed Corn from EatingWell

Tofu skewers with coconut milk paste

14. Thai Tofu Satay with Peanut Sauce from Cupful of Kale

coconut milk potatoes au gratin

15. Herbed Coconut Milk Potatoes Au Gratin from The Roasted Root

Mushroom coconut pizza

16. Creamy Vegan Coconut Mushroom Pizza from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

Red thai curry

17. Thai Red Curry with Vegetables from Cookie + Kate

Coconut Milk Recipes With Meat

Whole30 beef stroganoff

18. Whole30 Beef Stroganoff

Closeup of a pan of creamy tuscan chicken

19. Healthy Creamy Tuscan Chicken with Artichokes (Whole30, Paleo)

Whole30 salisbury steak

20. Easy Salisbury Steak (Whole30, Paleo, Low Carb)

Coconut curry chicken

21. Coconut Curry Turmeric Chicken (Whole30, Anti Inflammatory)

Creamy coconut chicken with cilantro lime sauce

22. Coconut Milk Chicken with Cilantro Lime from Little Broken

Creamy chicken in a skillet

23. Creamy Coconut Milk Chicken from Diethood

Garlic coconut shrimp

24. Garlic Shrimp in Coconut Milk, Tomatoes and Cilantro from Skinny Taste

Thai coconut milk shrimp

25. Thai Coconut Curry With Shrimp from Foodie Crush

Coconut lime chicken

26. Coconut Lime Chicken from A Saucy Kitchen

Coconut milk baked chicken

27. Coconut Milk Baked Chicken from She Wears Many Hats

Coconut curry salmon in a bowl

28. Coconut Curry Salmon from Pinch of Yum

Coconut thai beef

29. Thai Coconut Beef from Taste of Home

Gising gising on a blue plate

30. Gising-Gising (Pork Simmered in Coconut Milk and Shrimp Paste) from The Kitchn

Dessert Recipes

Vegan pumpkin pie

31. Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Paleo chocolate cupcakes

32. Best Chocolate Paleo Cupcakes Ever with Dark Chocolate Frosting (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Vegan pumpkin cheesecake on a cake stand

33. Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake with Whipped Coconut Cream

Vegan samoas ice cream with coconut milk

34. Samoas Cookies Ice Cream Recipe (Vegan, Paleo)

Green and purple mermaid popsicle with coconut milk

35. Mermaid Popsicles

Healthy mint shake with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry

36. Healthy Mint Shake

Close up photo of vegan creme brulee

37. Vegan Creme Brulee from our sister site, Easy Healthy Recipes

Coconut chia pudding

38. Coconut Chia Pudding from Well Plated by Erin

Pumpkin parfait with coconut whipped cream

39. Pumpkin Parfaits with Coconut Whipped Cream from Well Plated by Erin

Coconut donuts with coconut milk glaze

40. Coconut Cake Donuts with Coconut Milk Glaze from The Little Epicurean

Drink Recipes

Magic maca latte

41. Miracle Maca Latte Recipe (Maca Powder, Vegan, Paleo)

Vegan pumpkin spice creamer with coconut milk

42. Whole30 Pumpkin Spice Creamer (Vegan, Unsweetened)

Healthy pink drink with coconut milk

43. Healthy Pink Drink Strawberry Refresher (Whole30, Unsweetened, Caffeine-Free, Vegan)

Iced golden milk

44. Iced Golden Milk Latte (Paleo, Vegan) (use coconut milk from a carton)

Iced dirty chai

45. Iced Dirty Chai (Vegan, Paleo, Sugar Free)

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