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How to Toast Coconut

Ever wondered how to toast coconut? Making it yourself is the easiest thing to do!

Learn how to toast coconut using one of three simple methods. So easy and delicious!

Toasted coconut is one of my favorite ingredients to add to baked goods. Although I love me some coconut straight from the bag, toasted coconut is definitely my favorite.

Did you know that coconuts made their own way around the world? Of course, traders brought them with them on travels 2,000 years ago, but because it can float, it’s also thought that the coconut spread itself throughout the subtropics.

Learn how to toast coconut using the stovetop, oven or microwave. So easy!

I know that’s a little more history than I regularly delve into, but coconuts are pretty fascinating. And tasty. Plenty tasty.

I find that coconut is one of those ingredients that most people either love or hate. I definitely fall into the love category.

Learn how to toast coconut using the stovetop, oven or microwave. So incredibly simple!

Toasting coconut is a lot like toasting nuts in the sense that it really adds depth and brings out a lovely nuttiness that adds great flavor and texture to whatever recipe you add it to.

Sure, you can buy toasted coconut in most baking aisles, but it usually has extra preservatives to keep it fresh. I’d much rather toast my own, especially since it’s SO easy!

A simple guide on how to toast coconut using one of three simple methods.

From these caramel coconut chocolate chip cookies and chocolate coconut zucchini bread to key lime coconut cheesecake, coconut is one of my favorite flavors to bake with, especially during the spring and summer months.

Toasted coconut can add flavor and texture to desserts like cupcakes, muffins, parfaits and bars, but it’s also fantastic in homemade truffles and mini trifles.

Learn how to easily toast shredded coconut using the stovetop, oven and microwave. So simple and delicious!

I also love it layered in with Greek yogurt, and fresh berries for a delicious breakfast parfait.

The coconut world is your oyster, and all it takes is a few minutes to toast it up. Let’s get to work!

Easily toast coconut at home using 3 simple methods!

How To Toast Coconut

There are a few techniques for toasting coconut. You can use the stove top, the oven, and even the microwave. Personally, I am a big fan of the stove top method.

I find I have a little more control, since I’m able to keep a constant eye on the coconut, plus frequent stirring allows for a more evenly toasted finished product, but the oven and microwave definitely do the trick too!

Learn how to toast coconut using microwave! So simple!

How do you toast coconut in the microwave?

Like I mentioned, you can actually toast coconut in the microwave and as you can imagine, it’s super quick.

Start by spreading about ½ cup of shredded coconut on a microwave-safe plate.

Microwave the coconut in 30 second increments; stirring each time. Continue cooking and stirring in 30 second increments until the coconut reaches the desired level of toastiness.

Toasting coconut at home couldn't be easier! You can use the stovetop, oven and even the microwave.

Can you sweeten unsweetened coconut?

If you have unsweetened shredded coconut and would like to sweeten it up in a pinch, you can place a pound of unsweetened shredded coconut in a zip top bag with 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar.

Give the bag a good shake and you’re good to go! I wouldn’t toast coconut after you’ve added sugar – the sugar might burn, and you’d end up with a wasted ingredient.

How to Toast Coconut

Ingredients:

  • shredded, shaved or flaked coconut

Directions:

Stove Top Method

  1. Place desired amount of coconut in a large skillet.
  2. Cook over low-medium heat, stirring frequently, until the flakes are mostly golden brown.
  3. If the coconut is sweetened it tends to brown faster so, it will take less time.

Oven Method

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Spread coconut flakes on a baking sheet in a thin layer and bake in preheated oven. The flakes will toast very quickly and won’t take more than 5-10 minutes.
  3. After a few minutes stir the coconut to help ensure even color. Remember, sweetened flakes will take less time because sugar speeds the toasting process.

Microwave Method

  1. Start by spreading about ½ cup of shredded coconut on a microwave-safe plate.
  2. Microwave the coconut in 30 second increments; stirring each time. Continue cooking and stirring in 30 second increments until the coconut reaches the desired level of toastiness.
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This post on How To Toast Coconut originally appeared on My Baking Addiction in September of 2012. The text and images have been updated.

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Jenn

Sunday 19th of April 2020

This was SO easy - I can’t wait to top my Greek yogurt with sliced almonds and toasted coconut! AND my house smells AMAZING. 

Jamie

Tuesday 21st of April 2020

So happy to hear you enjoyed the tutorial, Jenn! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie

Jj

Sunday 21st of April 2019

Be careful when you open the oven door-a bunch of steam hit me in the face and burned my eyes. 

Jj

Sunday 21st of April 2019

But so easy and yummy!

Bob Simpson

Sunday 14th of April 2019

I made a coconut cake and I used your help to toast the unsweetened coconut for the icing.

Jamie

Tuesday 16th of April 2019

Thanks so much for stopping by, Bob! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking! -Jamie

Lucille Zygutis

Monday 18th of February 2019

I made a coconut cream pie from scratch today and I want to serve it with toasted coconut on top of whipped cream. Now I Know how to toast it. Thank you

Jamie

Wednesday 20th of February 2019

Thanks so much for stopping by, Lucille! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking! -Jamie

seema

Thursday 13th of December 2018

do you use is fresh coconut or dry coconut?

Jamie

Friday 21st of December 2018

You'll want to use dry coconut. Hope this helps. Happy baking! Jamie

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