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Easy Homemade Creamy Coconut Milk – No Special Tools Required!

  • Author: Caitlin
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x


This easy recipe shows you how to make thick & creamy homemade coconut milk – not special tools required! Perfect for stews and curries!


  • 3 cups shredded coconut (one 8ish-ounce package)
  • 4 cups hot water (not boiling)

Tools Needed:

  • blender
  • strainer (which is technically optional, you can just use a bowl.)
  • non-fuzzy dish towel (or nut milk bag, or cheesecloth)


  1. Pour ingredients in glass bowl or blender jar and let soak (covered) for about 10 minutes. (I microwave the water for 3 minutes, then wait about 30 seconds before pouring it over the coconut.)
  2. Blend for 1 minute, then stir and scrape, and blend again. Repeat 3-5 times, or until it is thick and creamy.
  3. Line the strainer with a dish towel and place over a large pot or container. Pour the coconut mixture into the dish towel, then squeeze out all the liquid. Voila! It’s surprisingly cheap & easy!
  4. Note: You can repeat this process 2-3 times and the 2nd and 3rd pressings will yield coconut milk that is similar in consistency to the store-bought carton stuff.
  5. Yield: just shy of 4 cups coconut milk. Serving: 1/2 cup per serving.
  • Category: Drink, Make Ahead
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