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Best Thai Coconut Recipes!

Best Coconut Recipes from the Tropics

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The flavor of coconut evokes images of a tropical paradise and that wonderful warm-weather feeling of being on vacation. For the best coconut recipes, look no further than Thai cuisine, which offers numerous coconut recipes, from soups that call for coconut milk to coconut curry, as well as numerous coconut dessert recipes.  Whether you're in the mood for a coconut-inspired recipe, or looking for ways to use up leftover coconut milk (or shredded coconut), Thai cuisine has the greatest variety of coconut dishes along with the greatest taste.  ENJOY!

1. Easy Coconut Rice

Coconut Rice

Coconut rice makes a terrific accompaniment to many Thai dishes, such as fish and curries. Quick and easy, this coconut rice recipe will come in handy for those times when you want to make dinner extra special without going to a lot of extra work. Coconut rice also makes a great side dish to take to a potluck or an Asian-themed dinner party. 

2. Brown Coconut Rice

Brown Coconut Rice
Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 12/22/09

For a healthier coconut rice dish, try this wonderful Thai Brown Coconut Rice! Coconut rice is a favorite side dish that works well with a number of different mains, including Thai and Indian as well as Western dishes. Normally brown rice tastes a bit too "grainy" for some people, and my husband used to be one of them until he tried this recipe. I hope you like it as much as we do!

3. Coconut Shrimp (Fried)

coconut shrimp
D.Schmidt
Imagine biting into a succulent deep-fried shrimp covered in a light tempura-like batter flavored with the taste of coconut - scrumptious! This Coconut Shrimp recipe is fantastic to serve as an appetizer, tapas plate, or party food.

4. Easy Coconut Shrimp (Baked)

Baked Coconut Shrimp
Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 12/07/09
This Easy Baked Coconut Shrimp recipe is great if you're looking to make something special to serve as an appetizer or finger food. Unlike most coconut shrimp recipes which are deep-fried, this one is easily baked up in the oven, which means less fat and calories.

5. Thai Pumpkin Coconut Soup

Thai Pumpkin Soup
Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 11/23/09
In Thailand, pumpkin and coconut milk are commonly paired up to make a variety of both savory and sweet entrees. In this recipe the two come together beautifully in a lightly-curried soup that tastes as delicious as those you may have tried at your favorite Thai restaurant.

6. Tom Yum Soup with Coconut Milk

Tom Yum Soup
D.Schmidt
If you've enjoy classic Thai soups, you'll love this wonderful recipe. And it's easy to make, too. Even those new to Thai cuisine will find this soup simple to make.

7. Crab & Cabbage Salad with "Creamy" Coconut Milk Dressing

Crab & Cabbage Salad
D.Schmidt
This crab salad is delightfully creamy without all the extra calories and fat associated with most crab salad recipes. It features a delicious coconut milk dressing, and is a very popular salad on my site. Give it a try!

8. Yellow Coconut Curry Chicken

Thai Yellow Curry
Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 04/28/10
This Thai Yellow Curry Recipe is a classic chicken curry dish you'll want to make again and again. Here I've made it in a traditional way using chicken pieces and potatoes, plus coconut milk of course.

9. Vegetarian Tofu Coconut Curry (Vegan/gluten-free)

Thai Tofu Coconut Curry
D.Schmidt
This Thai Tofu Coconut Curry recipe is so delicious, plus simple to make. A lot of vegetarian curries tend to be rather bland and tasteless, but not this one! Made with tofu and lots of fresh vegetables, this dish is vegetarian, vegan, even gluten-free.

10. Thai Shrimp Coconut Curry

Thai Shrimp Coconut Curry
Darlene A. Schmidt
This Thai Shrimp Coconut Curry is nothing less than fantastic, and yet it's easy to make. The curry sauce recipe is a cinch - just stir together a few basic ingredients, or blend them up in a food processor, chopper, or blender. Then just simmer together with shrimp and juicy pineapple chunks for a beautiful coconut curry your friends and family will absolutely love!

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