How to cook with coconut oilJanuary 11, 2024
Coconut oil is an all-rounder when it comes to cooking. You can sauté, stir-fry and bake with it, or even use coconut oil to add flavour to foods such as rice or popcorn.
- Sautéing or stir-frying: When sautéing or stir-frying eggs, vegetables, meat or fish in a pan, simply add one to two tablespoons of coconut oil. Using coconut oil in cooking not only prevents food from sticking to the pan but also imparts a delightful flavuor. Be sure to add coconut oil to the plan before it heats up.
- Baking or roasting: Coconut oil can be used to coat poultry or beef, before seasoning. Rubbing coconut oil over the surface area of your meat will create a base for your seasoning to stick to and provide even more flavour.
- Rice: Add a spoonful of coconut oil while cooking rice to make a fragrant coconut rice.
- Popcorn: Add a unique texture and flavour to popcorn by drizzling melted coconut oil over air-popped popcorn.
Refined, unrefined, and virgin coconut oil
There are three main types of coconut oil available; refined, unrefined and virgin. Unrefined coconut oil is made from fresh coconut, which means it can be dried and pressed quickly to extract oil. Unrefined coconut oil has the strongest flavour of the three.
Refined coconut oil is made from dried coconut, also known as copra, that is pressed to release oil. The oil extracted is filtered using chemicals to remove any bacteria and scent, which is one of the reasons refined coconut oil has the mildest flavour.
Virgin coconut oil is made in the same way, but filtered without chemicals. It is simply cold-pressed which means it retains its coconut flavour.
Ways to use coconut oil
Aside from cooking, coconut oil is an extremely useful ingredient to have in your home, as it has multiple uses.
- Soothes dry skin: Due to its high-fat content and smooth texture, coconut oil can be used to seal moisture into the skin. It is best used over a moisturiser, or on damp skin.
- Stain removal: Coconut oil can be used to remove stains, including spills on carpets and furniture. Mix one part coconut oil to eight parts of a dry cleaning solvent (like Carbona) in a cup to create the dry spotter solution. Then, combine one part of the solution with one part baking soda and mix into a paste. Apply to the stain, wait five minutes, and wipe away.
- Improving dental health: Adding coconut oil to your oral hygiene routine can support dental health. Swishing coconut oil around your mouth, known as oil pulling, for 10 minutes can reduce bacteria and is as effective as using antiseptic mouthwash.
Benefits of coconut oil
Coconut oil, consisting mainly (87%) of saturated fats, can withstand higher temperatures than other traditional cooking oils, meaning it is great for cooking. Apart from this, it gives a naturally delicious taste to foods and offers a texture unlike other oils. HelloFresh’s recipe development manager, Mimi Morley, suggests that using organic, extra virgin olive oil will produce the best results in your cooking.
Coconut oil-friendly recipes
Use coconut oil as a substitute for frying or seasoning seasoning ingredients in these HelloFresh recipes.
- Butter Chicken Breast Masala
- Coconut Dal with Homemade Chapati
- Butter-Basted Turkey with Rosemary
- Thai Spiced Stargazer with Black Rice, Bok Choy and Coconut