What are the general principles for cooking with coconut milk?
February 20, 2014 11:08 PM Subscribe
As the years go by I find myself craving coconut milk more and more, but I'm not quite sure how to incorporate it into my diet. I'm pretty bad at following recipes, so usually I just use my past experience with ingredients to guide me in how to use them. I don't have much experience with coconut milk, however, so I'm hoping that folks on AskMe can give me some general principles to guild me instead.
posted by sam_harms to Food & Drink (24 answers total) 47 users marked this as a favorite
The only things I know how to do with it are cook it with sweet potatoes and onions, or to combine it with fruit. I'd like to expand my repertoire to include cooking coconut milk with meat, fish, vegetables, grains, and whatever else you can think of. Can anyone on AskMe give me some general principles for cooking these ingredients with coconut milk? For example, should I stew meat in it, or add it towards the end? Is it the same for vegetables? Which vegetables and meats work well with coconut milk and which don't? Are there certain spices and aromatics that work especially well with it, or any ones that I should avoid? Any and all advice on working with coconut milk would be much appreciated. Recipes will not be followed, but if you want to include them to illustrate a point (or for the benefit of others who are reading this thread) then please do so.