How to Use Fresh Coconut for Coconut Milk

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes


A quick description of how to extract coconut milk from fresh coconut, and how best to use it.



  • 2 cups freshly grated coconut
  • 750ml (3 cups) water


  1. Add 1 cup of water to the coconut, squeezing and mixing the water and the coconut.
  2. Using a strainer, strain this thick, first extract and set aside.
  3. Next add the other 2 cups, do the same, and strain this thinner coconut milk.

When I am cooking curry (not Thai curries), I start cooking with the thinner coconut milk. Then, add the thicker one right at the end, for a fresher coconut milk flavour.

If I’m making dessert, the thicker coconut milk goes on after serving, as a drizzle/topping.