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How To Toast Coconut Recipe

Learn how to toast coconut the easy way! Doing it on the stovetop lets you control the heat and keep it moving, which is essential to keep it from burning. With this easy recipe you can have toasted coconut for every recipe!
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 640kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: $5


  • 1 cup shredded sweetened or flaked coconut


  • Place a small frying pan over medium-low heat. Add the coconut and break up any chunks using a wooden spoon.
  • Cook, stirring almost constantly, until the coconut begins to steam and brown. Turn the heat to low and continue stirring constantly as the coconut browns.
  • Do not walk away - it will go from brown to burned very fast.
  • As soon as the coconut is browned to your liking, immediately remove pan from heat and remove the coconut from the hot pan to a bowl or plate to cool.
  • Use as desired for garnish. Store in an airtight bag or container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.



  • Do not walk away from the stove. It will seem like your coconut isn't browning but then all of a sudden it does and will burn fast.
  • Stir constantly to avoid hot spots that burn.


Serving: 1Cup of Coconut | Calories: 640kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Fat: 36g | Sodium: 240mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 48g