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Coconut Cream vs Coconut Milk

How to Make Coconut Cream (or Coconut Milk!)

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 cup coconut cream or 1 cup coconut milk 1x


Here’s how to make coconut cream from coconut milk, and vice versa! These two products can be used to make each other. 


  • 1 15-ounce can full fat coconut milk or coconut cream


  1. To make coconut cream out of coconut milk: Take the can of coconut milk and place it in the refrigerator overnight. After refrigeration, open the can and use a spoon to remove the coconut cream at the top, leaving the water below. You should get about 1/2 cup coconut cream. To get it to the texture of canned coconut cream, whisk it with a teaspoon or two of the coconut water until smooth.
  2. To make coconut milk out of coconut cream: Mix 3 tablespoons coconut cream into 1 tablespoon water to make about 1/4 cup coconut milk.
  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: Coconut
  • Diet: Vegan

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