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How to toast coconut

How to Toast Coconut

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


Toasted coconut brings a nutty flavor and crisp crunch to oatmeal, smoothies, and desserts! Here’s how to toast coconut two ways.


  • 1 cup coconut, shredded or large flakes (or any quantity; for more than 1 cup use the oven method)


  1. Stovetop method: Place the coconut in a dry skillet (no oil) over medium heat. Heat, shaking the pan and stirring often with a wooden spoon, until the coconut is fragrant and golden brown, about 3 minutes. Stay at the stove because the coconut can easily burn! Remove immediately from the heat and transfer to a plate to stop the cooking.
  2. Oven method: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the coconut on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for about 4 to 5 minutes until fragrant and golden brown, stirring once. Do not stray far from the oven, since the coconut can go from toasted to burned quickly. Remove immediately and transfer to a plate to stop the cooking.
  3. Use immediately. Or, allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 month and frozen at least 3 months.
  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan