cooking with coconut oil


Olive, grape seed, and coconut are my three recommended cooking oils for a well-stocked natural foods pantry. Olive is great for salad dressings and mediterranean flavor, grape seed is perfect for high heat cooking, and coconut oil lends a buttery taste and imparts a high-dose of health benefits.

Coconut oil is rich in medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that our body readily converts to energy, rather than storing it as fat. It is also rich in lauric acid, which has antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Coconut oil is ideal for sauteing vegetables, making sauces, or baking. It liquifies at 76 degrees. So if your pantry is cooler than this, the texture will be solid (like the picture above). You can use a spoon to add it to a warm pan for immediate cooking, or liquify it by adding the jar to a pan with warm water.

Tropical Traditions recently provided me with a quart of coconut oil, and I loved the high-quality, delicate flavor, and super-smooth texture. They have a lot of great ideas for using coconut oil . I am so happy that Tropical Traditions wanted to share a jar of their great product with my readers.

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2- Then, leave a comment on this blog about your favorite uses for coconut oil, or your interest in experimenting with it.

If you are eager to get cooking with coconut oil, check out this granola recipe.

Giveaway winner will be randomly chosen on Friday, March 16.

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

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49 thoughts on “cooking with coconut oil

  1. I like to use Coconut oil in my morning protein drink. I like to add a healthy fat to my drink to sustain me all morning and coconut adds that and great flavor at the same time.

  2. Hi Amanda,

    I just purchased some coconut oil and am looking forward to using it to roast sweet potatoes as a filling to the collard green wrap recipe from Natural Foods Boot Camp.


  3. I drizzle coconut oil, salt and pepper on kale and roast it a 150-200 degrees for a couple of hours. The end result is a crispy and delicious ‘potato chip’ replacement.

  4. A teaspoon of coconut oil with a date is a great pick-me-up between meals. I’d also like to experiment with other snacks using nuts and coconut flakes.

  5. I use organic coconut oil for EVERYTHING! I cook everything with it and it is the only thing I use on my skin. I have an autoimmune deficiency and coconut oil has been the only thing that has helped. I am done with prescription drugs especially oral and topical steroids! Steroids suck and make it worse! I had a flare over 90 % of my body and coconut oil has really done WONDERS!

  6. I would really like to try the cocnut oil. I want to know how it tastes and i would also enjoy the health benefits

  7. I subscribed. I love popping pop corn in coconut oil, it gives it a kettle corn flavor when combined with salt.

  8. I use coconut oil for everything!! I cook with, I bake with it, I put it on my skin and hair, but I’m always looking for new ways to utilize it!

  9. I have never used virgin coconut oil before…But am very interested in trying it…I read some of the recipes look scrumcious!!!

  10. I decided to experiment with coconut oil after reading about its benefits. I was surprised my parents had no idea when i told them since they are vitamin/health fanatics. I use coconut oil instead of butter/margarine/etc to cook a number of things like eggs. I find it helps make college life a bit more healthy…

  11. My favorite use for coconut oil is in place of butter. My favorite recipe is roasted sweet potato spears. The coconut oil adds a wonderful flavor but it also makes my house smell amazing!

  12. I subscribe to their newsletter and I love replacing coconut oil for butter in my baking! It also tastes amazing in hot chocolate 🙂

  13. I have just begun to use coconut oil. I use it for stir frying and am reading up on it for the many uses it has. I especially like to use it as a lip balm, right now. I am hoarding the little 16 oz. jar I have. I don’t think it will be as good as Tropical Traditions; which I am planning to buy soon. I want to get it mainly for health reasons. Thanks much for the opportunity to win some.

  14. I’m relatively new to coconut oil, after learning a lot about health and fitness in the last year and making some positive changes for myself, my husband, and three kids. I’ve used coconut oil in my green tea, as a butter substitute, to saute sugar snap peas, and to make a glaze (mixed with honey and cinnamon and a pinch of salt) for air-popped popcorn. (It’s delicious, and my kids love it!) I bought just a small jar to see if I liked it, and now it’s almost gone! BTW–I’m a TT subscriber! Thanks for the opportunity.

  15. I love to use coconut oil to make a body butter and sunscreen (without other chemicals ) for myself and my children. i have also used it to marinade chicken…. and not heard any complaints from the rest of my carnivorous family!!!!!

  16. I’d never used coconut oil before but i want to start adding it into my diet as a healthy fat! Especially in cookies 🙂

  17. I’ve only used coconut oil for my hair and skin, but want to start cooking with it (using a separate jar, of course!). I would use it to cook greens or throw it in a smoothie. I bet it would be great to make Thai food with, too!

  18. I subscribe to their newsletter. I have just started switching over to coconut oil and have used it for frying and baking so far.

  19. I subscribe to their newsletter. I use coconut oil as a substitute for butter in many baked goods. Also for sauteing soup vegetables before adding stock. It’s also great for making popcorn.

  20. I have used it 1x so far, my sister gave me some and was telling me of all the great uses and I have now read alot and am anxious to try it as a lifestyle change, as I’ve hit menopause and weight gain/blood pressure issues etc… when my sister gave me some I used it on a rash and sure enough it was the only thing that cleared it up, it took about a week and a half but it worked when nothing else did.

  21. I’m always looking for healthy new things to try! I’ve tried their lavender hair oil, and i’m in love with how it tames my curls and softens my skin. 🙂

  22. I do subscribe to their newsletter. I mix ghee and coconut oil for popcorn MMMMM, I make brownies and fudge and frostings, I mix it with honey and dip nuts in it, I mix equal parts of baking soda coconut oil drop ofessential oils for “faux toothpaste” and I sautee with it I haven’t tried this brand and am VERY EXCITED to do so

  23. I cannot wait to try the coconut oil! Actually, I haven’t heard about it until coming across this site. And I’m so glad I did! I can’t imagine the yummy desserts that can be made with it…..but the sweet potatoes roasted in coconut oil — that sounds the best! Will be ordering some!

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