7 Great Substitutes For Coconut Milk (No.4 is unexpected!)

You’re happily cooking or baking then you realize you’re out of COCONUT MILK! 

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Don’t panic, there are substitutes you may have right in your kitchen. Or perhaps a recipe calls for coconut milk but you ain’t a fan of it, then this list of substitutes will also help. So let’s check them out!

1. Evaporated Milk

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That creamy consistency is just what you’re going to need as a great coconut milk substitute. There are even coconut flavored evaporated milk! If you bake or cook a lot, you may even have that too at home.

You can use the exact amount that the recipe calls for and substitute the coconut milk with the evaporated milk.

2. Greek Yogurt

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Another substitute with a thick, silky consistency. You can easily add it to curries and other Asian dishes to further bring out the flavor in a dish. Plus, yogurt has healthy probiotics that are very beneficial for your body.

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Be sure to use plain classic old greek yogurt instead of flavored ones to substitute the coconut milk. To ensure that the yogurt doesn’t overpower the dish due to its tangy flavor, you may add a little water to dilute it. 

3. Soy Milk

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Now this is great also as for lactose-intolerant folks. Besides that, soy milk is high in protein and rich in nutrients like calcium and protein. 

Since soy milk is very light, you will need to add a teaspoon of cornstarch or corn flour to act as a thickening agent to substitute the coconut milk. Do not use sweetened soy milk as it may mess up the recipe.

4. Silken Tofu

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Surprising as it is, it actually works wonderfully as a coconut milk substitute. Moreover, it is becoming a very popular substitute even for smoothies and desserts for people who are going on strict diets or just trying to maintain their body weight. 

Tofu is a perfect substitute too because of its consistency. So what you gotta do is puree the tofu and add soy milk in a 1:1 ratio. This will result in a nice creamy mixture.

5. Almond Milk

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Another coconut milk substitute with great health benefits. You can add it for desserts and even when cooking dishes. 

Same with soy milk however, since it is light, you will need to add thickening agents like cornstarch. A teaspoon of it would be sufficient. Remember also to go with unsweetened almond milk to preserve the original flavors of the recipe.

6. Cashew Milk

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Yet another great nut milk that works great as a coconut milk substitute. And you’re going to get tons of nutritional benefits thanks to its high protein content! Psst, it also has low calories. Awesome right?!

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Although cashew milk is on the more cremier side, you will still need to add cornstarch as a thickening agent. Then add it to your curries or desserts.

7. Sour Cream

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WHAT SERIOUSLY? Yea I reacted that way at first too. But it works! Since sour cream has a distinct taste, remember to just add a little so it doesn’t overpower the taste.

You can buy it from stores or even make it yourself. Simply add a bit into your desserts or savoury dishes as required.

So now you know what you can add as substitutes for your coconut milk! Try each of them and experiment with the flavors. It’s a fun way to discover new ways to make your favourite meals or dishes. 

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