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How To Toast Coconut

Learn how to toast coconut right at home in your own oven or on the stove top. It's so easy, and so delicious, you'll wonder why you haven't done it sooner!
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert, Side Dish
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 16
Calories: 28kcal



  • Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  • Spread the coconut onto a baking sheet and place in the oven.
  • Bake, tossing the coconut every minute or two for the first few minutes, then check every 30 seconds to 1 minute, until it’s toasted and a medium, golden brown color, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool before using.



How To Toast Coconut On The Stovetop

Add the shredded coconut to a dry skillet over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the coconut turns light to medium brown and crisps up.
Transfer to a plate or bowl to cool so that it does not continue to cook in the pan.

Tips and Techniques

  • You can toast any amount of coconut that you need, so long as it can fit on a baking sheet (or in a skillet for the stove top method) in a single layer.
  • Keep a very close eye on your coconut, especially as you get to the last minute or two. It can go from toasted to burnt really quickly.
  • Store toasted coconut in an airtight container at room temperature. Use within 3-4 weeks for best quality.
** Nutritional information is for sweetened shredded coconut. It's only an estimate and may vary.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 28kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg