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How to Cook Coconut Meat

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author image Paula Quinene
Paula Quinene is an Expert/Talent, Writer and Content Evaluator for Demand Media, with more than 1,500 articles published primarily in health, fitness and nutrition. She has been an avid weight trainer and runner since 1988. She has worked in the fitness industry since 1990. She graduated with a Bachelor's in exercise science from the University of Oregon and continues to train clients as an ACSM-Certified Health Fitness Specialist.
How to Cook Coconut Meat
Shredded coconut meat may also be added to pastry cream to make coconut pudding. Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images

The meat from a mature coconut is used primarily in baked goods or combined with uncooked, finely chopped poultry, meat or shrimp. While coconut milk, made by mixing water with freshly shredded coconut meat, is prized for savory dishes, the used meat is usually discarded. Coconut meat is commonly cooked with sugar, milk and butter to make coconut candy, a treat found largely throughout Asia and the Pacific Islands. Use a coconut grater, which has a flat or round rod with a rounded, serrated end, to remove the meat from the shell.

Step 1

Heat a medium-sized, nonstick frying pan over medium heat for 5 minutes.

Step 2

Pour 2 cups of sugar into the pan.

Step 3

Melt the sugar until it is light brown. Do not stir.

Step 4

Reduce the heat to medium low.

Step 5

Add 1 tbsp. of unsalted butter.

Step 6

Pour in 4 ½ cups of grated, fresh coconut; it takes approximately two coconuts to make 4 to 5 cups of grated coconut meat.

Step 7

Stir the sugar and coconut mixture using a large wooden spoon to completely incorporate the ingredients.

Step 8

Cook the candy for 3 to 5 more minutes, enhancing the color and the flavor.

Step 9

Pour the candy into a non-heat-conducting plastic bowl; the candy will thicken as it cools.

Step 10

Place the bowl in the fridge for 10 minutes to speed up the cooling process.

Step 11

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick pan spray.

Step 12

Remove the bowl from the fridge.

Step 13

Pinch off some of the coconut candy and roll it into a 1-inch ball. Set it aside. Repeat with the remaining mixture.

Step 14

Cool uncovered at room temperature.

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