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How to Cook Coconut Milk Without Curdling It

author image Nicole Carlin
Nicole Carlin is a registered yoga teacher. Her writing has been published in yoga and dance teacher training manuals for POP Fizz Academy. Carlin received a Masters of Arts in gender studies from Birkbeck University in London and a Bachelors of Arts in psychology from Temple University, Philadelphia.
How to Cook Coconut Milk Without Curdling It
A dish and open can of coconut milk. Photo Credit: Liane Nothaft/Hemera/Getty Images

Coconut milk is a thick and creamy liquid that is extracted from the pulpy meat of a coconut. It is widely used in Indian, South Asian, Pacific Island and Caribbean cuisine to bring a creamy, cool flavor to spicy curries, stews and stir-fries. Coconut milk is widely available in most supermarkets. Look in your local supermarket's international section to find cans of coconut milk and low-fat coconut milk. When cooking with coconut milk, you will need to exercise caution to avoid curdling. The milk curdles when cooked too long at high temperatures.

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Step 1

Pour in coconut milk after you have sauteed your meat or vegetables.

Step 2

Turn the heat down to low and do not boil the dish once coconut milk has been added.

Step 3

Stir the dish constantly while it is cooking to avoid curdling, using a flat, wide spatula. Use the spatula to lift and turn the liquid.

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