Cooking with Virgin coconut oil retains properties even at high temperatures making it ideal for stir frying, cooking & deep frying. Unlike other vegetable oils VCO does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature.
Can be used to lightly dress fresh salads. Use along with a pinch of cinnamon powder.
The natural coconut flavor and nutritional properties makes it ideal for use in bakery and confectionary products instead of butter.
To sauté and stir-fry with coconut oil, simply use it in place of the oil called for in your recipes and you’ll be able to kick up the heat a bit higher than if you were using olive oil. Of course, if your oil ever starts to smoke intensely or turn gray/black while cooking, you can assume that it’s been overheated and needs to be refreshed with new oil. Note that virgin coconut oil has a smoke point around 350°F.
Baking with coconut oil
Coconut oil is beloved by many a vegan baker. Its ability to replicate butter’s role in perfecting baked goods is unparelled. Because of the high saturated fat content in coconut oil (similar to butter’s composition), you can use it as you would butter for many pastry recipes. In solid form (put it in the fridge to solidify if your kitchen is warm), chilled coconut oil is great pulsed into dough batters and pie crusts the way butter is used.
When substituting coconut oil for butter, use 25% less oil than the butter amount called for. This is because coconut oil, unlike butter, is almost pure fat, and you need to account for that difference in your recipe. And to compensate for the bit of moisture that butter normally gives off when it bakes, you may add just a dash of additional liquid to your recipes when using coconut oil, to balance out the moisture content overall. But play with it a few times, and see what works best for your substitutions.
Here are some other fabulous ways to use coconut oil in the kitchen:
In place of melted butter for your popcorn, lobster, and other drizzling needs. Unrefined coconut oil has a marvelously sweet and slightly buttery flavor when heated—not unlike the flavor of brown or golden butter.
As a main ingredient for luscious vegan frosting- Coconut Cream Frosting.