How to Toast Coconut (2 Easy ways!)

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Learn how to toast coconut with these two simple methods. It makes the perfect topping for cupcakes or cake, pies and even yogurt or oatmeal.

A jar filled with toasted coconut

Homemade toasted coconut could not be easier. There’s two simple ways to toast coconut, on the stovetop or in the oven. Using the stovetop is perfect if you don’t already have the oven turned on.

Straight of the bag, coconut is a little sticky and sweet. Once toasted it dries out and gives it a nuttier, deeper flavor. Toasting it yourself is super quick and easy and it definitely levels up the dessert.

If you’re not doing this yet, it’s time to start!

How to toast coconut

On the stovetop

This is the quickest and easiest way to toast coconut and allows you to have more control over the process. It takes 5-7 minutes depending on how high you have the heat. However, it is better to cook it on lower heat to prevent burning.

  • Place coconut in a skillet over medium-low to medium heat.
  • Once the coconut starts to turn brown, stir frequently to prevent burning. Continue cooking until it reaches the desired color.
  • Transfer the coconut to a plate to prevent it from further cooking. Cool completely.

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