These days, it seems like everyone is digging coconut.
There's coconut water, coconut milk, shredded coconut, coconut aminos, and even coconut manna to try. Not to mention, coconut oil seems to pop up in just about every smoothie recipe you can find.
But there's much more to this versatile oil than just amping up a smoothie—in fact, we love it the most in savory recipes. And don't think that means only tropical dishes. Coconut oil can multitask in everything from fried chicken to broccolini salad. Try a few of our favorites for yourself—we promise, you'll be a coconut oil convert!
This drool-worthy dish uses coconut three ways—in oil, aminos, and flakes. Fix up this easy entree for a supremely satisfying dinner.
Protein-packed lentils and quinoa form the base for this hearty bowl. Topped with a fresh carrot and beet slaw, this dish makes the perfect vegan entree.
Never tasted fried okra? You've got to try this Southern delicacy. Here, we've fried it in coconut oil for even more flavor.
A creamy Thai red curry envelopes salmon and kelp noodles in this dish that comes together in less than 30 minutes. On a chilly fall night, there's no more satisfying dinner.
Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, these carrot pancakes make the perfect base for sorrel pesto and a sunny-side up egg.
Even broccoli haters will like this side. Lightly sauteed broccolini gets slathered in a tangy coconut oil vinaigrette to really take things up a notch.
What's game day without chicken wings? This option is not only gluten-free and Paleo-friendly, but also finger-lickin' good.
A perennial favorite, crab cakes are often held together with starchy bread crumbs and dunked in mayonnaise. These, on the other hand, remain delectably light and fresh.
Pair this dairy-free creamed spinach with a simply grilled steak or use it to make eggs florentine. However you enjoy it, spinach has never tasted so good.
Photo credit: Paul Delmont