Coconut Cream Vs Coconut Milk

When a recipe calls for coconut milk, can you use coconut cream instead, or vice versa?

1. Difference Between Coconut Cream and Coconut Milk

The difference between coconut cream and coconut milk lies mainly in the different concentration of their fat and water content that cause them to have different consistency.

Properties Coconut Cream (per 100 g) Coconut Milk (per 100 g)
Total fat 34.68 g 23.84 g
Water 53.9 g 67.62 g

As you can see from above, coconut cream has more total fat but lesser water than coconut milk, which is why coconut cream has a thick consistency while coconut milk appears thin and runny. This also means that coconut cream has a richer flavor.

That's why when a recipe calls for coconut milk, you should not use coconut cream or the texture and flavor of the food will become different. Same goes for recipes that call for coconut cream to make dishes that require creamy texture and if you use coconut milk, the outcome will be more watery instead of creamy.

Of course, if you don't mind the texture you can use them both interchangeably. That's totally up to you.

But if you do mind and want to make sure you're using either of them correctly to make perfect dishes, you can ...read more »