How to Toast Coconut

Learn how to toast coconut in the oven or on the stovetop with these easy methods. Toasted coconut elevates any coconut dessert recipe with only a few minutes of work!

Course How-To
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 8 (but variable)
Calories 70 kcal
Author Alyssa


  • 1 cup flaked coconut, sweetened or unsweetened


How to toast coconut in the oven:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper (makes for easier cleanup). Spread flaked coconut on the sheet in an even layer.

  2. Place the baking sheet on a middle rack in the oven and toast for 5-7 minutes, or until the coconut is becoming fragrant and is turning golden.

  3. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and immediately transfer the toasted coconut to a plate or bowl to cool completely.

How to toast coconut on the stove top:

  1. Arrange flaked coconut in an even layer in a dry (ungreased) skillet set over medium-low heat. Let the coconut toast, stirring occasionally, for 10-12 minutes, or until golden. Stay close and watch to be sure it doesn't burn. Once toasted to your liking, immediately remove to a plate or bowl to cool completely.

Recipe Notes

Store toasted coconut in an air-tight bag, container, or jar.


Nutritional information shown is an estimate for a 2-tbsp serving of sweetened flaked coconut.


With either method, keep a close eye on the coconut as it's toasting. It can become burnt quickly. One tell with oven toasting coconut is that it's almost done when it just becomes fragrant. 

Nutrition Facts
How to Toast Coconut
Amount Per Serving (2 tbsp)
Calories 70 Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.5g 7%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Sodium 35mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 1g 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.