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How To Make Latik

Latik is toasted coconut curds used in many Filipino desserts referred to as kakanin.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword coconut cream, coconut milk, how to make latik, latik recipe, toasted coconut curds
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 31 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 184 kcal


  • 2 cans 13.5 fl oz Coconut Milk or Cream


  1. Put coconut milk in a saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat.
  2. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer coconut milk until it reduces to a thick cream.
  3. Once it forms the thick cream stir the mixture to cook evenly.
  4. It will separate into coconut oil and latik (toasted coconut curds).
  5. Continue cooking the latik or coconut curds until golden brown.
  6. This process will take at least an hour or so.
  7. Once golden brown turn off heat.
  8. Drain the coconut oil and use it for cooking.
  9. Let the latik cool down and place in an air tight container.
  10. Store it in the fridge to last for months.

Recipe Notes

  1. If you often use latik make extra servings and place it in the fridge.
  2. You may adjust this recipe to 1 can of coconut milk if you’re using it only for one dessert.
  3. If coconut milk doesn't produce enough oil to help toast the curds or latik add 2  tablespoons of olive oil.
Nutrition Facts
How To Make Latik
Amount Per Serving
Calories 184 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Sodium 12mg 1%
Potassium 210mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin C 2.7%
Calcium 1.3%
Iron 7.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.