When it comes to dairy substitutes, we hear a lot about almond milk, soy milk and even rice milk, but there’s another kind that’s been around for centuries that deserves some more attention: coconut milk! This rich, creamy ingredient is about to become one of your favorite things, once you check out this list from Food52 of all the ways you can cook with it. Read on for some great recipes that will make you fall in love with this tropical staple.

  1. Piña Colada
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    The traditional recipe calls for coconut cream, it’s true, but Food52 has tweaked the formula and added coconut milk for a drink that’s the perfect blend of sweet, creamy and vacation-worthy.
  2. Coconut Tres Leches
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    Think this traditional Latin dessert can’t get any better than the original? Then you haven’t tried this version, which swaps in coconut milk for a truly tropical, juicy treat. Since the recipe also uses whole milk, sweetened condensed milk and heavy whipping cream, maybe we should call this version “Cuatro Leches!”
  3. Coconut Cajeta With Chocolate Fondue
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    “Cajeta” is a thickened syrup made of caramelized milk. When combined with chocolate, you get a fondue that’s totally decadent and almost like an indulgent custard. When you make it with coconut milk, you can truly have your dessert and eat it too— it’s vegan and almost entirely guilt-free!
  4. Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Ice Cream
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    Keep the vegan trend going with this delicious ice cream! Whether you’re forgoing dairy milk for ethical reasons or because you’re lactose intolerant, using coconut milk to make this frozen treat will make your summer sweeter.
  5. Cheap Creamy Chicken Curry
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    Have a spicy dinner for only $2.50 per person! This smart recipe is cost-efficient without sacrificing taste, using the coconut milk for the perfect balance with all those delicious spices.
  6. Vegan Kale And White Bean Korma
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    “Korma” means meat or vegetables braised in a spicy sauce made with dairy or nut paste. This version keeps it vegan with hearty, satisfying vegetables and a coconut-milk-based sauce that is totally flavorful.
  7. Sautéed Spring Vegetables In Caramelized Coconut Broth
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    Mushrooms, chiles and cilantro form the center of this dish, and the caramelized coconut milk adds extra depth and flavor for something truly special.

These recipes are only the beginning of all the things you can make with coconut milk. Be sure to explore Food52’s list for even more ideas, including some great ways to incorporate coconut milk into your breakfast! Are you a fan? Which recipe will you try first?