Opening a fresh coconut tutorial

Opening a fresh coconut tutorial

Follow our step-by-step tutorial on opening a fresh coconut the next time you have trouble cracking one open. 

Opening a fresh coconut

What you need

  • coconut
  • skewer
  • sharpening steel or hammer
  • bowl
  • butter knife

How to

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Peel away the brown husk to find the soft, indented ‘third eye’.

Opening a fresh coconut - step 1

2.  Pierce a hole using a skewer in the ‘third eye’. Drain the water by shaking. Place the whole, drained coconut on a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes.

Opening a fresh coconut - step 2

3. Holding the warm coconut with a tea towel, use a heavy, blunt tool (such as a sharpening steel or hammer), to break the husk by tapping all around the middle.

Opening a fresh coconut - step 3

4. To remove the flesh from the husk, gently prise it from the shell using a butter knife.

Opening a fresh coconut - step 4

Tip: To tell if a coconut is fresh, give it a shake and if you can hear the coconut water sloshing inside, it’s fresh.

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