Coconut Ice Cream

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. + cooling Process: 20 min./batch + freezing


2 quarts

Updated: Apr. 22, 2022
This coconut ice cream recipe is a refreshing dessert that can cap off a warm summer evening. It has a nice coconut flavor without being too strong. —Tamra Kriedeman, Enderlin, North Dakota
Coconut Ice Cream Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1-1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Toasted sweetened shredded coconut, optional


  1. In a saucepan, combine the milk, sugar and salt; cook, stirring frequently, over medium heat just until mixture begins to boil. Stir in 1/2 cup coconut. Remove from the heat; let stand for 30 minutes.
  2. Strain, discarding coconut. Place milk mixture in a large bowl; add cream, vanilla and remaining coconut. Cool completely. Freeze in an ice cream freezer according to manufacturer's directions.
  3. Transfer to a 2-qt. freezer container. Cover and freeze for at least 4 hours before serving. Garnish with toasted coconut if desired.

Coconut Ice Cream Tips

Can you make dairy-free coconut ice cream?

Dairy-free ice creams are usually made with thickening agents and other unique ingredients such as agave and are not a substitute for the dairy in this recipe. It’s best to start with a specially made dairy-free recipe.

What toppings go with a coconut ice cream recipe?

There are so many incredible items to make your homemade ice cream the tastiest it can be. And when to comes to toppings, the sky is the limit for coconut ice cream! Try chocolate, nuts, strawberries, caramel or even toasted coconut.

How do you store homemade coconut ice cream?

You can store homemade ice cream in the freezer for up to 2 months. Research contributed by Mark Hagen, Taste of Home Executive Editor

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 372 calories, 27g fat (18g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 139mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.