Open a Coconut the Safe and Easy Way!


Open a Coconut the Safe and Easy Way!

One of the biggest reasons why I never purchased coconuts in the past was because of how hard they are to open. I mean I you could really hurt yourself trying to get that tasty white meat out of one of those thing. Well that was until I learned how to open a coconut the safe and easy way. Who would have thought that baking a coconut would pop it’s shell off like that? Certainly not me, but that is exactly what happened!

Now I have no excuse for not purchasing coconut’s and I am so excited for the amazing recipes I will soon be posting! Yum!

The first thing you will want to do when opening a coconut is find the soft eye at the top. Every coconut has three ‘eyes’. Two of them are hard and one is soft. By taking a “clean” screwdriver and poking at the holes you will be able to find the soft one. The screwdriver will be able to go into the eye without much force.

When you find the soft eye move the screw driver around to make that hole as big as you can. This will allow you to drain out the delicious coconut water from the inside.

As the water is draining out of the coconut you will want to set your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once the oven is preheated you will want to place your coconut on the baking rack for about 15 minutes or until the shell of the coconut cracks.

Once you see the shell cracking (about 15 minutes in oven) you will need to get it out of the oven. Be careful as the coconut will be hot. Place the coconut on counter and hit several times with a hammer until the shell separates from the coconut meat.

If you have some of the coconut that is still stuck in the shell you can take a butter knife or flat head screwdriver around the shell between the shell and the meat of the coconut. This will help to separate the coconut so that you can remove it from the shell easily.

Once you have the coconut out of the shell you can take a vegetable peeler and remove the soft brown skin from the coconut meat.

There you go! A safe and easy way to remove the shell from a coconut! Look at that delicious white ball of coconut meat!




  1. Wow that looks so easy. I don’t buy coconuts because they are such a pain but now I have no excuse – thank you!
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  2. That is amazing! I always leave opening coconuts to someone else, but each will always be parted in half. Unlike that one pictured above. It looks so beautiful as a ball and it seems so easy! Thanks for sharing!

    • This one did stay in a beautiful ball…but sometimes they do still crack in half. But opening them is so much easier this way!

  3. What a great tip! Back when we lived in Hawaii, we’d have coconuts fall into our yard all the time. Well, I love coconut, but I had so many problems getting them to open. A neighbor showed me how he had a tall stick shoved into his yard. It had a very sharp point on the end. He’d grab the coconut and slam it onto that spike, and it would crack wide open. I don’t recommend this method. I wound up in the hospital getting stitches in my arm the first time I ever tried it. Came home and there was my neighbor laughing and laughing. “I was just teasing you, crazy woman!” he said. I never liked him much after that.

    Anyway, if you haven’t already, I’d love if you’d come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.

  4. I am confident I would not have known how to open a coconut without this post. I have been taught how to peel a pineapple, but this is a whole new level! We are starting a link up party on Thursdays (today:), and we would love for you to join us with this post and/or any others you would like to include. We are at Hope to see you there!!

  5. That looks so easy. I was so frustrated last time I bought a coconut.

  6. Good to know! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Sharon Siqueiros says:

    I never buy cocnuts cause I had no idea how to open them without hammering it to death….hehehe
    Thanks so much for posting this, it’s easy and looks much safer!!!!

  8. Good information! I’ve never tried to open a coconut but now I’ll know how 🙂

    Thanks for linking up this post to The Best Blog Recipe’s Weekend re-Treat #7!

    Wanted to stop by and pin your image to My Link Parties Craft/DIY & Recipe Boards while I was here.


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