Crema de Coco

Crema de Coco

8 to 10 servings
Pati Jinich
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: canela, cinnamon, coconut, coconut milk, pati's mexican table, Sweetened Condensed Milk
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Crema de Coco recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 1 “Chachi’s Champotón Kitchen”


  • 3/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes, or angel flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon fleur de sal, or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground canela, or true cinnamon
  • 2 14-ounce cans coconut milk
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup milk

To Prepare

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Spread the sweetened coconut flakes on a small baking sheet, sprinkle with the salt and cinnamon, and mix and spread again. Bake 7 to 8 minutes, or until the coconut flakes barely begin to toast (don't let them brown entirely). They should be slightly crisp and still chewy. Remove from the oven and immediately transfer to a small bowl.
  • Pour the coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk into a medium saucepan.
  • In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch with the regular milk and stir until completely dissolved. Pour it into the pan with the coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk.
  • Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring continuously, until the mixture begins to simmer and thicken, about 8 to 10 minutes, until it coats the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from heat.
  • Immediately ladle into custard bowls or ramekins, sprinkle with the toasted coconut. Serve warm right away. Or serve cold later on by letting cool completely, then covering with plastic wrap and chilling in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.

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  1. I’m so hooked on this desert. I like mine chilled. I modify by adding freshly grated nutmeg to mixture and essence. I also add the salt after I sprinkle the toasted coconut. Thanks !

  2. Hola Pati,
    This recipe sounds delicious, I LOVE coconut. DO you have any substitute for the sweetened condensed milk? No me gusta la leche sweetened condensed milk. I really want to make this recipe.
    Stay safe & well, and thank you for the recipes.

    1. You can try coconut cream instead Reyna, and if is the sweetness what you don’t like about condensed milk, just use unsweetened cream instead! Enjoy 😉

  3. Hi Pati!
    I am obsessed with watching you on Prime Video. I will be making the creme de coco this weekend for my family. I enjoy the way you explain your recipes and your expression after you taste it 😋. Thank you

  4. Gracias Paty!!! La crema de coco es sabrosa. Mucha Gracias!. Viva Mexico!🇲🇽
    Ps we love your recipes and show.

  5. ¡Hola, Pati! Muchas gracias para esta receta. Mi esposo es de Nicaragua entonces me gustaría aprender recetas que él le gusta. Una pregunta- can you freeze these left overs? We have more than we can eat.

    1. There is sweetened condensed coconut milk! I made this using coconut milk and almond milk too. I did add nutmeg to help with the flavor

  6. Hi Pati!
    Just made the cream De Coco and it came out extremely thick after 4 minutes. I didn’t have corn starch so I used potato starch (which we use in Germany). Could that be the reason?

    1. Yes, for sure, it was probably the potato starch – as it is a different ingredient. You may want to use less and cook for less time as well, Lydia.

  7. I made this and it was delicious. Even the picky kids who “don’t like coconut” really liked it! Can’t do better than that.

  8. The Crema de coco was so easy to make. What brand of coconut milk did you use? I may have used one that’s not up to par in taste. There’s an after taste that’s left. I’m sure I bought the wrong one.

    1. Oh I’m sorry to hear this. I recommend you experiment with the different brands you have at your local store to see which you like best.

  9. Can’t wait to try this recipe I think this will be one of our favorite recipes to do in the summer
    Thanks Pati we love your sjow!

  10. Hi Pati! I’m trying to find a recipe you did a couple years ago. Coconut eggnog. I made it and my family loved it, but now I can’t find the recipe. Can you help me?

  11. I can’t wait to make this just saw the episode a few minutes ago and had to find it! I’m so excited Thank You Pati!!

  12. Hi patty loved your creama decoco recipe,and Dannys flourless chocolate pecan cake,was so good,I love all your shows,and how you love your family and Mexico!

  13. Super rico! We have made it twice now and it is a total hit…the coconut flavor is intense and very satisfying. Gracias por compartir!

  14. Hi Pati, I want to make this but I am not sure what kind of coconut milk to use. There are unsweetened, sweetened, and they are quite different.
    I have both your books and have made several recipes from your show. My friends loved your grilled pineapple drink. As did I.
    Thank you for sharing your excitement for cooking.

  15. Just received your Mexican Table cookbook for a Christmas gift from my son.Cant wait to start cooking from it,all though I think I will start with Crema de coco and the achiote chicken tamales which isn’t in the book.You are an inspiration in the Mexican kitchen.thank you

  16. Love your show and love this recipe.
    😋First recipe I tried was pico de guacamole! Love them all!
    Hope you do your show forever! 😍

  17. Hola Pati como se llama el platillo que hizo con Este postre de coco era un tamal de pollo con Achiote y hoja de platano

  18. Se ve riquisima! Definitivamente la tengo que hacer. Gracias por compartir tanto de nuestro bello México. Saludos y muchisimo mas suerte y bendiciones.

  19. I am your fan since day one. Love this easiest recipe will try soon.

    Continue sharing easy desert recipes

    Love You and All the Best for your TV shows.

  20. I Did This Recipe Yesterday For Mothers Day , It Was Spectacular , Everyone Absolutely Loved It, It Was Just So Perfectly Creamy. Thank You Soo Much Pati For Sharing With Us. I Loooove Your Show And All Your Recipes!!!!

  21. I have been looking for this recipe since I was 6 years old.. yep… my first introduction was in a Swanson Enchilada TV dinner! My favorite dessert ever! I let someone else eat the meal! This recipe took me back! And was obviously much better!!

  22. I was so excited to make this and I followed the recipe exactly and found it to be to bland. It was sweet….maybe even too sweet and not enough “umph”. Even my grand children did not care for it. I don’t know what I did wrong. It was beautiful to look at, but no one wanted to eat it.

    1. It may be the brand of coconut milk you used in the recipe. I find that some of the coconut milks available in the grocery store are bland and lack coconut flavor. I would recommend using Aroy-D, Chaokoh, or Trader Joe’s brand coconut milk. It may be worth another try if you used a different brand.

  23. Pati, thanks for sharing your recipes! And congratulations on such a lovely Season 5 that shows so much of the beauty of Mexico! I have watched your program since the beginning and have seen your boys grow up, just like a neighbor or friend. You are so real and warm in your presentations.

    I love coconut and this is the first recipe from Season 5 that I am going to try. I can almost taste the flavors of this sweet custard dessert.
    Your eternal fan and friend, Sylvieann

    1. Hey Sylvieann, thank you, thank you. So happy you like Season 5, we are now planning where to go for Season 6! So many places to explore… Thank you for sticking with me since the early seasons… that means a lot.!