Latik Recipe ( fried coconut milk curd )

January 28, 2013 (Last Updated: July 10, 2016)

How to make Latik

Latik Recipe is made from “Kakang Gata” it is the first extract from freshly grated mature coconut. If fresh coconut is not available in your area you can use canned coconut milk.  Latik is very easy to make, just simmer the coconut milk in a saucepan until it reduces to coconut oil and solids begin to form at the top surface. These solids are left to fry in the coconut oil until golden brown.

Latík is commonly used as toppings for a variety of Filipino desserts including Maja blanca, Sapin-sapin, Cassava suman, Biko and Ube halaya.  It is also a delicious topping for vanilla ice cream.

how to make latik

Latik Ingredients

  • 1 can Coconut Milk (400ml) or
  • 2 cups of fresh shredded mature Coconut
  • 2 cups warm water

Latik Cooking Instructions

  • Mix the grated coconut with the warm water in a large bowl.
  • Scoop the coconut into a sheet of cheesecloth and squeeze over the bowl to express as much coconut juice as possible then strain into a  pan. Discard the coconut.
  • Bring the liquid to a boil and cook until the mixture is dry, about 15 minutes
  • When the texture turns gelatinous, lower the heat and continue stirring.
  • It will curdle as it dries, continue stirring until brownish residues are formed which are called ‘latik.’
  • This can be used right away to top your Filipino dessert or store it in the fridge for a few days.


Latik Recipe is made from “Kakang Gata” it is the first squeeze from freshly grated mature coconut.

latik recipe

Latik also a delicious topping for vanilla ice cream. .

latik recipe



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    January 31, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Looks yummy! I wonder how it would taste on ice cream….:)

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    Susan De Lara

    January 30, 2013 at 1:33 am

    This seems like a very simple receipe. I try to sample different types of foods and get my family to be open minded enough to sample as well. This will be something I will try as the ingrediants are familular and should not need to much coaxing.

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    Ana Lara

    January 29, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Love coconut! I will make this recipe for my family!

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    jorjanna hacken

    January 29, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    OH EM GEE! This sounds amaaaaazing! Going to try this! Wish me luck! 🙂

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