How to Replace Butter with Coconut Oil

Hello everyone, with the holiday season coming up I know a lot of you are going to be doing quite a bit of extra baking. One of the best things you can do when baking is

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replace butter in any of your recipes with Kelapo Coconut Oil. When substituting coconut oil for butter one of the most important things to remember is that you need to get the coconut oil to the same consistency that the recipe calls for the butter to be whether it is solid, liquefied, or softened. Here are some simple tips for adjusting the consistency of your coconut oil:

Solid to Liquid

Place your desired amount of coconut oil into a bowl and microwave about 30 seconds.

Solid to Softened

Place your desired amount of coconut oil into a microwave safe dish and microwave 10 seconds microwave an additional 5 seconds if you do not see the desired results, don’t worry if you go too far you can just throw it in the freezer for a minute.

Liquid to solid

To quickly convert liquid coconut oil to its solid-state place the desired amount of coconut oil into the freezer for five minutes.

Liquid to Softened

To soften your liquid coconut oil place your desired amount in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.

Softened to Solid

Depending on how soft your coconut oil is you can quickly convert it to its solid state by placing it in the freezer for 1-5 minutes

Softened to Liquid

To liquefy your softened coconut oil place the desired amount into a microwave safe dish and microwave for 20-30 seconds.

I hope you found this quick guide helpful and informative!


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17 Comments Post a comment

  1. eric
    November 17, 2013 at 5:11 am

    I keep reading that the microwave destroys any good benefits in coconut oil. What are the facts?

    • November 18, 2013 at 11:43 am


      You may melt your coconut oil on a stove top as an alternative. The microwave may destroy the benefits of any foods, however many still use this just a convenience factor.

  2. vicky
    January 16, 2014 at 1:36 am

    what is the flashpoint of coconut oil? and is there an ideal temp. for using coconut oil?

    • January 16, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      Vicky, the smoke point (the highest you can take an oil before the flash point) of unrefined coconut oil is between 350 and 375 F. You can use coconut oil at any temperature below that and still enjoy the full benefits and flavor!

  3. Anna
    April 26, 2014 at 8:48 am

    I’m looking forward to trying it!

  4. Audrey
    July 25, 2014 at 11:04 am


  5. Terre
    December 22, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Merry Christmas, do I use equal parts coconut oil to replace butter

    • December 30, 2014 at 11:50 am

      Merry Christmas Terre! Yes, you would use equal parts. So if your recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of butter you just need 1 tablespoon of coconut oil instead. Enjoy!

  6. June
    April 14, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Can I substitute coconut oil for margarine in cookies?

    • April 15, 2015 at 12:06 pm


      You most definitely can! Coconut oil is especially great in cookies/baked goods. Simply replace the recipe that calls for margarine, butter, or oil for coconut oil in a 1:1 ratio. Hope you like your batch of cookies 🙂

  7. Pam
    May 17, 2015 at 8:25 am

    I am just beginning to try to use coconut oil in my diet but I am a little confused. If I am baking (cookies, for example) should the measurement be as if I were using butter – 1/2 cup butter equals 1/2 cup coconut oil measured in a solid state?? If I am adding coconut oil to my dog’s diet (in his food), should I measure the amount in a solid or liquid state? Or does it really matter? I have a 90lb. golden retriever so, from what I’ve read, I should slowly build up to about 3 tablespoons a day. Any info would be helpful! Thanks!

    • June 15, 2015 at 2:37 pm


      If the recipe calls for melted butter, then you would measure your coconut oil in a melted state. Otherwise, you can replace any recipe in a 1:1 swap. If it is easier for your dog to consume the coconut oil in a liquid form, this is totally okay!

  8. Arlen Dunham
    May 27, 2015 at 6:41 am

    What are the Health Benefits using Coconut Oil ?
    Coach Dunham

    • July 22, 2015 at 2:01 pm


      There are numerous health benefits of coconut oil. Coconut oil contained medium chain triglycerides, which are absorbed via the liver and used directly for energy once consumed. Due to this, you may experience an energy boost. Coconut oil also contains anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, which may be helpful for topical application. The main use for coconut oil is a healthy alternative to butter or oil when cooking and baking. Simply replace any recipe that calls for butter or oil with coconut oil in 1:1 ratio. Hope this helps!

  9. Jim
    July 21, 2015 at 12:12 am

    I tried using coconut oil when pan frying. It melts very quickly, but the food product burned very quickly. Is it necessary to adjust cooking time to obtain a normal result? Also, I have ruined three ceramic fry pans (different sizes) because after using the coconut oil, everything sticks even though there is more liquid oil than necessary remaining in the pan when finished. How do you fry with this oil without ruining all your pans?

    • July 22, 2015 at 1:43 pm


      When using an unrefined coconut oil, the smoke point is around 350-375 degrees F. From personal experience, try placing the coconut oil in a cast iron pan and heat on medium-high before placing your ingredients in to fry. I do recommend watching your ingredients carefully to make sure they don’t burn and adjust the heat as needed. I have done mahi-mahi before and it came out beautiful as long as I followed those tips. If you don’t have a cast iron pan, I would try a regular non-stick one. Hope this helps!

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