How to Crack a Coconut


The safe way.

Cracking a coconut is easier than you might think. All you do is soak a husked coconut in water. Then, using the back of a large cleaver, forcefully tap on the horizontal lines of the shell. It breaks within seconds. However, the technique is a little unsafe.

So if you’re not stranded on an island and have a oven at your disposal, there’s another simple trick. Bake the coconut. Here’s how:


Step 1 coconut-1

Soak the coconut for about 10 minutes in water.

Step 2

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Find the three eyes of the coconut. With a paring knife, dig into them. You’ll notice that one is softer than the rest. Once you have a hole, drain the coconut water into a glass.

Step 3


Bake the coconut in the oven for 15 minutes at 375 degrees F. Meanwhile, enjoy your fresh coconut water.

Step 4


With oven mitts, remove the coconut from the oven and transfer to a cutting board. I used a kitchen sharpening steel, but any mallet will do. Find the 3 horizontal lines on the shell and hit them. (These are white coconuts so the raised lines are a little harder to see.)

Step 5


Once the coconut is cracked, rinse the inside with fresh water. You can use the shells as fruit bowls or fill them with gelato for a special treat.

Step 6


Score the coconut meat with a paring knife and it should come right out.

It’s that simple. Enjoy!

24 thoughts on “How to Crack a Coconut”

  1. The last time I even attempted to crack open a coconut, I found myself sitting outside on the concrete alternating between whacking it with a hammer and attempting to carve it like a jack o’latern.

    Your method looks much easier. I may have to give it a try one day. 🙂

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    1. I baked one longer to find that out. As long as you keep it under the 15 min range the coconut still taste fresh. 5 minutes more and I started noticing a difference with the texture, not taste. Hope this helps 🙂

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    1. Hi Sherrie. I was taught how to crack coconuts by a Fijian. There they do it with a long knife. Instead of giving my mom a heart attack when she saw the post, I figured out how to crack one after baking it. 🙂

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