How To Melt Coconut Oil? 4 Ways

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A well-known and rising popular plant-based fat is coconut oil. It is an extremely nutritious oil with mouthwatering flavors. Additionally, it is an incredibly flexible cooking ingredient. When baking, you might occasionally want to use coconut oil that has been melted or softened. Coconut oil becomes completely liquid at a temperature of about 24°C (76°F), which is its melting point. You can learn how to melt the coconut oil by reading this article.

What Is Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil is a type of edible oil that is derived from the fruit of the coconut palm. Very few people might know this, but it is also referred to as coconut butter.

Since it is a natural ingredient that is used in so many different industries, it is safe to say that everyone has heard of this oil.

Obviously, being edible and all that, it can be used in many savory and sweet recipes and is also used to manufacture many food products such as chocolate and candies.

It is also a very popular ingredient in cosmetic products, lotions, and many other beauty-related products. Additionally, there are countless articles on skin and hair care that use coconut oil straight.

Coconut Oil Melting Temperatures

The temperatures are frequently generalized because there are too many variable factors at play, so it is important to keep this in mind before we talk about melting points.

The melting point of coconut oil (and other solid oils as a matter of fact) is determined by the number of fatty acids present – this is a fact. Coconut oil has 10 different fatty acids, each with different melting points themselves.

There is a ton of scientific mumbo jumbo that we can go into, but the bottom line is that coconut oil consists of mostly medium-chain fatty acids which have an average melting temperature of 76°F (24°C).

Again, this temperature can vary a little depending on the kind of coconut oil.

Given that refined coconut oil has undergone more processing (and had nutrients removed) than unrefined coconut oil, it is safe to assume that the two have slightly different melting points.

Because of the production process, fractionated coconut oil does indeed have a lower melting point.

The Best Way To Melt Coconut Oil

In The Microwave

Microwaving coconut oil is probably the easiest way to melt it for baking because it melts so quickly. You can either microwave the entire jar or just a small portion that you spoon out into a dish that is microwave-safe. Once the lid has been removed, place a paper towel over the dish or jar’s top.

Start heating on your microwave’s lowest setting, which could be level 1 or level 2 on the dial, the “defrost” setting, or a low wattage like 200W. Set a 10-second timer, then keep an eye on your oil throughout that period.

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Keep heating your coconut oil in 10-second bursts and stir occasionally to ensure that it melts evenly because coconut oil can explode in a matter of seconds. Once the mixture is clear and free of any remaining solid coconut oil, stop microwaving.

No problems arise when coconut oil is repeatedly melted and solidified. Therefore, don’t worry about heating and cooling the entire jar. In fact, doing this is probably more practical!

In A Hot Water Bath

This method is also known as au bain Marie. While stirring, you pour the coconut oil into a bowl that is set inside a pan of simmering water. The fire is not on at this point.

The temperature of the water will cause the coconut oil to melt on its own.
Put the pan on low heat to hasten the process if you’re in a rush.

A double boiler is a comparable but slightly more user-friendly technique. This pan consists of two pans stacked one on top of the other. The hot water is placed in the bottom pan, while the food is placed in the top pan.

If you need to melt a lot of coconut oil or add other ingredients, this method is very useful.

Over The Stove

The second-best method for melting coconut oil for baking is most likely heating oil on the stove. It requires a little more time than microwaving and may require more cleanup.


Set your jar of coconut oil in the center of a saucepan of gently simmering water. You can scoop out what you need and put it in a dish rather than heating the entire jar. Then you can put this dish in the pot, but make sure it is deep enough to prevent water from accidentally splashing in.

When placing your dish or jar into the hot water, be sure to put on gloves for your own protection. Your jar or dish should remain in the hot water after the heat has been turned off. After roughly five minutes, all of the coconut oil should have melted.


Scoop out the desired quantity of coconut oil and add it right away to the saucepan. Allow the oil to gradually melt while heating the pan over medium heat. In order for the oil to melt evenly, stir or swirl the pan with a spatula.

Go Natural

Coconut oil should always be melted naturally.
If you just need your oil to be soft and creamy in texture, you only need temperatures of 24° C (76° F) or less.

This is the least invasive and healthiest way to melt coconut oil if the temperatures of the season or the climate where you live permit it.

Scoop out the necessary quantity of coconut oil and place it in a bowl or jar. Set it aside in a warm location. Cover the jar with a cloth or piece of fabric if it is in direct sunlight, which is fine for a short while.

Simply melt the oil between your hands and use it as a hair mask on your hair if that’s what you’re planning to do.

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