How to Open a Young Coconut with a Kitchen Knife


Coconut water is a sweet, healthy drink that is growing in popularity. Aside from great taste, it's also a good source of potassium and electrolytes. So you can use it in place of sports drinks that contain dyes and ingredients you really don't need.

In addition to that, rumor has it, that coconut water is similar to the structure of human plasma, so in cases of extreme dehydration it can be used intravenously. Good to know, but I think I'll stick to drinking it.

Opening your own coconut is really pretty simple. It takes a little muscle and a little nerve to whack it open, but if I can do it you can do it, just watch your fingers.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Sharp kitchen knife
  • Young Thai Coconut
  • Container for the coconut water


  • Turn your coconut on it's side with the pointy tip parallel to your cutting board. 
  • Take your knife at an angle and shave off the outer layer of your coconut, make sure to follow the natural curve of your coconut and avoid trying to saw it open.
  • Repeat this process on all sides, until your coconut has a dome shape. 
  • Now for the fun part, find the bottom edge or the heel of the blade of your knife, closest to the handle. It should come to a 90 degree angle. Point the edge of the angle at the coconut. Your wrist should be at a 45 degree angle. 
  • Take your hand off the cutting board, reach back and whack your coconut. You may need to do it a few times. *Hey there, please don't hack your fingers off please. If you do, I'm not liable, sorry.
  • You'll see in the picture above the 1" cut on the left hand side of the coconut. From there I stuck my knife inside and cut approximately half of the dome and pulled the rest off with my hands.

As you can see, the coconut is full of water, which is delicious and much more interesting and flavorful than store bought. Plus you can tell everyone how you cut it open yourself. Don't forget to save the coconut meat to cook with. My coconut meat was kind of a gel in this coconut, sometimes it's firmer than others. I think I'll make something like this with it tomorrow.