Can You Microwave Coconut Oil?

Want to know if you can microwave coconut oil to melt it?

We not only answer that question, but we will also highlight the different methods that can be used to melt coconut oil.

Let’s get started.

Can You Microwave Coconut Oil to Melt It?

Can You Microwave Coconut Oil to Melt It

Yes, you will be able to use the microwave to melt coconut oil. Coconut oil solidifies at temperatures below 76 °F (24 °C) and once it reaches temperatures higher than that, it will melt. Coconut oil will harden after melting, once the temperature falls below 76 °F (24 °C). It is safe to melt and solidify the oil as many times as needed.

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How to Melt Coconut Oil: 3 Different Options to Use

We have already established that the microwave can be used to melt coconut oil, but there are other methods that can be used.

We take a detailed look at each, along with detailed step-by-step instructions.

1. Microwave

The microwave is the quickest way to melt hardened coconut oil. It should be melted and ready to use in a couple of seconds.


  1. Scoop out the amount of coconut oil that you need in a microwave-safe bowl or container.
  2. Microwave for 15 seconds or until the coconut oil has fully melted.
  3. Allow the oil to cool before using.

2. On the Stovetop

If you do not have a microwave, you can melt coconut oil by placing it in a pot on the stove.


  1. Open the jar of coconut oil and scoop out the amount that you need.
  2. Place the scooped oil into a saucepan.
  3. Allow the coconut oil to heat on a low flame. After a couple of seconds, it should revert back to its liquid state.
  4. Let the oil cool before using.

3. Warm Water Bath

If you want to melt a container full of coconut oil, you can let it sit for a minute or two in a warm water bath.

Please Note: The water should be warm and not boiling hot, as there is a chance it could break the coconut oil’s container if it is glass or melt it, depending on the type of plastic.


  1. Fill a pan or container with warm water.
  2. Place the container with the coconut oil into the pan or container.
  3. Let it sit in the warm water till the coconut oil melts. This should be 1-2 minutes.
  4. Let the oil cool before using.

Wrapping it up

There you have it, a detailed look at the different ways that can be used to melt coconut oil.

Now I’d like to turn things over to you:

If you used any of the methods above, how did it turn out?

How will you be planning to use your melted coconut oil? I am a bit curious.

Let me know your opinion in the comments section below.

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