To toast coconut, spread the coconut evenly over a cookie sheet. Bake the coconut in an oven heated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for seven to eight minutes. The coconut appears light golden-brown when it's ready.
Coconut burns quickly, so watch it closely, and remove it from the heat as soon as it turns light brown. Remove the toasted coconut from the cookie sheet immediately after coming out of the oven, because the heat from the pan continues browning the coconut. Toast coconut in the microwave by heating it on high for four to eight minutes, stirring it with a fork every minute.