Before you begin cooking with coconut oil, it's important to understand which type you're using. The smoke point of virgin coconut oil is 350°F — best for baking and sautéing. The smoke point of refined coconut oil is 400°F, which makes it a better option for frying or cooking at higher temperatures. In most cases, you can substitute coconut oil 1:1 for other oils and butters.
Since coconut oil usually comes in glass jars and is solid at room temperature, the best way to measure it is typically to heat it up until it's a liquid (76°F). If you're sautéing with coconut oil or using it to grease baking pans, consider buying it in cooking spray form. Whether it's in a jar or a spray can, coconut oil can be stored in your pantry or fridge.