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6 Ways to Use Instant Coffee

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Spice up your cooking—in an instant

When you think of instant coffee, you probably associate it as your go-to caffeine fix when you’re in a pinch. You need caffeine—ASAP. Whether you’re stuck in a hotel room, camping in the woods or blasting off to space, the often-overlooked instant coffee has a lot more to offer than just brewing and drinking it.

Instant coffee sitting near a campfire with two black mugs.

Just a pinch of the Death Wish Dark Roast Instant Coffee has the power to transform any meal. Level up your cooking or baking game—in an instant. From savory dinners to mouthwatering desserts, instant coffee is about to become your pantry staple.

6 Ways to Use Instant Coffee

1. Smoothies and Milkshakes

Next time you’re blending up your power breakfast, lace it with a little sprinkle of instant coffee. That little pinch of caffeine will have you feeling ready hit the gym, survive the morning carpool or crush that 12-hour work shift.


A blueberry smoothie with instant coffee on top.

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2. Marinades

Backyard BBQ? Date night? Impromptu visit from the in-laws? Instant coffee saves the day. Brew up some instant coffee and marinate your steak, chicken, tofu or asparagus—a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Two marinated steaks cooking on a top of a grill.

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3. Oatmeal or Cereal

Spice up your morning routine by adding a tablespoon of instant coffee to your usual oatmeal slosh or cereal and milk. Combining your breakfast and morning coffee into one magically caffeinated meal is like killing two birds with one stone.

A bowl of oatmeal topped with bananas, nuts and instant coffee.

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4. Ice Cream Topping

Do you have a sweet tooth? Garnish your favorite ice cream with a sprinkle of instant coffee and enjoy the flavors as the ice cream melts into a caffeinated treat.

Ice cream with coffee topping.

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5. Salad Dressing

No good story ever started with a salad. Make vegetables more enjoyable by whipping up a coffee vinaigrette. All it takes is a little instant coffee mixed with your favorite salad dressing—game changer.

A bowl of salad topped with an instant coffee vinaigrette dressing.

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6. Cookies and Brownies

Add a teaspoon (or four) to your go-to chocolate chip cookie or brownie recipe. Instant coffee is the perfect addition to make your favorite chocolate treat even more indulgent.

A stack of three brownies made with instant coffee.[Image Credit: iMattSmart via Unsplash]

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