I came across coconut shrimp a while ago and I really liked the sound of them but I was not too sure about deep frying so I bookmarked them to try later. I recently came across them again and now that I am more comfortable with deep frying it was time to try them. The coconut shrimp were really easy to make. They follow the standard frying steps of dredging in flour, dipping in egg and bread crumbs and of course, in this case, the coconut. The coconut shrimp were really good! They were nice and crispy on the outside and warm and succulent on the inside with a hint of coconut. I served the coconut prawns with an easy sweet chili saucewith some apricot preserves mixed in for a bit of a sweet and spicy kick.
Coconut Shrimp with Apricot Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce
- 1 pound shrimp (peeled and deveined)
- 1 cup flour
- 1 egg (lightly beaten)
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- oil for frying
- Dredge the shrimp in the flour.
- Dip the shrimp into the egg.
- Dip the shrimp into the panko and coconut mixture.
- Fry the shrimp in the oil until golden brown, no more than 2 minutes.
Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce
- 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
- 1 tablespoon apricot preserves
- Mix the sweet chili sauce and apricot preserves.
The coconut shrimp look delicious! I also want to tell you that I’m in awe of the frequency of your posts. You are truly a cooking and blogging machine… amazing!
Oooh please let me have a shrimp and dip it in! Sounds and looks totally fabulous Kevin.
Those look delicious! Even though it’s deep fried, I’m sure I would eat a million of them!
Peter M says
Kevin, this looks super-good…love this when dining out and I, for sure have to try it at home.
Vicarious Foodie says
What a pretty presentation! The shrimp look like they have a really good crunch to them, too.
By the by, I was searching for a good example of kung pao shrimp to show my husband and your post came up on Google. It looked *perfect*.
Absolutely delicious looking! I cannot wait to try this. It’s simple and I can only imagine it being excellent.
Mmm, that dipping sauce sounds like the perfect balance of sweet & spicy!
Mrs Ergül says
2 of my favourite ingredients in 1 dish! I’m very sure these are fantastic!
That dipping sauce looks amazing! and I don’t even like coconut shrimp…haha!! Delicious!
That dipping sauce sounds great! The flavor sounds perfect for sweet crunchy coconut shrimp 🙂
Love this combo!
My husband LOVES coconut shrimp. I will have to make this with the sweet sauce very soon. I may even have to have a taste myself!
Diana Evans says
my favorite Kevin!!! I used to get these every time I went to Canyon Creek on Front Street…yummmmmmm
now I am going to try your recipe…thanks!!!
I love coconut shrimp, too… The apricot sweet chili dipping sauce is something new and sounds too good… I have to try that next time I have coconut shrimp!
Oh My – These look so yummy.
I love cooking with Panko bread crumbs there is just something about them that really adds to a dish. I made recently a recipe, Panko and Blue Cheese crusted Filet Mignon with a Port wine reduction. Damn Good.
Jessy and her dog Winnie says
Wow. Is there anything you can’t make? Looks great as always!
Flanboyant Eats says
i don’t do shrimp but i sure wouldn’t mind cooking it for friends and clients… nice!
Lulu Barbarian says
Kevin, these look great, but I have to say that the one time I had coconut shrimp in a restaurant they were way too sweet for me. I don’t mind the dipping sauce being sweet, but I don’t really want the coating on the shrimp to be too sweet.
So, would you say that these are pretty sweet and that’s just how they’re supposed to be? Or do you think maybe I should try them again?
noble pig says
I have never met a coconut shrimp I didn’t love. Beautiful presentation.
Mochachocolata Rita says
how come it is a post of an empty plate? i guess rita’s wiped ur plate clean, kevin!
Alas, we haven’t really gotten over the whole deep-frying-as-a-dealbreaker thing. ;D
We’re getting better though: we’re now OK with shallow-frying.
Pretty straight forward recipe, easy to memorize the ingredients and definitely will try it soon. Will get back to you with the verdict.
Christie @ fig & cherry says
Yum! Very tropical! Love the dipping sauce dish too.
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
Ooohhhh, those are very tempting shrimps! A great combo! Delicious!
Lulu Barbarian: I did not find the shrimp to be sweet at all. To ensure that they are not sweet just make sure to use unsweetened shredded coconut.
chocolate shavings says
That sounds tasty!
how you keep coming up with these fabulous combinations of random ingredients is beyond me. keep it up–you’re helping to keep me well fed! 🙂
I can’t get over the colors if this dish, so bright and appetizing. Those shrimps look fabulous Kevin!
Oh, and I tagged you for a photo meme; please check it out here…
Looks amazing! I was actually planning on making coconut shrimp today. Hope mine look as good!
Lori Lynn says
Yum. I like that easy chili sauce too.
White On Rice Couple says
Wow, this looks awesome Kevin! You’re Asian inspired dishes rock!
You can cook in my kitchen whenever you want … you rock!!
Oh my! That looks so good! Beautiful picture.
As Chuck said you are a blogging machine. I cant believe how many things are on your site. There is certainly never a dull food moment at your place! Wow. As usual great job!
Kevin, look wonderful!! and I love shrimp!!! I want shrimp ya !! snif!!! xGloria
My Sweet & Saucy says
I LOVE coconut shrimp! Those look too good to be true!
I never made it but now will. This looks really good.
It took me a long time to get comfortable with a deep fryer as well. My problem was not getting the oil hot enough before frying. Glad to say I’m over it now 🙂 Now, my mandolin is another story. Since this happened, I’ve been afraid to touch it.
I adore coconut shrimp – I just hate the deep frying and the lingering smell in the house.
this looks delicious!
ohhhhhh Coconut Shrimp yum! That looks so fancy and wonderful!
Oh my gosh, those look so good. Much better than the frozen premade ones I have in the freezer 🙁
I know this one tastes divine.We had it in Outback restaurants.I made it ones and it was great with our friends.Thanks for reminding me to do it again.
I could eat this for breakfast. I don’t care it is only 5:20 AM!
This looks so good. I have always wanted to try coconut shrimp. That dipping sauce sounds amazing as well!
Oooo, I love coconut shrimp, and pairing it with an apricot sauce sounds delish! You always make such amazing food, I love it!
Coconut shrimp was invented to make people party.
I love coconut shrimp! This is giving me a major craving!
I love shrimps! I love mangoes! You have to stop torturing me with all these wonderful piccies of my fave foods which I can only see but not eat, haha :D~~
Proud Italian Cook says
My Hubby loves this, and I never made it for him, I have to give this a try, Thanks Kevin!
if anyoen wants to make this as a main course – it was good this grilled pineapple slices with drizzled honey, and i made steamed rice with coconut milk, toasted almond slices and dried cranberries.
I tried this and it came out so good! I always order this dish if it’s an appetizer on a menu at restaurants. Thanks so much for posting this.
i tried to cook this and it was really really good. thanks to you for the recipe!! 🙂
I must say your website is VERY impressive. I googled caramel sauce and your site came up. I am from Mpls MN and have a lot of Foodie friends that I forwarded it to. Thanks, I look forward to trying some recipes! Way to go!
This absolutely looks better than what you see in most restaurants
Nassi M. says
After looking around your blog I wanted to try a lot of recipes but seeing I dont have too much moule in my wallet I decided to try the coconut shrimp w the sauce following your recipe and it tastes great! I must say while frying the shrimp i feel so anxious to taste it. I never followed a recipe before. It kind of confuses me but this easy and yummy! 🙂
I got this recipe at a Safeway and I made if for my family. Everyone loved it! and I have made it many times since. There was two differences in the recipe: the recipe called for curry added to the panko breadcrumbs and coconut, and the sauce included 2 Tbls of honey. Wonderful recipe!
Eric McGehearty says
I will be making coconut shrimp tonight as a main dish probably with salad. Any suggestions on a side dish?
Andrea Steinlechner says
Thank you for sharing a nice and easy and healthy recipe.
Tried and aproved 😉
I have to admit I have never deep dried before. How hot do you get the oil?
Anonymous: Heat the oil t 350F.
Nancy Long says
we love coconut shrimp, but I have never tried them at home – my kitchen is not really conducive to deep-frying. I have come across a recipe for baked coconut shrimp and will try that; but will def be using your sauce. love your recipes and the time you put into it. I’ve been cooking for over 55 years and always get rave reviews for my food, but find I just can’t do it as much as I used to.