After rounding up my tastiest shrimp recipes I realized that I had not shared one of my favourites, coconut shrimp! Coconut shrimp are large shrimp served coated in a crispy golden brown panko breadcrumb and coconut mixture that are just asking to be dipped into some sweet chili sauce or better yet pineapple sweet chili sauce! I sometimes like to add a touch of lime zest to the breadcrumb mixture for a hint of citrus and you can always kick up the sweet chili sauce with something like apricot preserves if the pineapple sweet chili sauce does not float your boat. (I think the coconut and pineapple flavour combo is just fabulous!) This coconut lime shrimp is the perfect finger food for your next dinner party, it’s also great on game night and to be completely honest, I like to make a large batch and just eat it as a meal!
Finger licking good!
Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce
Quick and easy shrimp coated in a crispy golden brown coconut, served with sweet chili sauce for dipping.
- 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
- salt and pepper
- 1/3 cup flour (gluten-free for gluten-free)
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (gluten-free for gluten-free)
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- oil for frying
- Season the shrimp with salt and pepper, dredge them in flour, dip them in egg and coat them with a mixture of the breadcrumbs and shredded coconut.
- Heat the oil in a large pan over medium-high heat and cook the shrimp until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes, before setting aside on paper towels to drain.
Option: Serve with sweet chili sauce (optionally with apricot preserves mixed in) or pineapple sweet chili sauce.
We Are Not Martha says
Why am I not eating this for lunch right now??? It looks perfect!
Josh would love this for dinner!
Gaby Dalkin says
the lime addition to the breadcrumbs is awesome! and I'm all over the pineapple sweet chili sauce!
Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says
Delicious finger food!
Best Food Processor Guide says
So yummy! I made it tonight for a quick supper for my family of 5 and they all loved it.
Everything you make looks so yummy and I've made lots of your recipes. Have you thought of photographing the process of making a recipe like Ree Drummond does? Watching the process makes her recipes seem so accesable. You have five beautiful shots of the finished product but this coconut shrimp could have five good shots on the process. I have all of your cookbooks and your recipes come to me every day so I am a devoted fan. Let me know what you think.
Joshua Hampton says
I love coconut shrimp, and I totally agree that coconut and pineapple is a combo made in heaven.
I love coconut and pineapple as well. Thank you.
Barbara Meuleman says
I love your site and your recipes. You are awesome. I have followed you for a long time and it is fun watching you grow and experiment. Good job, always.
Wow, It looks soooo delicious. I can't wait to taste one. Thank you for your recipe.
I never had shrimps with coconut, but they look good.
Bella B says
Looks so yummy! Shrimp is so yummy and this is a fun way to change it up! Can't wait to try!
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Randi S. says
Looks great and I can't wait to try. This is the first time for one of your recipes…
Andrew Hopkin says
this recipe is very good when i go home i make this for my family thanks a lot.
Thanks for share
Jessica Eats says
Coconut is delicious. Shrimp is also delicious. Together they must make fireworks in your mouth! Will be trying this on friday night for sure, thank you Kevin.
Awesome, the sauce looks so delicious. You make me can't wait to try this recipe.
Take Food Processor says
This is really a delirious recipe. thanks for this…
Ashley Corrion says
Is the coconut sweetened or unsweetened?
Ashley Corrion: I usually use unsweetened but sweetened also works. Enjoy!
Justine Small says
Great work Kevin. I'm breaking the Shrimps out for Xmas this year and definitely going to experiment now with the coconut
Have made these a few times now. So, so good. My 5 year old Grandson loves them. He says, “I like these Grandma, will you make them again” 🙂 Have made many splendid meals from closet cooking. All incredibly superb. Popular here too, I receive: ‘you can make that again’ Wonderful creations, Kevin. It is a pleasure to visit your website, and choose another meal for everyone to enjoy. The Photography is quite fantastic too.
Norma McCombs says
Can these be baked and/or use an air fryer? Love the taste of coconut shrimp.
Yes they can!
Abby Levine says
for the coconut shrimp… do you use plain or seasoned Panko? thank you, love your recipes
Gutscheine Mode says
I tried do the same. Yours looks much better than my. But really tasty.
catherine depledge says
Can I use toasted coconut for more flavor?
Yes you can!
Oh!!! These are restaurant quality. Made them as an early Valentines for my hubby while we watch the Super Bowl… alone…during Covid. It would have been a bummer… but for your amazing recipe!!!! It made out day! U rock!!!
P.S. I’m a huge fan of your site. Everything I’ve made following your directions is stellar. Thanks for doing what you do!