Coconut shrimp might sound difficult, but it’s actually quite simple to make. It’s great as an appetizer or party food, but it works well as a dinner idea too.
Disclosure: This post is brought to you on behalf of OXO and NFI Shrimp Council.
My husband and I have a serious addiction to coconut shrimp. If we are eating shrimp out in a restaurant, chances are, we’ll pick the coconut shrimp. But, strangely enough, I had never made coconut shrimp at home. And it’s even more strange when you consider that coconut shrimp is fairly simple to prepare and only takes a handful of ingredients.
Well, when I was invited to participate in the #ShrimpShowdown, sponsored by OXO and NFI Shrimp Council, I didn’t have to think twice about what I would make. The Eastern Seafood Company sent me some beautiful wild-caught, extra-large shrimp that I were just begging to be coconut shrimp.
OXO sent me some tools too — a few of their best products to help me in the creation of my recipe. I was sent their Shrimp Cleaner, 3 Piece Bowl and Colander Set, the 12″ Tongs with Silicone Heads, Flexible Kitchen & Herb Snips, Wooden Lemon Reamer, and Silicone Steamer. You have a chance to win ALL of these tools, plus a $100 Visa Gift Card (from the NFI Shrimp Council) by entering the giveaway at the end of this post.
Now, let’s get started! The first step is defrosting your shrimp. I did this in the OXO 3 Piece Bowl and Colander Set by running the shrimp under cold water. The bowl is also helpful in holding the shrimp after or before de-veining them, particularly if you want to prep them in advance because it comes with a lid. To be honest, I didn’t really feel like I needed another bowl, but now that I have this one, I’ve already used it several times.
For de-veining the shrimp, you are going to love OXO Shrimp Cleaner. It was a HUGE time saver. Until it was sent to me, I didn’t now that such a tool even existed, but now that I have it, I’ve not only used it for the coconut shrimp, but also in my Shrimp and Asapargus Stir Fry.
It makes peeling and de-veining shrimp so easy…you won’t want to go back to de-veining shrimp without it.
After peeling and de-veining the shrimp, you’ll be ready coat them. First, the shrimp is dipped in beaten egg. Then, it goes for a dip in coconut flour, and then back into the egg just before it’s final coating that consists of a mixture of both coconut and panko bread crumbs.
After coating, you’ll fry the shrimp in hot oil, turning them over as necessary so both sides cook evenly. I used the OXO 12″ Tongs with Silicone Heads to turn them and remove from the oil — they are heat resistant up to 600 degrees F, so not only could they handle the heat, but the silicone make them nice and gentle on the shrimp.
Oh, and guess who’s in love with these tongs? David! That man has SO many grilling tools (you know, the kinds specifically built for grilling) and he’s been snagging to use these outside for our grilled meals. I refuse to let him keep them outside with the others though.
See how easy these are? Fry them all up and you’ll have a delicious shrimp dish that’s great for everything from appetizers to dinner. I created a Orange-Habanero Sauce, which gave these a bit of a kick when dipping, but you can use anything you like for dipping…or go dip-free, if you prefer.
- 1 pound extra-large shrimp (about 15, peeled and de-veined)
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup coconut flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
- Vegetable oil
- Place eggs in a shallow bowl and beat. In another shallow bowl, place coconut flour, salt and pepper together; mix to combine. Place coconut flakes and breadcrumbs in a 3rd shallow bowl and mix to combine.
- While holding one shrimp by the tail, dust shrimp with coconut flour, and then coat with egg mixture, allowing excess egg to fall off. Finally, coat with the panko/coconut mixture, pressing gently to adhere mixture to shrimp. Place on a plate and repeat with remaining shrimp.
- Heat 1" of oil over medium high heat until it reaches 350 degrees F. Add a few shrimp to the hot oil and cook for about 2 minutes or so, turning them over halfway through to fry each side. Remove from hot oil when when golden brown and place shrimp on a paper towel lined plate. Continue frying remaining shrimp until all are cooked.
- Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.
Here’s two dip recipes that would be great with your coconut shrimp:
Want even more great shrimp recipes? Check out the food blogs below to get more great ideas on how you can cook with shrimp at home:
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Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos by Bonbon Break
Lemon & Herb Shrimp Skewers by Cherished Bliss
General Tso’s Sweet Chili Shrimp by by Chocolate Moosey
Fennel-Orange Pickled Shrimp by Coconut and Lime
Shrimp with Egg Yolk Sauce by Cookistry
Shrimp Roll with Lemon Basil Aioli by Created by Diane
Shrimp in Green Sauce over Zucchini “Noodles” by Everyday Maven
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Shrimp Tacos with Chipotle Cream by Garnish with Lemon
Chilled Shrimp w/ Romesco Sauce by by girlichef
Shrimp Etouffee by Growing up Gabel
Warm Barley Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette by Healthy Delicious
Coconut Shrimp by Home Cooking Memories
Stir-Fry Shrimp with Thai Roasted Chili Paste by Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Zesty Sriracha Shrimp and Quinoa by Julie’s Eats and Treats
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Spicy Shrimp Boil by Lemons for Lulu
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Shrimp and Veggie Pesto Pasta by Peas and Crayons
Zesty Mango Chili Shrimp and Rice by Sarah’s Cucina Bella
Cajun Shrimp & Grits by So How’s It Taste?
Shrimp with Pancetta and Peas Over Soft Polenta by Taste Love and Nourish
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