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Easy and Crispy Coconut Shrimp Recipe

Discover how to make the best crispy Coconut Shrimp with this easy recipe. Perfectly golden and irresistibly crunchy, these shrimp are ideal for any occasion!

April 21, 2024
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 10 mins
Total 25 mins



  1. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Set up three bowls for a breading station: one with flour, one with beaten eggs, and one with a mix of panko breadcrumbs and shredded coconut.
  2. Dip each shrimp first in the flour, shaking off excess, then in the beaten eggs, and finally coat thoroughly with the panko-coconut mixture. Press gently to make sure the coating sticks well.
  3. Heat the oil in a deep fryer or a large pan to 350 °F (175 °C). Fry the shrimp in batches, without crowding the pan, until golden brown and crispy, about 2-3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the shrimp and drain on paper towels.
  4. Serve the crispy coconut shrimp hot with lime wedges and sweet chili sauce for dipping.
  5. Enjoy the burst of flavors with each bite!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Coconut Shrimp
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15 g19.2%
Protein 20 g40%
Sodium 500 mg21.7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Use large shrimp for this recipe as they are easier to handle and coat with the breading, and they offer a good balance of breading to shrimp in each bite. For more, check out our ‘How To Peel & Devein Shrimp?’ article.
  • Dry before dipping. Pat the shrimp dry before starting the breading process to ensure the flour and subsequent layers adhere well.
  • For extra crunch, you can double dip the shrimp in egg and breadcrumb mixture. Dip once in egg and breadcrumbs, then dip again in egg and a second layer of breadcrumbs and coconut.
  • Keep the oil consistently heated at 350°F to avoid soggy or overly greasy shrimp. Use a thermometer to monitor the temperature.
  • Drain excess oil. After frying, place the shrimp on a wire rack over a sheet pan or paper towels to drain any excess oil, keeping them crispy.
  • Serve immediately after cooking to maintain the best texture. Lime wedges add a fresh zest that complements the sweetness of the coconut, and sweet chili sauce provides a tangy contrast.
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Experience the tropical taste of crispy coconut shrimp, a perfect blend of sweetness and crunch that will transport your taste buds to a sunny beach paradise. Ideal as an appetizer or a main dish, this recipe is simple enough for a weeknight yet impressive enough for entertaining guests. Follow these easy steps to create delicious coconut shrimp that are golden on the outside and succulently tender on the inside.

Origins of The Coconut Shrimp

Coconut shrimp is a delightful appetizer that has garnered popularity worldwide, though it is often associated with both Caribbean and Asian cuisines where coconut is a staple ingredient. This fusion creates a perfect blend of tropical flavor with the crunchiness of fried shrimp, making it a favorite among those who enjoy seafood dishes. The origin of coconut shrimp is somewhat diffuse, with variations found in many coastal regions that utilize coconut as a local ingredient, but it is most commonly celebrated in tropical paradises where coconut trees are abundant.

There are several ways to prepare this dish, which include baking and frying. Baked coconut shrimp is a healthier alternative to the traditional fried coconut shrimp, offering a lighter meal option without sacrificing the crispy texture that makes the dish so beloved. Baking reduces the overall calorie content, making it a preferable choice for health-conscious diners. On the other hand, fried coconut shrimp is irresistible for its deep golden crust and indulgent flavor, often served as a crowd-pleasing appetizer in restaurants and gatherings.

No matter how it's cooked, easy coconut shrimp can be enhanced with various coconut shrimp dipping sauces. Popular choices include sweet chili sauce, which adds a spicy kick, or a milder, sweet-and-sour apricot sauce that complements the coconut's sweetness. Creating the perfect coconut shrimp dish at home is simple, requiring only basic ingredients and a few steps, making it an accessible recipe for cooks of all levels to add a tropical flair to their meal repertoire. Whether you opt for the lighter baked version or the indulgent fried method, coconut shrimp is a versatile dish that can be tailored to suit any palate.

What Kind of Shrimp is Best?

When making dishes like coconut shrimp, the type of shrimp you choose can significantly impact the final result in terms of flavor, texture, and overall enjoyment. Here’s a guide to selecting the best kind of shrimp for your cooking needs:

1. Size

Large or Jumbo Shrimp: These are ideal for recipes like coconut shrimp because their larger size makes them easier to handle and bread. They also provide a satisfying, meaty bite that holds up well against the coating and frying process. Look for shrimp labeled as “large,” which typically means there are about 31-40 or fewer shrimp per pound, or “jumbo,” which generally means 21-25 shrimp per pound.

2. Freshness

Fresh Shrimp: If available, fresh shrimp is always a great choice because it offers the best flavor and texture. Fresh shrimp should smell like saltwater or the sea; any ammonia-like or overly fishy smell is a sign of spoilage.

Frozen Shrimp: Most shrimp available in supermarkets are frozen soon after being caught to preserve their freshness. Quality frozen shrimp can be an excellent choice and is often more convenient. When buying frozen, look for shrimp that are individually quick frozen (IQF) with no signs of ice crystals or frost, which can indicate they have been stored for too long or thawed and refrozen.

3. Shell On or Off

Shell-on Shrimp: Buying shrimp with the shells on can offer better flavor and juiciness as the shells help to protect the delicate meat during cooking. For coconut shrimp, you’ll need to peel and devein them, but leaving the tail on can make them easier to handle while eating.

Peeled and Deveined Shrimp: For convenience, you may choose shrimp that are already peeled and deveined. This saves preparation time, especially if you're making a large batch.

4. Wild-Caught vs. Farm-Raised

Wild-Caught Shrimp: These are often praised for their superior flavor and texture. They are typically caught from their natural environments, such as oceans and rivers.

Farm-Raised Shrimp: These shrimp are raised in controlled environments and are more readily available and affordable. When buying farm-raised, look for those certified by environmental standards, such as the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), to ensure they are sustainably farmed.

5. Sustainability

Eco-Friendly Options: Consider the environmental impact of the shrimp you buy. Look for certifications like Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for wild-caught shrimp or ASC for farm-raised, which indicate sustainable practices.

Choosing the right type of shrimp can elevate your dish from good to great. Whether you opt for the large, flavorful wild-caught shrimp or the more accessible farm-raised variety, ensure they are fresh or properly frozen to enjoy the best taste and texture in your coconut shrimp recipe.

What To Serve with Coconut Shrimp?

Coconut shrimp is a delicious dish that pairs well with a variety of sides and sauces to enhance its tropical flavors.

Here are our delicious recipes that you can serve with Coconut Shrimp:

How To Store Coconut Shrimp?

Storage and Reheating

When it comes to storing and reheating coconut shrimp, proper handling is key to maintaining the best quality, taste, and texture. Here’s how to effectively store and reheat your coconut shrimp:


Refrigeration: Store leftover coconut shrimp in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will last for up to 3 days. Make sure the shrimp cool to room temperature before placing them in the container to prevent moisture buildup that could make the breading soggy.

Freezing: For longer storage, coconut shrimp can be frozen. Lay the shrimp out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and place them in the freezer for about an hour or until they are firm. Once hardened, transfer the shrimp to a freezer-safe bag or container. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. Label the bag with the date so you can keep track of how long they've been stored.


To ensure that reheated coconut shrimp are as close as possible to their original crispiness and flavor, follow these methods:

Oven Reheating:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
  • Place the shrimp on a baking sheet in a single layer. If they were frozen, there's no need to thaw them.
  • Heat the shrimp for 10-15 minutes if refrigerated, or 15-20 minutes if frozen, or until they are heated through and crispy.
  • Optionally, you can broil them for the last 2-3 minutes to add extra crispness.

Air Fryer Reheating:

  • Preheat the air fryer to 350 °F (175 °C).
  • Spread the shrimp in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Do not thaw if they are frozen.
  • Cook for about 8-10 minutes if refrigerated, or 10-12 minutes if frozen, shaking the basket halfway through cooking.

Microwave Reheating:

  • While not recommended for the best texture, if time is of the essence, you can use a microwave. Place the shrimp on a microwave-safe plate lined with a paper towel.
  • Heat on high for 1-2 minutes just until warmed through. Note that this method might not retain the crispiness of the breading.

Tips for Best Results:

  • Avoid Overcrowding: When reheating, make sure the shrimp are in a single layer with some space between them, whether in the oven or air fryer. This ensures they heat evenly and the breading doesn't become soggy.
  • Crisping Up: If the shrimp aren't as crispy as you'd like after reheating, a few minutes under the broiler or a quick air fry can help restore their crunch.

By following these storage and reheating instructions, you can enjoy your coconut shrimp almost as much as when they were freshly made, preserving their delightful texture and tropical flavor.

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