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An oval platter with coconut shrimps with a small bowl of sauce on the side.
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Coconut Shrimp

Crispy, light, and crunchy, these juicy Coconut Shrimp are irresistible! Made with only a few ingredients, you'll have a platter of these shrimp in no time.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Asian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 431kcal

Equipment

  • Cast iron skillet

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (120g)
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 large eggs beaten
  • cups panko breadcrumbs (70g)
  • cups shredded sweetened coconut (125g)
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 pounds large fresh shrimp peeled and deveined, with tails left on (900g)
  • sweet chili sauce for dipping

Instructions

  • In a shallow dish, whisk together the flour, salt, and pepper. In a separate shallow dish, place beaten eggs. In another shallow dish, stir together breadcrumbs and coconut.
  • Line a plate with paper towels.
  • While holding by the tail, dredge each shrimp in the flour mixture and shake to remove any excess. Dip in eggs, then coat in coconut mixture, and place on a wire rack.
  • In a large cast-iron skillet, pour oil to a depth of 1-inch. Heat over medium-high until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350F.
  • Working in batches, add shrimp to the oil. Fry, turning as needed, until golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes. Let drain on a paper towel-lined plate, continue frying with the remaining shrimp. Serve with sweet chili sauce.

Notes

  • Handle coated raw shrimp by the tails to avoid messing up and potentially removing the coating of the shrimp.
  • A thermometer is a great tool to help get the temperature of the oil right. If the oil is too hot, the coating on the shrimp will burn before the interior cooks.
  • Avoid adding too many shrimps into the oil at once, as it will cause the temperature of the oil to drop.
  • I highly recommend you use a cast iron pot or skillet to fry the coconut shrimp in. The cast iron will help the oil temperature from fluctuating too much and help keep the cooking even. Use an oven mitt as the handle of the cast iron will be hot.
  • You can reuse the frying oil at least one to two more times by allowing it to cool and straining it through a fine mesh sieve.
  • If working with thawed frozen shrimp, pat the shrimp dry before coating it in the flour mixture. If the shrimp is damp, the coating won’t stick well.
  • Avoid using oil with a low-smoke point as the oil will burn and leave the shrimps with an unpleasant taste.

Nutrition

Calories: 431kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 284mg | Sodium: 1451mg | Potassium: 359mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 408IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 3mg