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Coconut Shrimp Recipe: Easy and Delicious Cooking Guide

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Scrumptious homemade Coconut Shrimp

If you’re looking for a delicious seafood treat, coconut shrimp is a must-try! With its crispy, golden exterior and juicy, flavorful shrimp inside, it’s sure to be a hit. This recipe uses simple ingredients like flour, eggs, Panko breadcrumbs, and unsweetened coconut flakes to create a perfect blend of crunch and sweetness.

Coconut shrimp can be prepared in various ways: frying, air frying, or baking. It’s incredibly easy to make and only takes about 20 minutes. Serve it with a sweet and tangy dipping sauce for a delightful appetizer or snack that you and your guests will love.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

Shrimp:

  • 2 pounds of large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Substitute: Any size shrimp, just adjust cooking time.

Flour:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Substitute: Whole-wheat flour or cornstarch

Eggs:

  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • Substitute: Buttermilk or a flaxseed-water mixture for a vegan option

Coconut Flakes:

  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • Substitute: Panko breadcrumbs mixed with a bit of sweetened coconut

Seasonings:

  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • Substitute: Your favorite seasoned salt

Milk:

  • ½ cup milk (optional)
  • Substitute: Almond milk, coconut milk, or any milk alternative

Cooking Spray/Vegetable Oil:

  • For air frying or baking: Spray the shrimp with cooking spray
  • For frying: Vegetable oil, about 1 inch deep in the skillet
  • Substitute: Any neutral oil like canola or avocado oil

Garlic Powder:

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Substitute: Fresh minced garlic or onion powder

Coconut Flour:

  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • Substitute: Almond flour or regular flour

Make sure to have all your ingredients ready before starting the cooking process! Adjust ingredients based on what you have at home for a personalized touch.

Instructions


  1. Prep the Shrimp: Peel and devein the shrimp. Cut a shallow slit along the back to remove the vein. Rinse and pat them dry with a paper towel. Refrigerate until ready to use.



  2. Set Up Breading Station: Arrange three bowls. Place flour in the first bowl. Whisk together the eggs and milk in the second bowl. Mix panko breadcrumbs and shredded coconut in the third bowl.


  3. Bread the Shrimp:

    • Step 1: Coat each shrimp with the flour, shaking off any excess.
    • Step 2: Dip the shrimp into the egg mixture, ensuring it’s well-coated.
    • Step 3: Press the shrimp into the coconut mixture until fully covered.

  4. Heat the Oil: In a large skillet or pan, heat about 1/2 inch of oil over medium-high heat until hot.



  5. Cook the Shrimp: Fry the shrimp in batches, for about 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove and place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.



  6. Serve: Enjoy your crispy coconut shrimp with your favorite dipping sauce.


Tips, Tricks & Storing

Tips

1. Use Fresh Shrimp: Fresh shrimp tastes better, but if you use frozen, thaw them completely and pat them dry.

2. Double Dip for Extra Crunch: Coat the shrimp in flour, then egg, and finally the panko-coconut mix for a crispier bite.

3. Keep Oil Temperature Steady: Fry shrimp in small batches to avoid dropping the oil temperature.

Tricks

1. Egg Mixture Consistency: For a smoother coating, mix eggs with a bit of milk or water.

2. Spice it Up: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the panko mix for a spicy kick.

3. Even Cooking: Lay shrimp flat in a single layer when baking or air frying to ensure even cooking.

Storing

1. Refrigerating Leftovers: Place leftover shrimp in an airtight container. They will last up to 3 days in the fridge.

2. Freezing: Arrange shrimp on a baking sheet in a single layer and freeze. Once solid, transfer to a zip-top bag. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months.

3. Reheating: For best results, reheat in an oven or air fryer to maintain crispiness. Avoid microwaving as it can make the shrimp soggy.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Coconut shrimp is a versatile dish that you can easily customize. Here are some fun variations you might enjoy trying.

Spicy Coconut Shrimp: Add a touch of cayenne pepper or chili flakes to the flour mixture. This adds a spicy kick to your shrimp.

Herb-Crusted Coconut Shrimp: Mix dried herbs like thyme, oregano, or rosemary into the coconut and bread crumb mixture. This adds a unique flavor to the crispy coating.

Air-Fryer Method: Instead of deep frying, arrange the shrimp in a single layer in an air fryer basket. Spray them with cooking spray and cook for 6-8 minutes, or until golden brown.

Baked Coconut Shrimp: Preheat your oven to 475°F. Place the shrimp on an oiled baking sheet and bake for 7-8 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve with a sweet chili dipping sauce for a tangy and spicy complement.
  • Pair with a mango salsa for a fresh, fruity twist.
  • Enjoy over a bed of rice or quinoa for a complete meal.
  • Add a side of steamed veggies like broccoli or snap peas for a healthier option.

Try these ideas to make your coconut shrimp dish even more delightful!

Benjamin Happy Muncher

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