Fried Coconut Shrimp is a sweet n’ salty, crispy are a classic for a reason. This easy to make recipe makes a great appetizer or main dish.
Way back when, I was a server at a seafood restaurant. It’s a job I actually still look back fondly on. But I’m not gonna lie, when I first spotted fried coconut shrimp on the menu, I was not intrigued. I simply did not like coconut. That however did not stop me from using them in my spiel whenever I visited a table. They were hot sellers. People liked them. People really liked them. People liked them so much that I eventually caved and ordered some on my break.
I took my first bite hesitantly as I was fully expecting my mouth to taste like I squirted some Hawaiian Tropic Suntan lotion on my tongue. But alas, that was not the case. They were good. They were crunchy. They were salty. They were sweet. They were everything I was expecting them not to be… including quite addicting.
The seafood restaurant I worked at as long since closed but thats OK because I can make these Fried Coconut Shrimp at home now and with this recipe so can you! And guess what: they are super easy!
If you’ve ever done any frying, this coconut fried shrimp follows the same basic “assembly line” preparation.
STEP #1: You’ll want to set up an assembly line with 3 different dishes. Combine the flour, garlic powder and kosher salt together in one bowl. In another whisk together the egg whites with 1 tablespoon water. In another bowl combine panko and flaked coconut.
STEP #2: Press the shrimp into the seasoned flour mixture to coat. Next dip the shrimp into the egg white mixture. Finally, dredge the shrimp into the panko/coconut mixture. Repeat until all shrimp is coated.
STEP #3: Heat 1/4 – 1/2 inch oil in a dutch oven or other heavy bottomed pan to 350 degrees. Fry the shrimp, in batches if necessary, until golden brown and cooked through, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate, sprinkle with salt and allow to coo slightly before serving.
For the ultimate sweet n’ salty, slightly spicy, bite dip these Fried Coconut Shrimp in sweet chili sauce.
Note: This post was originally posted in 2010. It was updated in 2021 with new photos and nutrition information.
Looking for more Shrimp Recipes? Try these:
Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Sour Cream
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ValerieJuly 25, 2022 at 3:16 am
This recipe sounds delicious, I can’t wait to try it 😋😋
sara dcSeptember 30, 2021 at 5:11 pm
Amanda AzevedoDecember 16, 2019 at 6:15 am
I was wondering if anybody has tried freezing these before or after frying them and if they would fry or bake up well after freezing?
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MarionMay 27, 2010 at 11:13 am
I love coconut and I jusr know this recipe is going to be a big winner with all my boys – both big and small. While my hubby won’t touch sea food in any shape or form, I have a son, a SIL and 7 grandsons that go absolutely ape over it. The sweetness of that coconut guarantees it.
Jenn's Food JourneyMay 27, 2010 at 5:29 am
These looks perfect… just like in the restaurants! I’m not a huge fan of coconut, but fry it.. and I’m all for it!!
Jane KoMay 26, 2010 at 11:51 pm
I love fried shrimp, with coconut added, it’s even better!
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