Crispy fried shrimp coated in sweetened shredded coconut flakes!
A lot of my viewers, like myself, are seafood lovers. Other than Salmon, I’ve ben getting a ton of request for shrimp recipes.
I decided to share a really easy fried shrimp recipe that I know a lot of people would enjoy, Fried Coconut Shrimp. Even some of the most picky eaters love this dish, so let’s jump right into it.
For this recipe please make sure you have SWEETENED coconut shrimp. I tried regular coconut flakes before , and in my opinion, it just could not compete with sweetened coconut.
Make sure your butterfly your shrimp so that it keeps it shape while it fries. Also I suggest keep the tails of the shrimp on as well. The tails work as great little ” handles” while eating, and this in convenient for whomever you are serving it too.You can use smaller shrimp if you’d like, my preference is jumbo shrimp. Make sure you peel and devein the shrimp, before cooking. If you are unsure on how to do this, keep in mind that you can buy your shrimp peeled and deveined. I actually prefer buying my shrimp already prepped because it saves a lot of time. However, prepped shrimp usually cost more, so be prepared to spend a little extra if you opt out of prepping the shrimp yourself.
This fried coconut shrimp works as a great appetizer, as well as a main dish. I suggest you serve it with a variety of dipping sauces such as tartar sauce, cocktail sauce and etc.
Let’s get to cooking, and be sure to watch my video tutorial below.
Fried Coconut Shrimp
- 1 lb shrimp 14-16 count
- 2 eggs
- ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup water
- 1 tsp cajun seasoning
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- ⅔ cup sweetened shredded coconut flakes
- Canola oil to fry with
- Start by peeling and deveining the shrimp. If you want to skip this step, you can buy the shrimp already peeled and deveined. I also butterflied my shrimp.
- In a bowl, add 2 eggs and lightly beat until smooth.
- Add flour, water, and cajun seasoning to eggs and mix until combined.
- In a separate bowl, add breadcrumbs and coconut flakes, mix until combined.
- Next, coat shrimp in egg batter. Shake off any excess batter, then coat shrimp in the coconut breadcrumb mixture until fully coated.
- Heat the canola oil to between 320 and 340 degrees.
- Fry the shrimp for 1-2 minutes until golden brown.
- Remove shrimp from oil and remove excess oil with a paper towel.
- Serve and enjoy!