Coconut Shrimp Recipe
What is Coconut Shrimp?
Coconut shrimp is a refreshing and delicious way to enjoy shrimp during the summer months, or really any time of the year. Coconut and shrimp are the primary ingredients of this dish. Coconut shrimp can be more popularly fried, or some chefs choose to saute it.
The origin of coconut shrimp is not entirely definite, but the recipe can be traced back to the South Pacific. Tropical locations have shrimp as a common protein in their diets. While coconut is very popular and a staple in Asian cuisine. Therefore the combination of coconut with shrimp most likely originated in Southeast Asia.
If you happen to be a shrimp fan but have never tried coconut shrimp, you’re missing out. Imagine golden, flakey coconut encrusted onto sweet shrimp. It is a heaven-sent dish, to say the least. If you’re asking yourself, “What are the best restaurants that serve coconut shrimp near me?”
Look no further; you can enjoy the dish at Stiltsville Fish Bar in South Florida. The Miami Beach restaurant offers a variety of delicious and fresh seafood. Maybe after trying it out for yourself, you will want to take to your very own kitchen and experiment with some of the delicious fried coconut shrimp recipes we will share with you today.
How to Make Fried Coconut Shrimp
If you’re wondering how to make fried coconut shrimp, it is not as difficult as you may think. Our recipe keeps the coconut crisp and the shrimp juicy without the take-out favorite’s unfavorable greasy texture. There is a quick three-step process to follow while trying our best fried coconut shrimp recipes.
An overview of the three-step process is that you will first dip your shrimp into flour. Then you are going to have an egg mixture and dip the shrimp into the egg mixture. Finally, take that same shrimp and heavily dunk it into a mixture of coconut and panko flakes. The result: delicious, golden coconut shrimp.
The egg sticks to the flour coat, and the coconut panko mixture adheres to the egg. We recommend using more coconut to panko for a sweeter and more tropical result.
Why is Panko Better than Traditional Breadcrumbs?
We recommend panko over traditional breadcrumbs because panko stays crispy longer than traditional breadcrumbs. It does not absorb as much grease or liquid during the frying process. Panko is a crustless bread crushed into flakey bits. It stays crispy longer because of its airy texture.
What to Serve with Coconut Shrimp
What to serve with coconut shrimp can vary. You can serve our delicious fried coconut shrimp recipes with a variety of complimentary sauces. It depends on what kind of flavors you prefer. Pretty much any sweet n’ spicy sauce is an excellent pairing. We recommend a spicy orange sauce made by mixing marmalade and sweet Thai chili sauce.
If you are curious, you should be able to find a sweet Thai chili sauce in the international section of your grocery store. For a sweeter route with controlled spiciness, you can opt for some peach preserves, lime juice and add red pepper flakes at your preference.
Coconut shrimp can be a much-easier-to-master-than-it-looks dinner option or an impressive finger food to entertain guests. The dish can be served with or atop a salad, veggies, rice, or whatever suits your tastebuds.
How to Make Fried Coconut Shrimp
Easy, fast, and delicious.
- ⅓ cup of all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper
- ½ teaspoon of sea salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup of coconut flakes
- ¾ cup of panko breadcrumbs
- Coconut oil
- 1 pound of shrimp with tails, peeled and deveined
- Gather 3 medium-sized bowls. In the first bowl, you will want to mix the flour, pepper, and salt. In the second bowl, crack the eggs and whisk them together until beaten.
If you do not have a whisk on hand, a fork will do. In your third bowl, combine the panko breadcrumbs and shredded coconut flakes.
- Rinse the shrimp in cool water and pat dry with paper towels. First, you will dip each shrimp into the flour bowl, then the egg, and finish the dipping process by dunking the shrimp into the coconut mixture bowl. You will want to make sure the shrimp is fully coated with the coconut and panko mixture for the most flakey results.
You may have to pat the coconut mixture gently into the shrimp to make sure it fully adheres. Place the coated shrimp onto a separate plate while you dip the remaining shrimp into the three mixtures.
- Heat a large skillet on the stovetop to medium heat. Cover the bottom of the pan with coconut oil. You will want to fry the shrimp in small batches and avoid overcrowding your pan.
Place the shrimp about one apart from each other. Cook each side for about 2-3 minutes. Once the shrimp is done cooking, place them onto a platter lined with a paper towel to absorb excess grease.
- Serve with one of the dipping sauce recipes of your choice below, sprinkle the shrimp with cilantro, and enjoy! You can save your leftovers in the fridge for up to three days.
What to Serve with Coconut Shrimp: Dipping Sauce Recipes
Thai Orange Dipping Sauce
- 1 ½ cups of Orange Marmalade
- ¾ cup of Thai sweet chili sauce
- Mix the orange marmalade with the Thai sweet chili sauce and refrigerate.
This recipe yields 2 cups of tangy Thai orange dipping sauce. You can always make more or less sauce. The rule of thumb to know is that you will want to use double the amount of orange marmalade for one part of Thai sweet chili sauce.
Peachy Sweet n’ Spicy Dipping Sauce
- ½ cup of peach preserves
- ½ teaspoon of grated lime zest
- 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
- ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes*
*Depending on your desired spiciness, you can add more or less red pepper flakes.
- Mix the ingredients in a bowl and add red pepper flakes as you wish.
Stiltsville Fish Bar
Stiltsville Fish Bar in South Florida serves delicious crispy kataifi-wrapped royal red shrimp with toasted coconut and hints of key lime flavors. What better way to enjoy fresh, delicious shrimp than in the heart of the Sunset Harbour Neighborhood. The restaurant’s atmosphere is relaxed and casual, making it the perfect spot for any occasion.
Do you want to try out quality coconut shrimp? Call us today and book a spot with us at Stiltsville Fish Bar! If you’re planning on trying out our coconut shrimp recipe, we want to hear from you. Please leave a comment and let us know how the recipe worked for you.