Coconut Shrimp

Coconut Shrimp is an irresistible, mouthwatering piece of heaven! You can eat as a main dish or an appetizer.

Coconut Shrimp

Posted by John Hardy - 2018-09-01 09:07:00

Coconut Shrimp is an irresistible main dish or appetizer that’s tender on the inside, and crispy, sweet and crunchy on the outside. A mouthwatering piece of heaven!

Recipe calls for 36 shrimp but shrimp vary in size from store to store. I usually get 1.5 pounds of the fresh, extra-large shrimp at Baker’s meat counter. Extra-large shrimp are usually 21-25 shrimp per pound.

Approx. Times: Prep 20 minutes  Cook 30  Done 60 minutes (approx)

Servings: 6 (Unless you’re like Laura and I, then it’s 2)



36         extra-large shrimp

1/2        cup all-purpose flour

2/3        cup beer (Lager or Ale)

1           egg

1-1/2     teaspoons baking powder

1/4        cup all-purpose flour

2           cups sweetened, flaked coconut



1) In medium bowl, combine egg, 1/2 cup flour, beer and baking powder. Place 1/4 cup flour and coconut in two separate bowls.

2) Hold shrimp by tail, and dredge in flour, shaking off excess flour. Dip in egg/beer batter; allow excess to drip off. Roll shrimp in coconut, and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. When they’re all prepared put the baking sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat oil to 375 degrees F in the deep-fryer.

3) Deep fry shrimp in batches for 2 to 3 minutes each batch, or until golden brown. Remove shrimp to paper towels to drain. Serve warm with the dipping sauce.

4) For the dipping sauce: mix equal amounts of apricot preserves and sambal oelek, about 3 tablespoons each. If you’re a heavy dipper, mix a little more.


If you serve as a main dish you can prepare your favorite rice dish and steamed vegetable.


ENJOY and let me know how it turned out by posting on our Facebook page.

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