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Coconut Shrimp

January 21, 2017 (Last Updated: December 8, 2019)

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Crunchy Coconut Shrimp!

Coconut shrimp piled on a white platter.

Are you watching football? I mean all the playoff games and getting ready for the BIG Super Bowl game?

Crispy, Crunchy Coconut Shrimp

I must confess, I’m not a huge football fan until the final few playoff games. Then I’m all in….well…. I kind of watch the games! I must admit, I still get side tracked….like by making great food to eat while watching the games! Football watching equals great food! Right???

A crunchy shrimp being held in the air above a platter of shrimp.

These crunchy coconut shrimp are perfect football watching food. You can serve up a pile of them and they will disappear quickly. Consider making a double batch!

Shrimp on a plate with a garnish of chopped green onions on the top.

What type of coconut do I need to make this shrimp appetizer?

For this coconut shrimp you will need unsweetened coconut. Most coconut you find in the baking aisle is sweetened. I was able to find unsweetened coconut in the organic section in my grocery store.

These shrimp are lightly fried and they key to success is having the oil at the correct temperature. Use a high temperature thermometer that will ensure your oil is at 360 degrees.

What ingredients do I need to make coconut shrimp?

  • Shrimp
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Siracha Sauce
  • Beer
  • Unsweetened coconut
  • Oil for frying

What type of oil is best for frying?

I usually use  vegetable oil or canola oil. You could also use peanut oil, safflower oil or corn oil.

Shrimps served on a small white plate.

These shrimp are great eaten while still hot or once they’ve cooled to room temperature. They will hold their crunchy texture as long as you don’t refrigerate them. A perfect dipping sauce is a jalapeno apricot sauce.

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Crispy shrimp resting on the side of a turquoise bowl.

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5 from 5 votes
Crispy, Crunchy Coconut Shrimp
Coconut Shrimp
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Crunchy Shrimp

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut shrimp, shrimp, shrimp appetizer, shrimp entree recipes, shrimp recipes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 418 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 1 pound raw shrimp
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Siracha sauce
  • 3/4 cup beer
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups canola oil
  1. Clean and peel shrimp, leaving tails intact.

  2. In a bowl, mix flour, salt, beer and siracha sauce.

  3. In a separate bowl, mix panko, coconut and salt.

  4. In a cast iron frying pan, preheat oil over medium high heat. You need approximately 1/2" of oil in your pan. Adjust amount of oil according to the size of your pan. 

  5. Working in small batches, dip shrimp into batter and then into panko mixture. Pat crumbs onto shrimp. Set coated shrimp on a plate.

  6. When the oil reaches 360 degrees, place shrimp in pan. Do not overcrowd pan. You may need to cook the shrimp in batches. 

  7. Cook each side for approximately 2 minutes per side, until golden brown.

  8. Remove cooked shrimp from oil and place on a baking rack to allow excess oil to drip. 

  9. Serve hot or at room temperature. 

Recipe Notes

Make certain temperature of oil returns to 360 degrees between batches.Ā 

Nutrition Facts
Coconut Shrimp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 418 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 285mg95%
Sodium 1578mg69%
Potassium 209mg6%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin C 4.6mg6%
Calcium 195mg20%
Iron 4.2mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe adapted from Fine Cooking


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  • Reply
    Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
    May 4, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    5 stars
    Coconut and shrimp are the perfect flavour combo. Love how delicious this sounds…and it looks fantastic too. Easy entertaining….and I know people will be fighting for the last one!!

    • Reply
      May 4, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      You are so right! šŸ™‚

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    peter @Feed Your Soul Too
    May 4, 2017 at 8:40 am

    5 stars
    You got a perfect crust on your shrimp. The combination of the panko and the coconut create a wonderful exterior and flavor.

    • Reply
      May 4, 2017 at 6:22 pm

      There’s nothing better than a crunchy bite!

  • Reply
    Molly Kumar
    May 4, 2017 at 7:17 am

    5 stars
    WoW, these ‘Coconut Shrimp’ looks so good and nicely crisp. I love the addition of Sriracha for that hint of spice with the creamy-sweet coconut flavor. The recipe is so easy and I’ll try make them soon.

    • Reply
      May 4, 2017 at 6:22 pm

      Let me know how they turn out!

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    Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
    May 4, 2017 at 6:16 am

    5 stars
    One of my favourite dishes when I go to the US. Love coconut shrimp. Bookmarking this

    • Reply
      May 4, 2017 at 6:21 pm

      It’s one of our favorites too!

  • Reply
    Jovita @ Yummy Addiction
    May 4, 2017 at 2:46 am

    5 stars
    That’s what I call a perfect snack! You can’t go wrong with coated shrimp. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      May 4, 2017 at 4:53 am

      Thanks, Jovita!

  • Reply
    Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
    April 3, 2017 at 7:51 am

    These shrimp look like PERFECTION! That coating looks spot on. YUM!

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    Citra Kale @Citra's Home Diary
    March 30, 2017 at 3:05 am

    it’s not only looks so YUM! Ä° think it’s addicting as well :p

    • Reply
      March 30, 2017 at 5:43 am

      I totally agree!

  • Reply
    January 29, 2017 at 6:35 am

    There’s nothing wrong with that! šŸ™‚ The game gives us an excuse for a party!

  • Reply
    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    January 25, 2017 at 2:50 am

    I will freely admit that I am a football fan purely for the snacks! And these shrimp are MY kind of snack!

  • Reply
    January 24, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    I could eat all those shrimps on my own and I don’t even need the football excuse. šŸ™‚ They look amazing!

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    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    January 24, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    This year I’m going to be all about the food because the team I like are all out. I think I’ll just distract myself with a double batch of this coconut shrimp!

    • Reply
      January 29, 2017 at 6:33 am

      Just make lots of great food and you won’t miss your team not playing!

  • Reply
    January 24, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Hi Kathy- these look fabulous – I’ve got to try them! I love coconut shrimp, so I’m all in! Have a great week!

    • Reply
      January 29, 2017 at 6:33 am

      You are going to love these! They are super crunchy and so tasty!

  • Reply
    January 24, 2017 at 9:30 am

    I love coconut flavor, sure this is very flavorful!

    • Reply
      January 29, 2017 at 6:32 am

      I love coconut too! It is really great on these shrimp.

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    January 24, 2017 at 5:33 am

    So I am a big football fan…but my team didn’t make it into the playoffs this year. I’ll still watch the Super Bowl and hope for a good game, but it’s really all about the food + commercials at this point. And this coconut shrimp sound awesome! Perfect finger food for gameday! šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      January 29, 2017 at 6:30 am

      I think it’s all about the food! šŸ™‚ The game is just the reason for the little party!!!

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    January 24, 2017 at 5:08 am

    I’m not a huge football fan, but I do love the food that goes along with the watching of the game šŸ™‚ Coconut shrimp have got to be on the top of my favourite foods and these look DELICIOUS! Pinning and trying real soon!!

    • Reply
      January 29, 2017 at 6:31 am

      I love the crunch of this shrimp! I hope you give it a try!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    January 23, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    These look delicious Kathy. I haven’t made coconut shrimp in quite a while either. I’ll need to give your recipe a try!

    • Reply
      January 24, 2017 at 4:33 am

      The crunchy coating is very addicting!

  • Reply
    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    January 22, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Yum for these crispy coconut shrimp! Loreto makes them sometimes and you’re right, they’re always a hit, no leftovers! Love the addition of sriracha in the batter!

    • Reply
      January 22, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      The siracha just gives a little hint of a kick! šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    January 21, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Kathy, there is a bit of ‘football consternation’ going on here in San Diego as the S.D. Chargers have left and gone to L.A. But what the heck, your Coconut Shrimp should lift everyone’s spirits here!

    • Reply
      January 22, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      Too bad about the Chargers. It’s hard to stay loyal to a team that moves away from your town! The Packers lost today, so I’m in a bit of morning here. šŸ™ The shrimp were a hit though!

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