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Coconut Shrimp

January 21, 2017 (Last Updated: October 20, 2020)

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Crunchy Coconut Shrimp are perfect as an appetizer or main course. The crunchy coating comes from panko bread crumbs and unsweetened coconut. 

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 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 this jalapeno apricot sauce.

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A cooked shrimp with a crunchy coating resting on the rim of a small blue bowl.

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Golden coconut shrimp hanging off the edge of a small bowl filled with a red sauce.

Coconut Shrimp

Crunchy Shrimp
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 418 kcal


  • 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


  • Clean and peel shrimp, leaving tails intact.
  • In a bowl, mix flour, salt, beer and siracha sauce.
  • In a separate bowl, mix panko, coconut and salt.
  • 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. 
  • Working in small batches, dip shrimp into batter and then into panko mixture. Pat crumbs onto shrimp. Set coated shrimp on a plate.
  • When the oil reaches 360 degrees, place shrimp in pan. Do not overcrowd pan. You may need to cook the shrimp in batches. 
  • Cook each side for approximately 2 minutes per side, until golden brown.
  • Remove cooked shrimp from oil and place on a baking rack to allow excess oil to drip. 
  • Serve hot or at room temperature. 


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


Calories: 418kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 27gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 285mgSodium: 1578mgPotassium: 209mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 4.6mgCalcium: 195mgIron: 4.2mg
Keyword coconut shrimp, shrimp, shrimp appetizer, shrimp entree recipes, shrimp recipes
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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! 🙂

  • Reply
    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!

  • Reply
    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! İ 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! 🙂 The game gives us an excuse for a party!

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