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The secret to truly crispy baked coconut shrimp is in the breading. It’s all about double toasting – toast the panko breadcrumbs and coconut before you bread the shrimp and let it crisp up again while the shrimp bakes. With this method, the breading adheres perfectly and the shrimp stay truly crispy. It’s the best alternative to deep frying that I’ve found!
Every other year, the Stevens family gathers at Keith’s dad’s house for Christmas. It’s tradition to deep-fry shrimp on Christmas Eve and we all love it (well, except for the two seafood haters who have a giant steak instead!). The shrimp is always excellent: crispy on the outside, tender in the middle, deeply flavorful.
Ingredients You Need to Make Coconut Shrimp
- Shrimp: ideally large raw shrimp with tails intact
- Flour: unbleached all-purpose flour
- Eggs: large or extra-large eggs
- Panko Breadcrumbs: these are a must for the crispiest coating
- Coconut: unsweetened, shredded coconut
- Mayonnaise: good quality store-bought mayonnaise or homemade mayonnaise
- Sriracha: or your favorite hot sauce
- Lime: fresh lime juice
- Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper:
- Fresh Parsley: optional
Why you don’t need a deep fryer for crispy Coconut Shrimp.
Until now I only got to enjoy that meal every 24 months because honestly, I don’t like to deep-fry food in my own kitchen. It’s just not worth the mess. But after successfully making Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings and Baked Chicken Tenders (after a couple of failed attempts), I thought, “Why not try the same method in a baked coconut shrimp recipe?” And all I can say is – wow! Not only are these shrimp incredibly delicious and super crispy, they come at a minimum of effort and mess. If you love fried shrimp, you simply must try this easy recipe!
How to Make Coconut Shrimp
Here is the key step – you need to pre-bake the mixture of panko breadcrumbs and shredded coconut before you bread the shrimp. Note the difference in the photo below. The breading is already lightly golden before you coat the shrimp with it.
Then you coat the shrimp in this order: flour, egg, breading. Next you crank up the oven and bake the shrimp on a rack until deeply golden all the way around.
That’s it! You’re rewarded with perfectly crispy, entirely tasty shrimp. Serve a spicy sriracha mayonnaise or spicy remoulade sauce for dippin to make them even better.
With this simple method, we get to enjoy the flavor and texture of crunchy fried shrimp all year long without the mess or hassle of deep frying. And you can too!
More Must Try Shrimp Recipes
Crispy Baked Coconut Shrimp
- 1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup sriracha
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 large eggs beaten
- fresh parsley minced, for garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Whisk together panko and unsweetened coconut in a bowl. Spread mixture onto a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 4 minutes, until lightly golden. Return to bowl and whisk in kosher salt.
- Place oven-safe rack on baking sheet and and brush with oil or coat with non-stick cooking spray.
- Meanwhile, whisk together dip ingredients in a small bowl: mayonnaise, sriracha and lime juice. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Increase oven to 425°F.
- Put flour on a small plate and season with salt and pepper, stir to combine.
- Set up your breading station in this order: flour, egg, breading. Dredge one shrimp in flour and shake off excess, dip in egg and then coat thoroughly with coconut mixture. Place on rack in baking sheet. Repeat with remaining shrimp.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until shrimp are golden brown and cooked through. Transfer shrimp to platter and garnish with parsley if desired. Serve immediately with sriracha mayonnaise for dipping.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.