We used to go this seafood restaurant and they had Coconut Shrimp on their menu. Even when I was a kid, it was something I would order every time. I know it must’ve been fried, and they served it with a sweet sauce. Everyone at the table loved them, it was just one of those family favorites.
I decided it was time to make these at home, and to my surprise, it was much easier and faster than I thought. I served mine with a store bought sweet chili sauce as that’s what reminds me of the restaurant, but you could use whatever you wish.
I knew there were 2 methods I could make these. In a skillet, or in the oven. I decided to go the route of using a skillet, just because in my recent experiment with meatballs, I liked the result better by browning in a pan vs. in the oven.
All it took to get them brown was a touch of cooking spray and a large non-stick skillet. I was also careful to not crowd the pan, cause if you do, they will steam and not brown. I could fit all 20 in my huge pan, but if yours isn’t as large, you may have to do 2 batches. Isn’t a big deal considering they cook pretty fast.
Aside from the taste (they are amazing!), I love that these could easily be an appetizer or a dinner if you added a side dish or two. My 1 year old ate it up (she’s clearly a coconut fan like her mother), so if your kids like coconut, I could really see them digging into these as well!
Great way to get some healthy fats and protein! I hope you give them a try really soon.
- 20 large shrimp or prawns (I used raw Zipperback 21-30)
- 2 Tbsp all purpose gluten-free flour mix (or if not gluten free use reg all purpose)
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 packets stevia
- ¼ cup egg whites (about 2 egg whites)
- Rinse and peel shrimp, but leave the tails on
- Make your assembly line. Put the flour in one bowl, egg whites in a different bowl, and coconut (mixed with stevia) in the last bowl.
- Toss the shrimp in the flour, then dip in the egg and press in the coconut mixture till fully coated
- Repeat this process for all 20 shrimp
- Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, and when ready, spray lightly with cooking spray
- Place shrimp in skillet, once golden on one side, flip and cook on the other side....should take about 3-4 min per side.
- You will know the shrimp is done as the coating will be golden and the shrimp will have turned pink