Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Coconut Fried Shrimp with Dipping Sauce

Coconut shrimp is one of those things that I love to order at restaurants, but never make. After I saw the recipe in a cookbook my mom gave me for Christmas though, I knew I had to bite the bullet and stop procrastinating. And boy, am I so very glad I did.

Please excuse all the blue in these pics. I took them when it was almost completely dark. Seriously, a tripod has changed my life. Thanks mom!

This recipe is simple and yet super flavorful. The balance of the sweet coconut and the shrimp is perfect. I also really like the sauce and think it's perfect for this dish. This is not cocktail sauce shrimp. Be forewarned though, this is a messy process. But it is well worth every misplaced breadcrumb.

Would I make this again? Oh yes. Perfect for a movie night.

Coconut Fried Shrimp with Dipping Sauce


Peanut oil, for frying
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup water
2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 pound medium or large shrimp, peeled and deveined

Dipping Sauce:

1/2 cup orange marmalade
4 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


1. In a large, heavy pot, heat 2-inches of the peanut oil to 325 degrees F.

2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Add the water and whisk until smooth. Let the batter stand for 15 minutes.

3. In a wide, shallow bowl, toss the coconut and bread crumbs together.

4. Put the shrimp into the batter. Remove the shrimp, 1 at a time, and dredge in the coconut mixture, pressing to help the coconut adhere. Fry the shrimp in batches in the hot oil for 1 to 2 minutes or until brown. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the shrimp to a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Serve the shrimp with the dipping sauce.

Dipping Sauce:

Add all dipping sauce ingredients to a pot on a low temperature. Heat for 10 minutes, making sure you stir ingredients every few minutes.


Source: The Dean Brothers Cookbook


  1. YESSS. This. All of this. It's like a magic party in my mouth, but without actually being in my mouth which is when the excitement turns into sadness. Meh.
    But ... yum. Lol.

  2. haha pretty much sums up how I feel at food blogs.