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Coconut Shrimp With Dipping Sauce

Why order coconut shrimp out at a restaurant when they are so easy to make at home? Cook these easy to make shrimp in an air fryer or a fry for a delicious appetizer or main course.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut shrimp, shrimp, shrimp recipe, coconut shrimp with dipping sauce, coconut shrimp
Servings: 4 people
Author: Melissa Reome


  • Air fryer or stove plus skillet


  • 16 oz shrimp cleaned, deveined and butterflied
  • 3 whole eggs beaten
  • 1 cup plain panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup white flour divided into 2 x 1/4 cup each
  • 2 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning plus 1/2 tsp
  • 2-3 cup vegetable oil if frying (use enough to cover half the thickness of the shrimp - about 1/2 inch)
  • cooking spray if AIR frying
  • 14 oz sweetened shredded coconut may substitute unsweetened if desired. Not all of the coconut may be used. Add more to bowl if necessary.
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 whole lime, cut into wedges


  • Defrost and prep shrimp.
  • In one bowl combine shrimp with 1/2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning, set aside.
  • In another bowl combine 1/4 cup flour and panko bread crumbs with 2 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning.
  • In a shallow bowl add about half of the coconut plus 1/4 cup flour. (Add more coconut as needed)
  • Dredge shrimp one by one in flour mixture, then egg, then press down into coconut mixture. Carefully set coated shrimp on small sheet pan. Once all shrimp are coated, freeze for 15-30 minutes or until chilled and coating is better adhered.
  • If frying, add oil to skillet and preheat to 350°F. Once oil is hot, add shrimp one by one being careful not to crowd them. Once lightly browned on both sides, remove from skillet and drain on a paper towel covered plate.
  • If air frying, spray cooking basket with cooking spray and preheat air fryer to 350°F. Add shrimp when heated. Cook approximately 4 minutes then depending on your air fryer, rotate basket or gently flip shrimp being careful not to remove coating. Cook for 4 more minutes.
  • **Red Argentinian shrimp cook faster than other varieties. Cook time will depend on the size and variety of shrimp you buy. Shrimp are finished cooking when internal temperature reaches 145°F on an instant read thermometer or the shrimp is fully opaque.**

Make Dipping Sauce for Coconut Shrimp

  • Mix equal parts orange marmalade with sweet chilli sauce and combine well. Serve with coconut shrimp
  • * Optional: sprinkle a small amount of Old Bay on cooked shrimp prior to serving. In addition serve with lime wedges to squeeze on shrimp if desired *