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Coconut Shrimp with Spicy Chilled Pineapple Sauce

Super crispy and sweet coconut shrimp with a spicy chilled pineapple sauce.

I’ve been promising this one for awhile. And it’s the perfect time for it too. Coconut shrimp is going to make its debut today! I’m pairing it with a slightly spicy chilled pineapple sauce just because. Think of the flavors of Piña Colada in food form and you’re right on track.

I see these all the time at restaurants here in Florida but never get them because one, there’s too little servings of shrimp vs the cost and vs my hungry stomach and two, why buy them when I can make them at home

Super crispy and sweet coconut shrimp with a spicy chilled pineapple sauce.

That’s kinda my running philosophy that determines what I order when I eat out. Sure I have my favorites at my favorite restaurants but for the most part if I can cook it, I won’t order it. And since I’ve started this food blog, the selection of food to choose from is shrinking more and more.

On the positive side, I save money. On the but-I-want-to-spoil-myself-and-eat-outside side, it sucks! Let’s order some green curry chicken, wait…why pay 8 bucks for it when I can make it at home? How about Panang chicken curry….gah, spaghetti and meatballs? Nooooo. Curse me and my miserly cheffy self!

Super crispy and sweet coconut shrimp with a spicy chilled pineapple sauce.

I do make exceptions though and just because the cuisine deserves it. I can cook butter chicken, palak paneer and cucumber raita buuuut I conveniently forget this when we go to Indian restaurants and order exactly that, and wait for them to come in their cute little hammered copper dishes. Because it is worth it. I have a huge crush on Indian cuisine. And if you’re not seeing a lot of it here, it’s because I’m taking my time and I wanna get it right.

Back to the recipe though, today we will forget about Indian food and focus instead on this shrimp. These coconut shrimpies are made crispy for you exclusively by panko breadcrumbs and sweetened coconut flakes. Did I do the sponsored announcer voice right? It sounded right in my head.

Speaking of all things coconut-y, about last month or so the folks over at Cocozia were great enough to give me some samples of their organic coconut water and asked for a review and honest opinion (beyond getting those free samples, I’m not getting compensated for this!). My verdict: it was kinda like coconut water from young, green coconuts I grew up around drinking,  if you’ve ever had those. I had great fun with their extendable straws (first time coming across these). So you can pretend to play trombone while drinking coconut water. Am I weird? Anyway, good stuff!

Coconut Shrimp with Spicy Pineapple Sauce

Let’s move on to the breading: three breading stations needed, as usual. Flour dusting is station number one, egg dipping is station number two and coconut and panko deliciousness is station number three. Ready? Set…go! On a side note, this is much, much easier to bread because of the shrimpy tail handle thingies. Your fingers don’t wind up as a clump magnet where you end up breading them more than the food. So rest easy knowing you can swish that shrimp in the egg and not get messy!

Also, you’ll want to shake off any excess flour before dipping into the egg and likewise, let the egg drip off fully before rolling it in the coconut mixture. I like to use a spoon to heap on flour in the first stage so I don’t get my fingers messy. As for the cooking, one thing I will have to point out here is shrimp cooks fast. Panko and coconut burns even faster. So don’t blast your kitchen with super high heat and wonder why you have blackened charcoal shrimp. Heat up the oil nice and slow and wait for it to be ready. If you’re wondering what ready is, ready is when you dip a shrimp end in it and the oil gets all excited. If the oil sits there and doesn’t even acknowledge your shrimp, it’s not ready.

Super crispy and sweet coconut shrimp with a spicy chilled pineapple sauce.

Then watch the shrimp cook, it shouldn’t take too long. Once my oil was nice and hot, it took 30 seconds per side. If you don’t have a deep fryer, you’ll need to do both sides. I pan fried this and flipped sides. Once the coconut and panko turns a nice light brown, it is done. Once it starts turning a dark orange brown, is it a little overdone. You don’t want it to look like someone with a bad sun tan. I don’t need to tell you what it looks like when it’s gone way past the overdone stage.

If oil makes your arteries scream for mercy, you can probably bake these too. Just like I had success baking my tuna and cheese croquettes, these are bake-friendly as well. I did the croquettes with cornflakes breadcrumbs on 450 degrees F for 15 minutes. I suggest 450 degrees F for about 5-10 minutes, check to see how long it takes to get a light golden brown. If you do bake it, let me know what settings you used!

Super crispy and sweet coconut shrimp with a spicy chilled pineapple sauce.

And now it’s time to eat. I spent about an hour taking pics of these. By the time I was ready to eat, it had cooled down but was still crispy. Oh and that pineapple sauce. Just a little bit of heat to it and with it being chilled and all, it was great! The first thing I thought when I took my first bite was ‘How do I tell them how awesome this is without using hyperboles?’. Well, I hope I just did.

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Super crispy and sweet coconut shrimp with a spicy chilled pineapple sauce.

Coconut Shrimp with Spicy Pineapple Sauce


  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 2-4

Ingredients

Shrimp:

  • 12 oz. jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined with tail on
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes

Sauce:

  • 1 can (8 oz.) pineapple chunks, with juice
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne

Instructions

  1. Blend all the ingredients for the sauce together and chill for 30 minutes
  2. Pat the shrimp dry and season with salt and pepper
  3. Combine the panko with coconut flakes and mix well
  4. Dust the shrimp in the flour, dip it in the egg and coat fully and then coat with coconut mixture
  5. Repeat with remaining shrimp
  6. Over medium heat, heat up oil until hot and fry the shrimp in batches until light golden brown
  7. Drain on paper towels
  8. Let it rest for 10 minutes then dish and serve with chilled pineapple sauce

 

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Christine @ Taste of Divine
    July 2, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    I know what you mean about not wanting to order something you can make yourself…especially when you know you can cook it for much less–guilty, haha!

    I LOVE coconut shrimp and this recipe looks so yummy! Do you think it would work to use pure maple syrup instead of the brown sugar? I normally don’t eat sugar. And once again, I am putting another one of your recipes on my to-do list!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      July 2, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      I think you can use maple syrup, agave, palm sugar, white sugar. It’s just there to balance out the lime juice really. It’ll just be a slightly different sorta sweet!

  • Reply
    Dorcas@feelgoodfoodblog
    July 2, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Just told hubby I’m making this when my boyz come back from their travels. They love coconut shrimp! I concur with you both on the passing up certain foods when you can make it yourself. Guilty as charged. Except of course for Indian
    food. I am still in my honeymoon phase with Indian food though it’s been 4 years since it made its way into my life. I made Dal Fry just now and my house smells great. I’ll let you know how the Coconut Shrimp goes 🙂

    D~

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      July 3, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      Make a big batch if they like it, I used a whole packet of frozen jumbo shrimp for just the two of us and boy did we nom! But we’re gluttons. And Indian food never gets old. That dal fry sounds great! I usually make vegetable dal to eat with roti. 🙂

  • Reply
    Nagi {RecipeTin Eats}
    July 2, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    This recipe is the complete package – great post (tick), brilliant photo (tick) and a truly GREAT recipe (tick tick tick!). Can’t wait to try it! This is seriously amazing looking. And that sauce……

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      July 3, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      You’re such a sweetheart, Nagi! I will bury you in a mountain of these when you pass, as requested 😉

  • Reply
    Muna Kenny
    July 3, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Looks so crispy from the outside, I love this dish, but unfortunately I can’t have shrimps anymore, so I’ll use fish fingers to make it. That second pic with sauce dripping, oh my, I really have to make it 🙂

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      July 3, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      It goes great with chicken tenders or fish! Not sure why I picked shrimp to feature the breading but it plays well with all kinds of protein!

  • Reply
    Anna Voloshyna
    July 3, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    This recipe is what I was looking for =) Nice job!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      July 3, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Thank you, Anna! I hope you like it if you make it 🙂

  • Reply
    Kelly @ Trial and Eater
    July 5, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    I love coconut shrimp! It sounds amazing with the spicy pineapple sauce!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      July 5, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      Thanks, Kelly! It WAS amazing! I was happily surprised with the outcome 🙂

  • Reply
    Sunshine
    August 11, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    These look awesome, but I GF, what flour would you suggest in place of wheat? I have some GF panko.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      August 11, 2014 at 10:53 PM

      Hmm, you could try dusting it lightly with cornstarch. I regularly use cornstarch + egg as a batter for crispy stuff.

  • Reply
    Billy
    August 14, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    What temp for a deep fryer? Thanks looks great.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      August 15, 2015 at 5:14 PM

      Honestly, I don’t have a deep fryer machine that sets a temp so I wouldn’t know. And I’m not sure how to gauge the temperature of the oil on the stove. I just toss a little something in the oil to see if it crackles and I know it’s ready and so breading doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Just not too hot that the oil is smoking. If you’re used to frying stuff, then I would guess whatever temperature you’ve used for things like fried chicken or fries. Good luck, Billy!

  • Reply
    Catherine
    September 22, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    What would be a good gluten sub. for the panko?

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      September 23, 2015 at 1:35 PM

      I’m not well versed in GF stuff but you could blitz some gluten free bread in the food processor and use those bread crumbs to substitute panko?

  • Reply
    Cindy Hargan
    January 16, 2016 at 11:59 AM

    I use organic, unrefined coconut oil to cook with, Its a healthier oil and no worries about your arteries screaming. LOL

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      January 16, 2016 at 10:40 PM

      You know, I’ve been hearing a lot about how healthy coconut oil is for cooking. I should do more research about it! I think the thing that turned me off what how it is solid. Wasn’t used to that! Did a quick Googling last night and found out this is completely normal and it liquefies after heating up.

  • Reply
    Janine
    March 15, 2017 at 2:02 PM

    Willing to try this recipe but can i use grated coconut instead of the store brought coconut?

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      March 15, 2017 at 2:17 PM

      As long as the grated coconut is not the super fine, you should be okay. You’ll want flake-like consistency to add texture along with the panko bread crumbs. Good luck, Janine! We gobbled up this one super fast.

  • Reply
    Kendria Street
    December 17, 2017 at 6:14 PM

    Hello! I just found this recipe on Yummly and I can’t wait to try it. May I ask how are calculate the calories per serving?

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      January 29, 2018 at 5:35 PM

      I would suggest using a calorie calculator like this and dividing the servings into 4 portions, depending how much you eat. The portion assumes that much fried shrimp would be enough for 4 people with sides.

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