Coconut Fried Shrimp with Dipping Sauce

Anita and I stopped by Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, the other day. The food there is always absolutely amazing. We had their Coconut Shrimp with Cajun slaw and a dipping sauce, and it was beyond fantastic. Ever since then I have been jonesin’ for coconut shrimp. Now, this recipe for coconut fried shrimp is not meant to be a copycat of the version from Pappadeaux. But, it’s still mighty tasty and comes with a great dipping sauce (don’t be afraid to double the recipe for the dipping sauce).

Coconut Fried Shrimp with Dipping Sauce

Be careful to not overcook the shrimp when you’re making these coconut fried shrimp with dipping sauce. They don’t take long to cook at all, just until they are just starting to turn golden brown.

Also try my copycat of Applebee’s Sriracha shrimp, Bayou fried shrimp, southern fried shrimp, Bubba Gump’s Dumb Luck coconut shrimp and my copycat of Bonefish Grill’s Bang Bang shrimp. Did I mention how much I love fried shrimp?

Coconut Fried Shrimp with Dipping Sauce
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Coconut Fried Shrimp with Dipping Sauce

This recipe for coconut fried shrimp is mighty tasty and comes with a great dipping sauce (don’t be afraid to double the recipe for the dipping sauce).
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword coconut, deep-fried, dipping sauce, shrimp
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 518kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the dipping sauce

For the shrimp

Instructions

For the dipping sauce

  • Combine all ingredients in a small pot over low heat. Stir occasionally while you make the shrimp.

For the shrimp

  • Combine flour, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl.
  • Whisk in the water and let set for 20 minutes.
  • In a shallow bowl or pie plate combine the coconut and bread crumbs.
  • Heat 2″ of oil in a Dutch oven or deep fryer to 325 F.
  • Add shrimp to the batter mixture and coat well.
  • Working in batches, shake off excess batter then add shrimp to the coconut mixture, Press lightly on the coating to get it to adhere, covering all sides of the shrimp.
  • Lower shrimp into the oil and cook 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Serve with warmed dipping sauce on the side.

Nutrition

Calories: 518kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 1764mg | Potassium: 307mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 99IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 243mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutritional values are approximate.