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Coconut Shrimp, Sides, Appetizer, Finger Food, Copy Cat Recipes, Crispy Coconut Shrimp, Sea Food

This crispy coconut shrimp when paired with the right kind of condiment like Sweet and Spicy Plum Chutney or Tomato-Chili-Garlic Chutney becomes a star at your dinner or party table. They disappear super fast. The shrimp is crispy and crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside and makes an awesome appetizer. Its crunchy, soft, spicy and sweet. You get it all in just one bite.

It’s been raining here in Northern California for two long weeks now. Love love rain.. and I’m so hoping that it does not stop. More rain means, enough snow on the Sierras at least until April, to help us deal with the California drought situation.

Even though my friends have been complaining about the continuous rain and me, agree with them that, the rain kind of dampens the energy a bit and limits you from doing outdoor activities.., but deep down, I’m so very happy that it’s raining and its windy. I find rain extremely beautiful. It just makes me happy from within.  And when it rains, all you want to do is curl up in your PJs with some hot beverage and get lost in your dreams – I have been doing that a lot these days.

Rain also wants you to crave for hot and fried food. I thought of making these Crispy Coconut Shrimp with Sriracha Dipping Sauce because of the weather called for that. if you are also craving for something fried yet, doesn’t harm your fitness goals, try  Spicy Lentil and Potato CroquettesFish CutletsCurry Spiced Baby Potatoes.

These Crispy Coconut Shrimp pair really well with Sriracha Yogurt Dipping Sauce. Either you can make the Sriracha Dipping Sauce with it or any other spicy chutney or relish will also go well. Like, Sweet and Spicy Plum Chutney.

My older son loves shrimp. He is like me when it comes to food. Either he likes something or he just doesn’t like it. And when he likes something – he likes it a lot and usually sticks to his favorites. He loved these Crispy Coconut Shrimps.

I don’t eat out much but when I do, I insist on fine dining (kind of).., Or, I like going for dinner to a restaurant where I can enjoy the service, ambiance and of course the good food. But here is the thing – the finer the restaurants, smaller are their plates and servings of food. And, it can be a pain for people like me whose taste is pretty much limited to few things and don’t like variation. Why I’m telling you this is that every time I eat out in a nice restaurant,  I scan the menu for coconut shrimp or crab cakes in the Appetizer section.  Eight out of 10 times, they have them but the problem is that you only get a few in each serving. The serving size doesn’t really satisfy my craving.

I have also been disappointed with the texture and taste of Coconut Shrimp many times. The breading could be too gummy and chewy.  You want your coconut shrimps to taste amazing with the right amount of tenderness and crispiness to them.  They should crisp on the outside and soft on the inside and when you coat them with coconut, they give you that extra crunch as well as reminds you of your trip to Hawaii.



For Coconut Shrimp

  • 1 Cup Coconut Flour (use regular flour if you don’t have coconut flour handy)
  • 1 TBSP Rice Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Milk (You can use regular milk too)
  • 16/20 Large Shrimps
  • 1 Cup Dried Unsweetened Coconut
  • Salt and black Pepper per your taste
  • 1 TSP Red Chili Powder (since we like it spicy, I added 2 TSP very hot chili powder)
  • 1 TSP Curry powder (optional)
  • Oil for frying

Sriracha  Yogurt Dipping Sauce

  • ½ CUP Greek Yogurt or, any thick unflavored yogurt.  You can also use mayonnaise
  • 1 TSP Lemon Juice
  • 1 TSP Cumin Powder
  • 2 TBSP Sriracha


  • Prepare the dipping sauce by mixing all the dipping sauce ingredients.
  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan
  • Peel and devein the shrimps. Keep the tails on.
  • Make a small slit between the shrimps, stopping at the tail
  • Mix the egg, coconut milk, and flour, curry powder, chili powder, salt and pepper into a smooth batter. The batter shouldn’t be too runny nor too thick.
  • In another bowl, mix together dry coconut, breadcrumbs
  • Holding the shrimp by its tail, dip it into the batter and then roll into the dry coconut mixture
  • Shallow fry the shrimps on each side for 2-3 minutes

NOTE: you can air fry the shrimps for a healthier alternative or you can also bake the shrimps in the oven at 450-degrees F for 10/15 minutes.

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  1. Are you for hire? Like seriously, I follow a ton of food bloggers and you are one of the more creative. All your recipes are from scratch, kudos to you Mr. Yellow Aprong :).

  2. Rain does always makes me want hot spicy food. In fact that’s what I have been cooking lately. I am going to have to put this on my routine for the next few days.

  3. ok this recipe rocks 🙂 I adore coconut shrimp and make it at least once a month- but can’t wait to try your version..especially that sirarcha dipping sauce! this is going to make me very popular 🙂

  4. Lovely post and I like how you have included your personal thoughts about rain into it. Funny thing is that we associate fried food with rain here in India and tea and pakodoas (friend veggies) are a favourite during monsoon season here.

    We are a vegetarian household, although I enjoy non-vegetarian food, I don’t think i’ll get an opportunity to make the shrimp, but it looks yummy enough to try it whenever I do get a chance or maybe ask one of my friends to try it.

  5. This looks delightful! I’m sure it tastes awesome as well. I love that you can choose to air fry or bake it, I am trying to stay away from too much oil. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. This is a nice way to serve shrimp! I love that it’s not that complicated and that sriracha yogurt dip sounds like the perfect dip for this recipe as well. Thanks for sharing this, I can’t wait to give it a try.

  7. I eat this dish 3 days before and I can tel you how good is it, I am not a great fan of shrimp but with coconut it was splendid , i will do it by myself

  8. I know what I’m making for my cheat meal this Saturday! This looks absolutely delicious. Coconut shrimp is normally what I order when I go out, but this is so easy I might as well make it at home!

  9. I know what I’m making for my cheat meal this Saturday! This looks absolutely delicious. Coconut shrimp is normally what I order when I go out, but this is so easy I might as well make it at home!

  10. This looks good, and I don’t even like shrimp. The rest of my family does though and they’d gobble this right up.

  11. Being here in Canada….it is not the rain but the snow that gets us. Luckily this year it has been mild. We love shrimp…and I sure wish I lived by the ocean so that I could get it fresh. We have to rely on frozen…and it is not the same. Your recipe sounds delicious.

  12. These look yummy! I love a good shrimp meal and the taste of coconut? Can’t be beat! I’ll be adding this to my recipe box. Thanks!

  13. I usually don’t like coconut unless it’s on coconut shrimp. I’m going to have to make these now since these pictures have me craving it! haha 🙂

  14. This is lovely! I love seafood especially shrimp and crabs. This looks like something that I would definitely enjoy. I love that it has coconut as well.

  15. Shocks! Its so delicious and yummy! I’m so craving. For those of you who have never had it before, coconut shrimp is basically shrimp rolled in coconut and fried to a delicious crisp.

  16. Coconut shrimp is one of my favourite things but I’ve never made it myself before. Putting them on top of a salad is a great idea.

  17. These flavors remind me of home. I love trying out food like this, and it would be nice to try and air fry it. I’m keeping the recipe.

  18. How delectable! I love seafood and I sure would love to give this one a try! Coconut will definitely add a lovely texture and flavor.

  19. I’m sure the curry adds a nice flavor and with the chili, this one’s going to have a nice punch to it. I can’t wait to cook this for me and my husband!

  20. Oh my goodness I am addicted to coconut shrimp! This looks so delicious now I want some LOL thank you for sharing this recipe

  21. My husband and I love shrimp, so much. We usually have shrimp as stew. I should try this delicious recipe that you have.

  22. Wow looks so good! I dont eat much out either. We live in Switzerland and its very expensiv for what you get. As you wrote, the portion is not big enought to satisfate my cravings!😂 I would love to try this recipe but I just hate the smell of the deep frying afterwards but sometimes I borrow a machine from someone so I will try it! Thanks

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