Coconut Coconut Shrimp

Coconut Coconut Shrimp
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Coconut Coconut Shrimp

Steve Legato

Coconut Coconut Shrimp

Crispy, sweet, coconut shrimp is the undisputed star of restaurant appetizers. All it takes is one bite to know that anything that tastes this good can't be healthy! Thus, creating a healthier version was no easy feat. In fact, I almost gave up when my first attempts weren't on par with the real (fried) thing. Then I had a revelation. I swapped out the customary egg white that most folks use to make the crumbs adhere to the shrimp for something stickier, creamier, and far more flavorful. Voilà! Coconut Coconut Shrimp — crispy and sweet as the "real" thing (served with a spicy Asian dipping sauce).

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For the sauce

Place all of the ingredients in a small measuring cup and stir. Set aside.

For the shrimp

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.

In a wide, shallow bowl, mix together the coconut, panko, and dry breadcrumbs. In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, light mayonnaise, and coconut extract. Dip each shrimp into the milk mixture and then into the crumb mixture to coat.

Place the coated shrimp onto the baking sheet. Spray the shrimp well with cooking spray.* Bake for 15 minutes and then broil for 1 minute to lightly brown (watch carefully). Microwave the sauce on high power for 30-60 seconds until warm. Stir again. Serve with the shrimp.


*Note: Popping the shrimp into the freezer for 15 minutes will help hold the crumbs in place.


Calories per serving:

176 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Kidney Friendly

Daily value:



  • Fat 5g 8%
  • Carbs 19g 6%
  • Saturated 3g 17%
  • Fiber 1g 5%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 11g
  • Monounsaturated 1g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 13g 27%
  • Cholesterol 92mg 31%
  • Sodium 185mg 8%
  • Calcium 79mg 8%
  • Magnesium 29mg 7%
  • Potassium 228mg 7%
  • Iron 1mg 4%
  • Zinc 1mg 7%
  • Phosphorus 154mg 22%
  • Vitamin A 5µg 1%
  • Vitamin C 2mg 3%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 3%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 3%
  • Niacin (B3) 0mg 2%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 2%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 8µg 2%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 1%
  • Vitamin D 0IU 0%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 2%
  • Vitamin K 1µg 2%
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