Coconut Shrimp

Hi everyone! Today's recipe was requested by quite a few persons on my Channel, so here you have it.  Better late than never. I hope you enjoy this easy and delicious recipe.

  • 1lb. Extra Large Shrimp (tail on, peeled and deveined)
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 5oz can Coconut Milk
  • 1 large Egg
  • 2/3 - 1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1¼ cups Sweetened shredded Coconut
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Ground black Pepper to taste
  • Crushed Red Pepper to taste
  • Plenty of Vegetable oil for frying

In a large bowl combine the egg, coconut milk, ½ cup of flour and 1 teaspoon of baking powder, season this mixture with salt, ground black pepper and crushed red pepper to taste,  mix well until you get a smooth batter. If your batter is too thick, feel free to add  3-4 tablespoons of water to thin it out a bit.)

In another bowl, combine the rest of the flour (½ cup) with salt and ground black pepper to taste.

In another bowl, combine the Panko breadcrumbs with the Shredded coconut.

Rinse the shrimp with cold water and pat them dry with paper towels.

Coat the shrimp with the flour mixture on all sides, shake to remove the excess flour, then dip them in the Coconut milk batter, make sure they are well soaked with the batter, shake again to remove the excess batter, then transfer them to the Panko mixture and coat them with the panko mixture on all sides. Press down the Panko-coconut mixture onto the shrimp.  Keep on repeating these steps until you are done.

Refrigerate them for at least 1 hour before frying them. (You need to refrigerate them for at least 1 hour, otherwise, if they are not cold enough, the shredded coconut wont stick to them while they are been fried. So do not skip this step!!!)

After an hour or so, preheat plenty of oil to a temperature of 350ºF (180ºC). Fry the shrimp for at 3 - 3½ minutes or until they are cooked and golden brown on all sides. Flip them only once while they are cooking. (Shrimp cook fairly soon, so do not cook them for more than 4 minutes!) 

Once they are cooked, remove them from the oil and place them on paper towels.

Serve with your favorite rice, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes or steamed vegetables or just over a simple salad and  Enjoy!