Zesty Coconut Shrimp

March 9, 2011

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Ok, let’s call this week what it is; Jennifer’s obsession with coconut. I’ve gone off the coconut oil deep end and I’m not sure I’ll ever fully recover.

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Then again, who’d want to? This weekend, in order to get my coconut fix, I made zesty coconut shrimp with a spicy dipping sauce. I’ve provided the ingredients for the shrimp and sauce below. Honestly, the shrimp were so flavorful on their own, the sauce didn’t stand a chance.

Ingredients: (about 2 servings)

1/2 pound shrimp (uncooked and deveined)

1 cup panko breadcrumbs

1 lime (juice and zest)

1/2 cup shredded coconut flakes

1/2 can light coconut milk

a handful of chopped cilantro

a pinch of salt

1 generous tablespoon coconut oil

a good squirt of Sriracha sauce

For the sauce: 1 generous tablespoon mayo, 1 tsp Sriracha sauce, and a squeeze of lime

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Directions: Combine coconut milk, lime juice, cilantro, and Sriracha in a mixing bowl. Add the shrimp, cover, and let sit in the fridge until chilled. It can stay put for 2 to 3 hours if necessary.

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In a separate bowl, combine panko, salt, lime zest, and shredded coconut. Toss with your fingers.

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Remove shrimp from the fridge and dredge in the coconut mixture to form a nice crust. You could add a pinch of flour here to get a heftier coating if the panko doesn’t stick to your liking.

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In a skillet, on medium-high heat, melt the coconut oil. It smells so insanely good, resist the urge to eat it straight from the jar.

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Once the pan is hot, place the shrimp in the skillet and let brown on each side.

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The shrimp only take a few minutes to cook. When the tails turn bright pink, it’s a good time to flip them over.

Once done, pull the shrimp out of the pan and place onto a paper towel to drain excess oil.

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Whip up the dipping sauce lightening quick by combining a hunk of mayo with a good squirt of Sriracha and lime. Make it as spicy as you like.

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Don’t be shy, dig right on in!

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Don’t fight it, there’s no use in trying.

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{ 21 comments }

Ivy March 15, 2011 at 6:34 pm

i am also obsessed with coconut, i made coconut scallops this weekend, perfection!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 15, 2011 at 7:39 pm

YUM! That sounds incredible. Glad to hear you are a fan of coconut, stay tuned for a coconut surprise on my blog!

Jenna March 11, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Oh heavens! I just saw your recipe on TastyKitchen and I had to pop by your blog and check out more of the magic. Love it! This looks so simple and delicious. Great photos, great recipe!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 12, 2011 at 10:44 am

Thanks, Jenna! You’re such a sweetie!

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum March 11, 2011 at 8:55 am

Your spicy sauce looks yummmmy. And so do the shrimp, obvs. :) I am a shrimp lover, although my shrimp specialties aren’t anywhere near as pretty as these. Maybe you should start a catering business and I will hire you for some upcoming parties… :)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 11, 2011 at 9:41 am

Oh, Lindsay thank you so much! You are really too sweet!

Ashley @ the fit academic March 11, 2011 at 1:56 am

omg, I have to make this THIS WEEKEND!!! Sounds amazing !!!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 11, 2011 at 9:42 am

Yes! And let me know how they turn out!

Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing March 11, 2011 at 12:29 am

Love that bright cilantro! Beautiful : ) Cannot go wrong with Sriracha!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I’m a Sriracha fiend!

Clarissa @ Sober and the City March 10, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Yummy! I’ve only ever had coconut shrimp at restaurants. It only comes in cocktail form from the store at my apartment :) Maybe I’ll be adventurous though and try this recipe!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 10, 2011 at 5:13 pm

I’d never tried making coconut shrimp before this either. It’s so easy- trust me, if I can do it, you can too! Go for it!

jen March 10, 2011 at 2:44 pm

oh my goodness! I too am obsessed with coconut lately, i just happen to have all those ingredients in my house too, will have to try this one out soon, thanks for the recipe :)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Def give it a try and let me know how you like it!

brandi March 10, 2011 at 9:51 am

This. looks. so. good!!! :)

Jessica @ How Sweet March 10, 2011 at 9:47 am

Oh my goodness… it looks absolutely incredible!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Thanks, lady!

mary March 9, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Wow. This looks amazing.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 10, 2011 at 5:22 am

Thanks, Mary!

Kayla @ Fitter Than Choc March 9, 2011 at 10:10 pm

I am really loving your blog! All your recipes are so simple, yet it looks so amazing. I’d certainly have to add this to my ‘to-make’ list!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 9, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Thank you, Kayla! Your comment makes my day! I am all about super simple, good food.

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