Zesty Coconut Shrimp

March 9, 2011


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.



Don’t be shy, dig right on in!


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


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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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