Crunchy Coconut Shrimp, are battered, fried large shrimp, served with a sweet chili-lime dipping sauce! They’re a delicious main course or appetizer!
Today I am posting an amazing appetizer recipe that our good friend Shari (and her husband Richard) made for my husband and I one evening at their home. These coconut shrimp are quite possibly one of my very favorite appetizers. The sweet chili-lime sauce just makes this dish PERFECT!
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My Friend Shari
Where The Recipe For These Coconut Shrimp Originated
The original recipe was published in Bon Appetit magazine’s October 2006 issue. It is a fairly straightforward recipe, and an incredibly delicious appetizer. This is the chili sauce (below) used for this recipe, which can usually be found in the Asian section of most grocery stores.
It’s a fairly easy recipe to make. You mix up the dipping sauce, make the batter, then coat the shrimp with the batter, roll them in a seasoned coconut topping and deep fry until done.
The coconut shrimp are nice and crunchy, and when dipped in the sweet and spicy chili-lime sauce…oh my! What an amazing appetizer! I really hope you will give these yummy coconut shrimp a try. Have a great day!
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Crunchy Coconut Shrimp, are battered, fried large shrimp, served with a sweet chili-lime dipping sauce! They're a delicious main course or appetizer!
- 3/4 cup Asian sweet chili sauce (I use Mae Ploy)
- 3 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon curry powder (preferably Madras style)
- 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg , beaten
- 1 cup club soda
- 1/4 cup Vegetable oil (for deep frying)
- 1 1/2 cups medium shredded unsweetened coconut
- 16 large shrimp , peeled, deveined, tails left intact
- Make the sauce: Mix the sweet chili sauce, chopped cilantro, and lime juice in a small serving bowl. Cover and chill (sauce can be made a day ahead).
- Make the batter for the shrimp: Whisk the flour, curry powder, baking powder and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Add in the lightly beaten egg and the club soda. Whisk these ingredients together only until the ingredients are incorporated. The batter should still be a bit "lumpy". Set the batter aside and let it "rest" for approximately 15 minutes.
- To make the shrimp: While the batter is "resting", pour vegetable oil into a large, heavy saucepan (or an electric skillet with temperature gauge). Use enough oil to come up about halfway up the sides of your pan. Attach a deep-fry thermometer to the saucepan. Heat the oil on medium until it reaches 375 degrees.
Before you cook the shrimp, line a baking sheet with several thicknesses of paper towels (to drain the shrimp once cooked). Spread the coconut out onto a plate. Line up the batter bowl, then the plate of coconut and place them near the pan with the hot oil.
- Working with one shrimp at a time (hold the shrimp by the tail!), dip it into the batter. Allow the excess batter to drip back into the bowl, then roll it in the coconut, still holding onto that tail. Cover both sides of shrimp-you may have to use your other hand to scoop some of the coconut onto the shrimp.
Carefully put the shrimp into the 375 degree oil (make sure the oil is at temperature before adding, to ensure a good crunch and browning). Work in batches, cooking 4-5 shrimp at a time. Deep-fry the shrimp about 2- 1/2 minutes (turning halfway through cooking time). Remove the golden brown colored, cooked shrimp to the paper-towel lined baking sheet to drain. **Before you add the next batch of shrimp to the oil, make sure the oil is back to temperature! (this is important!). Serve shrimp hot, with dipping sauce on the side. Enjoy!
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