Baked Coconut Shrimp

Oven Baked Coconut Shrimp with crispy coconut coating, perfect for dipping and serving up as an appetizer or even a main dish. 

Baked Coconut Shrimp | Creme de la Crumb

So here’s the thing. I’m an appetizer person. An order-appetizers-for-dinner kind of person. It must be hereditary because my mother is even worse. I think I’ve seen her order something from the entree section of a menu maybe four or five times total. She always skims the menu but ends up back at the appetizers and often orders two or three for her meal. If it was up to her I think every Sunday dinner would be comprised of mini egg rolls and spinach artichoke dip.

Just one of the many reasons I say to myself on a weekly basis “oh my gosh I’m turning into my mother…”

Seriously its uncanny the number of things I do now as an adult that remind me of my mom.

Baked Coconut Shrimp | Creme de la Crumb

So when it comes down to it, yeah these baked coconut shrimp make a fantastic, traditional, crowd-pleasing appetizer. They do! If you make them for a party I can guarantee each and every one will disappear. But they also make a really awesome main dish. I know because I’ve done it. I’ve totally had a whole plate of baked coconut shrimp with sweet and sour sauce and been in appetizer dinner heaven.

I’ve also had chips and queso for dinner but I don’t recommend that quite as highly. I was in college, don’t judge.

Baked Coconut Shrimp | Creme de la Crumb

Annnnyway, I would tell you how easy it is to make these and talk you through the steps but I made another video (what?!) yes, another video. Don’t worry, the full written (printable) recipe will always be here, but in case you are a visual learner and want to follow along with my video, it’s there for you. So now you have zero excuses not to make these this week for an appetizer! Or dinner. Or appetinner.

Baked Coconut Shrimp | Creme de la Crumb

Baked Coconut Shrimp

Oven baked shrimp with crispy coconut coating, perfect for dipping and serving up as an appetizer or even a main dish.

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baked, coconut, shrimp
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds large shrimp (see note)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup homemade or store bought sweet and sour sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and grease a baking pan or casserole dish.

  2. In one bowl whisk together eggs and water. In a second bowl, whisk together flour, salt, chili powder, garlic powder, and black pepper. Place coconut flakes in a third bowl.

  3. Dip one shrimp in the flour, tossing to coat. Next, dip in the egg wash. Lastly, toss the shrimp in coconut flakes being sure to coat as much of the shrimp with coconut as possible. Place in greased baking dish and repeat process with remaining shrimp.

  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes until coconut begins to brown. (For crispier shrimp, spritz the shrimp with cooking spray just before baking) Garnish with chopped cilantro if desired and serve with sweet and sour sauce.

Recipe Notes

The shrimp should peeled and deveined but tails left on. You can either use uncooked shrimp (gray) or cooked shrimp (pink). If you use uncooked shrimp, they should turn pink by the time they are done cooking.
Serves about 3 as a main dish and 6 as an appetizer.

 

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Comments

These look wonderful. My question is are the coconut flakes sweetened or unsweetened?

    Hi Ginger! Great question, I should clarify that in my recipe! You can actually use either but I prefer sweetened!

Super delicious! The whole family loved it 🙂 Thanks for sharing

What are your thoughts to add ginger?

    Hi Michael- You could add some ginger, that would probably be just fine!

could i make them ahead and freeze them ti bake later?

    Hi Kellie- I haven’t done this before so I can’t say for sure… but I think it could work! Definitely let me know the outcome if you give it a try!