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Quick and Easy Coconut Shrimp

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These coconut shrimp are jumbo shrimp wrapped in a sweet and savory coating, then deep fried to golden brown perfection. A restaurant style appetizer or main course that is super simple to create at home.

Coconut shrimp are among my all-time favorite indulgences — should I visit them on a restaurant menu, I immediately purchase a few! That being said, it is really really simple to create your own coconut beans in your home, and I must say I think that they taste much better than the restaurant version.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 pounds jumbo shrimp devein and peel but leave tails on
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups finely shredded coconut the sweetened variety
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • oil for frying
  • 3/4 cup sweet chili sauce
  • cilantro for garnish optional

INSTRUCTIONS

1 Place the flour in a medium size bowl along with the salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
2 Place the eggs in a second bowl. In a third bowl, add the coconut and breadcrumbs and mix until combined.
3 Dip each shrimp first into the flour, then into the egg, then roll in the coconut mixture to coat evenly. Place each breaded shrimp on a sheet pan. Repeat the process until all shrimp are breaded.
4 Heat 3 inches of oil in a deep large pot to 350 degrees F.
5 Add 6 shrimp at a time and cook for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
6 Repeat the process with the remaining shrimp.
7 Place the shrimp on a plate. Serve immediately with sweet chili sauce and garnish with cilantro leaves if desired.

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