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Air Fried Coconut Shrimp


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Air Fried Coconut Shrimp is a healthier version of this family-favorite recipe. Not only is this air-fried shrimp healthy, but it’s also super easy to make.

If you are a fan of fried shrimp recipes, then you are going to love this air-fried panko shrimp recipe, with less fat and all the flavor, this recipe is bound to be a hit with your entire family.

Pieces of Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp on a glass serving plate with a sauce in the middle.

Air Fried Coconut Shrimp

Did you know that shrimp is mostly made up of protein and water? If you are looking for a delicious way to add more protein into your family’s diet then shrimp is just what you need to make.

Why I Love This Recipe

If you are looking for a healthier way to make your favorite fried shrimp recipe, then you need to try this air-fried coconut shrimp recipe.

  • Ready in under an hour
  • Easy to make
  • Perfect for picky eaters
  • Looks beautiful on a plate

If you love flavorful air-fried shrimp recipes, then give this Air Fryer Bang Bang Shrimp recipe a try.

Overhead shot of Air Fried Coconut Shrimp on a glass serving plate with a sauce in the middle.

Ingredients

To make this air fryer panko shrimp you need a handful of ingredients. You should have most of these ingredients on hand already, so you might even be able to avoid a trip to the grocery store.

  • shrimp, peeled to the tail, raw
  • eggs
  • flour
  • cornstarch
  • panko
  • sweetened shredded coconut

Sauce:

  • sugar
  • ketchup
  • white vinegar
  • water
  • sweetened shredded coconut
  • chili oil, optional for heat
Ingredients needed to make Air Fried Coconut Shrimp.

Substitutions

Shrimp: Frozen shrimp can be used if they are thawed and drained first.

Coconut: Unsweetened coconut is a great swap for sweetened coconut in this recipe.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a few kitchen tools to help you make this recipe.

How to Make Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

This easy homemade coconut shrimp recipe only takes four steps and you will be eating delicious coconut breaded shrimp.

Step 1: Make the sauce

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine all the sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cut the heat and let it sit.

Sauce being cooked in a saucepan.

Step 2: Prepare the dredge for the shrimp

In 3 bowls, whisk the eggs, mix the flour and cornstarch, and mix the coconut and panko.

In three separate bowls are cleaned shrimp, flour and cornstarch mixture, whisked eggs.

Step 3: Bread the shrimp

Dip the shrimp in the flour and cornstarch bowl, then in the egg wash bowl, and then finally in the panko coconut bowl.

Shirmp in a panko coconut bowl and the other coated shrimp already in the air fryer basket for cooking.

Step 4: Air Fryer the shrimp

Place battered shrimp in air fryer basket and spray with oil. Cook on 390 for 7 minutes.

Cooked coconut shrimp in an air fryer basket.

Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Are you looking to change up this recipe? Here are some of my favorite tried and true swaps.

Green onions: Thinly diced green onions can be used to add more flavor to the breading.

Spicy: Add some cayenne pepper to the cornstarch mixture for a spicy kick to the recipe.

Lime: To make this recipe extra special, add the juice of one lime to the sauce. This will really bring out the flavor in the breading and sauce.

a hand holding an air fried Coconut Shrimp after dipping it in sauce.

Serving Suggestions

If you are wondering what to serve with this dish, have no fear, I have a list of all my favorite side dishes to serve with shrimp.

Close up shot of Air Fryer Cococunt shrimp showing only  half of the serving plate.

Tips

Here is a list of my favorite tips for making this recipe.

  • Out of panko? Crushed cornflakes will work instead for this recipe.
  • Watch your sauce carefully so that it doesn’t burn.
  • Watching your carbs? Use crushed pork rinds instead of breadcrumbs.

FAQs

Do you have questions about this shrimp? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

How to store

You can keep leftover coconut shrimp covered in the fridge for up to two days.

How to reheat

Reheat in the air fryer for 3 minutes at 390.

Can I freeze?

No, sadly this shrimp will not freeze well.

Air Fried Coconut Shrimp on a glass serving plate.

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Air Fried Coconut Shrimp Recipe

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Air Fried Coconut Shrimp

This air-fried shrimp is healthy and super easy to make.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 28 mins
Total Time 48 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 349 kcal

Equipment

  • Three mixing bowls
  • Saucepan
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Air Fryer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb shrimp peeled to the tail, raw
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup panko
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut optional unsweetened

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons chili oil optional for heat

Instructions
 

  • In a saucepan over medium high heat, combine all the sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cut the heat and let it sit.
  • In 3 bowls, whisk the eggs, mix the flour and cornstarch, and mix the coconut and panko.
  • Dip the shrimp in the flour and cornstarch bowl, then the egg wash bowl and then finally in the panko coconut bowl.
  • Place battered shrimp in air fryer basket and spray with oil. Cook on 390 for 7 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 349kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 6gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 296mgPotassium: 166mgFiber: 2gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 196IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 2mg
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