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Crispy Coconut Shrimp with Spicy Apricot Dipping Sauce

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Looking for the perfect appetizer for yourself or the party? When you make crispy coconut shrimp with spicy apricot dipping sauce you won’t be disappointed. This crispy coconut shrimp is made with a beer batter, dipped in coconut and fried to perfection. The dipping sauce is the perfect finisher. It’s simpler to make than you think and tastier to eat than you can even imagine!

three coconut shrimp topped with spicy apricot sauce
It’s all good with the crunch and spice!

FANCY FLAVORS AT HOME

When you go to a specialty restaurant it’s always a treat to have coconut shrimp. Most times you don’t think about making it at home but with this simple recipe you could have crispy coconut shrimp with spicy apricot dipping sauce anytime you want. I love this recipe because of its simple ingredients. Most of the ingredients you will have on hand in your pantry.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR COCONUT SHRIMP

  • FRESH SHRIMP; I prefer jumbo prawns for this recipe.
  • ALL-PURPOUS FLOUR
  • SWEETENED COCONUT; You can find this shredded in the the baking section.
  • AMBER ALE; This makes for a rich batter.
  • CORNSTARCH
  • EGG

MAKING THE SAUCE

  • APRICOT PRESERVES; Find this item in the jelly section. Preserves are a little less sweet than jam or jelly.
  • HOT SAUCE; Basic hot sauce is good.
  • HONEY
A coconut shrimp split in half showing the inside of the shrimp.
Perfectly cooked with the perfect crunch!

HOW TO MAKE CRISPY COCNUT SHRIMP

  1. Begin by butterflying your shrimp.
  2. Peel the main portion of the shrimp keeping the tail on 
  3. Take a small paring knife and slightly cut down the back of the shrimp. Make sure that you do not cut all the way through so that the shrimp stays intact.
  4. Lay the shrimp flat so that the tail folds over. Season with onion powder and salt.
  5. To make the beer batter a. Add flour, eggs, cornstarch and into a medium sized mixing bowl and whisk. Slowly add in beer. Whisk the mixture until it is a smooth consistency.
  6. On a sheet pan mixed together flour and coconut.
  7. In a cast iron skillet add canola oil and heat to 365° f.
  8. While your oil is heating up, prepare your shrimp. Dredge the shrimp in flour, batter and coconut flour.
  9. Once your oil is hot, slowly place shrimp in the oil with the tail folded.
  10. Monitor your shrimp, flip once it is golden brown. This will take only 2-3 minutes.
  11. Remove shrimp in place on a cooling rack.
  12. Drizzle shrimp with apricot sauce or any other sauce and enjoy while it’s hot.
1 pound of shrimp that is butterflied and laid out on a cutting board.
1. Butterfly shrimp.
Beer, flour, egg, and cornstarch
2. Prepare batter ingredients.
a bowl with mixed batter inside.
3. Mix your batter.
Seasoned shrimp.
4. Season your shrimp.
Showing each station for dipping. flour, batter and coconut.
5. Prepare your dipping stations.
shrimp dipped in flour
6. Flour
7. Dip in batter
shrimp dipped in coconut
8. Coconut and flour mixture.
showing shrimp finished being dipped.
9. Fully dip in coconut and flour.
oil going in to cast iron skillet
10. Heat canola oil.
shrimp being fried.
11. Slowly dip shrimp in hot oil.
shrimp after it is flipped
12. Turn when brown.
finished shrimp
13. Remove from oil.
shrimp being placed on cooling rack.
14. Place on cooling rack
three coconut shrimp topped with spicy apricot sauce
15. Drizzle with spicy apricot sauce.

CREATING THE SAUCE

  1. In a small saucepan on medium heat add apricot preserve, honey and hot sauce.
  2. Stir the sauce as it heats up.
  3. Once the sauce starts to bubble, stir and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and set aside for dipping.
Apricot Preserves
Honey
Hot Sauce
mixing apricot preserves, honey and hot sauce together.
Mix until bubbling.
pouring finished sauce.
Pour into bowl after 2-3 minutes of bubbling.
drizzling finished sauce on coconut shrimp.
Drizzly on Coconut Shrimp.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

  • Stay by your frying pan while the shrimp is cooking. They will brown quickly.
  • Use fresh oil for best results when frying.
  • Add more hot sauce if you want more spice in the dipping sauce.

OTHER DIPPING SAUCE OPTIONS

  • Sriracha mixed with mayonnaise
  • Ketchup and mustard sauce
  • Hot sauce with avocado and sour cream
  • Curry and yogurt sauce.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the benefits of Coconut?

Coconut can aid in  digestion, help with weight loss and improve your heart health.

Can you bake or air fry coconut shrimp?

You could either bake or air fry coconut shrimp. I would skip the beer batter portion and just dip it in an egg wash instead. And then proceed with coconut flour mixture.

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three coconut shrimp topped with spicy apricot sauce

Crispy Coconut Shrimp with Spicy Apricot Dipping Sauce

Looking for the perfect appetizer for yourself or the party? When you make crispy coconut shrimp with spicy apricot dipping sauce you won’t be disappointed. This crispy coconut shrimp is made with a beer batter, dipped in coconut and fried to perfection. The dipping sauce is the perfect finisher. It’s simpler to make than you think and tastier to eat than you can even imagine!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 1671 kcal

Equipment

  • Skillet
  • Baking sheet
  • 3 mixing bowls
  • Cooling rack

Ingredients
  

For coconut shrimp

  • 1 lb. Jumbo prawns peeled and deveined with tails on
  • 2 ½ cups All -purpose flour divided
  • 1 tsp. Cornstarch
  • 1 egg
  • 12 oz. Amber ale beer
  • 1 c. Sweetened Shredded coconut
  • 2 ½ c. Canola oil
  • 2 tsp. Onion powder
  • 2 tsp. Kosher salt

For Spicy Apricot dipping sauce

  • 3 tbsp. Apricot preserve
  • 1 tbsp. Honey
  • 2 tsp. Hot Sauce

Instructions
 

For Coconut Shrimp

  • Begin by butterflying your shrimp.
  • Peel the main portion of the shrimp keeping the tail on
  • Take a small paring knife and slightly cut down the back of the shrimp. Make sure that you do not cut all the way through so that the shrimp stays intact.
  • Lay the shrimp flat so that the tail folds over. Season with onion powder and salt.
  • To make the beer batter a. Add flour, eggs, cornstarch and into a medium sized mixing bowl and whisk. Slowly add in beer. Whisk the mixture until it is a smooth consistency.
  • On a sheet pan mixed together flour and coconut.
  • In a cast iron skillet add canola oil and heat to 365° f.
  • While your oil is heating up, prepare your shrimp. Dredge the shrimp in flour, batter and coconut flour.
  • Once your oil is hot, slowly place shrimp in the oil with the tail folded.
  • Monitor your shrimp, flip once it is golden brown. This will take only 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove shrimp in place on a cooling rack.
  • Drizzle shrimp with apricot sauce or any other sauce and enjoy while it’s hot.

Make the sauce

  • In a small saucepan on medium heat add apricot preserve, honey and hot sauce.
  • Stir the sauce as it heats up.
  • Once the sauce starts to bubble, stir and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and set aside for dipping.

Notes

Monitor your shrimp while it is cooking. It will brown quickly
Fresh oil is best when frying.
Add more hot sauce for more spice in the dipping sauce

Nutrition

Serving: 4gCalories: 1671kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 3gFat: 170gSaturated Fat: 30gPolyunsaturated Fat: 42gMonounsaturated Fat: 95gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 1197mgPotassium: 253mgFiber: 3gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 86IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Quick & Easy, Sauce
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By on June 25th, 2022

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3 thoughts on “Crispy Coconut Shrimp with Spicy Apricot Dipping Sauce”

  1. 5 stars
    I don’t know which I loved best – the coconut shrimp or the dipping sauce! They fit together beautifully and I will definitely be making this recipe again and again!

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