One of America’s all time favorite appetizers for any occasion is coconut shrimp – am I wrong? Unless, of course, you’re allergic to seafood or don’t like shrimp and/or you don’t favor coconut (what!!). If you fall in either of these two categories, you may as well click out now. Me, I love both and have tried many coconut shrimps in all kinds of places. Naturally, it’s best eaten near the seashore, sipping a fruity concoction (preferably without a pastel umbrella) beneath swaying palms, the warmth of the sun and gentle sea breezes caressing your skin. *sigh*
There really are no bad days at the beach but, sadly, we can’t all have that every day, so I’ve created an easy recipe that can take you there in about 30 minutes… just add wine, or a Mai Tai, sans umbrella.
“Twice the Coconut Shrimp” is included in my early recipes here on She’s Cookin’ – it was equally delicious as this version, but it was fried and the photo definitely reflects how far I’ve come in this food blogging journey. Today’s version is also a double Coconut Shrimp, meaning the shrimp is dipped in liquified coconut oil instead of the standard egg wash, followed by panko (Japanese bread crumbs) and organic unsweetened shredded coconut.
The baked shrimp was a perfect golden brown with the requisite crispness and crunchy texture that panko never fails to achieve. Being a lover of all things coconut – it was definitely coconutty and the orange and Serrano chile sauce imparted just the right amount of sweet heat and burst of citrus to complement the crustacean. It’s a virtual party in your mouth that will have you and your guests reaching for another, then another, and another… until they’re all gone.
- 1 pound large shrimp 12-15 shrimp per pound
- 2 tablespoons [LouAna|http://www.louana.com/default.aspx} Coconut Oil
- 2/3 cup Panko bread crumbs
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- juice and zest of one orange
- about 1/2 cup juice and 1 teaspoon zest
- 1 tablespoon sweet chile sauce or orange marmalade*
- 1/2 teaspoon diced red serrano chile about half a chile
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut aminos*
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with oil.
Remove the peel from the shrimp, leaving the tail intact, de-vein if necessary. Rinse under cold water. Drain, pat dry with paper towels. Cut lengthwise to butterfly shrimp.
Warm coconut oil in a glass bowl for 20 seconds in the microwave to liquify. Mix the panko bread crumbs, cayenne pepper and curry powder.
Holding the shrimp by their tails, dip first into the coconut oil, then in the panko mix to lightly coat, then, roll in the coconut. Be careful not to overcoat or you could end up with mushy shrimp. Lay the shrimp on its side on your prepared baking sheet.
Place baking sheet on the middle rack and bake for 15 minutes, or until coating is golden brown. Turn the shrimp halfway through baking.
* I used an Orange Carrot Marmalade bought at the farmers market. Mango or apricot can be substituted. Coconut Aminos are a low sodium, no soy substitute for soy sauce. Low sodium soy sauce can be substituted.
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