Faux Fried Coconut Shrimp


It looks like fried shrimp. It tastes like fried shrimp. But it's actually oven baked, so it has fewer fat grams and is less messy to make.


Light Fried Coconut Shrimp
1.5 lbs large raw shrimp (21-25 count)
2 egg whites
1/4 C cornstarch
1 T Caribbean jerk seasoning
1 C sweetened flaked coconut
1 C Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1 t paprika
Honey-Mustard Sauce

Preheat oven to 425. Place a wire rack coated with cooking spray on a jelly roll pan. I used one of my cookie cooling racks.


Take your gorgeous big shrimp and peel them, leaving the tails on. (Devein if desired. I didn't bother.)

Coconut Shrimp collage

Now you need three bowls. In the first, mix together the cornstarch and jerk seasoning. In the second, whisk the egg whites until they are foamy. In the third, stir together the coconut, Panko (light-as-air breadcrumbs), and paprika.

One at a time, grasp a shrimp by the tail and drege in the cornstarch mixture, then the egg white, then the coconut mixture. (When you do the coconut and Panko dip, press gently.)

Before placing each shrimp on the rack, spray lightly with cooking spray. This is the trick to the browned, crunchy shrimp (that are actually baked and lower in fat!).


They are ready to go.

Bake at 425 for 10-12 minutes, turning after 8 minutes to brown the other side.


I love how shrimp turn pink when you cook them. Aren't they gorgeous?

(Recipe is from Southern Living's May 2010 issue.)

For easy Honey-Mustard sauce I mix together equal parts Emeril's Kicked Up Horseradish Mustard (which I've recommended before) and honey. It's the perfect tangy-sweet dipping sauce for your low-fat "fried" coconut shrimp.

Add a tossed salad and some corn on the cob, you have a picture perfect summer meal.

YUM. Happy Monday!

Visit Rachel for more awesome recipes.


mudmama said...

Love it! This is right up my alley. I love coconut fried shrimp, but don't usually induldge because I like to eat low-fat. This sounds great!

Rebecca at Toothwhale said...

These look amazingly delicious. It was freeing to read that you didn't bother with deveining because the last time I cooked with shrimp, that process was long and tedious and sort of spoiled the fun of eating the shrimp for me. Thanks for sharing this.

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

UM delish! I love love coconut shrimp. I will have to try this! (or forward this to my husband...tee hee)

mo.stoneskin said...

"It looks like fried shrimp. It tastes like fried shrimp"


But it's actually just baked potato.

April@The 21st Century Housewife said...

Those shrimp look absolutely delicious - and what a great idea to oven bake them. Yummy and kind of healthy - that's my kind of recipe! Thanks for sharing.

Michelle Smiles said...

Looks great! Hubby won't eat coconut but I could do half with and half with just panko.

Amy said...

mudmama - This was easy and it turned out really great. Just the mess of frying in hot oil is something nice to avoid, not to mention the health aspect!

Rebecca - I never devein. I might buy them deveined, but I don't have room in my life for deveining shrimp!

Jamie - Yes, do press hubby into service on this one. He'll love it.

mo - you crack me up.

April - Thanks for stopping over!

Michelle - I don't understand people who don't like coconut. I LOVE coconut!! But you could skip it and this would work just fine.

Rachel said...

I love coconut shrimp but, I rarely make it and I don't know why but I almost never bake rather than fry..
I need to!
YUM YUM YUM! {that is all}

Liz Mays said...

Yes, the oven is the way to do it! I don't do anything fried anymore. Actually, did I ever fry anything to begin with?

Red Shoes said...

Dayum... that looks GOOD!!!!!

I will have to try that!! :o)


The Urban Cowboy said...

I always get hungry when I visit! Love the recipes you share.

Melinda said...

I love finding a low-fat baked versions of my favorites! Thanks for sharing!

Momo Fali said...

That looks and sounds fantastic! I have a prescription from my allergist to go get blood-work to see if I'm allergic to shellfish (I haven't had any since December) and I keep putting it off because I'm so scared they'll tell me I can't eat shrimp anymore!

Blog Designed by: NW Designs