Coconut shrimp makes a great appetizer, or even a main dish. It's sure to impress your guests! You can easily make coconut shrimp for an intimate dinner or a large party.
Ingredients and supplies:
- 20 raw shrimp, peeled- thaw if using frozen shrimp
- 2 cups of flour
- 3 cups of shredded coconut
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup of cream
- 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons of salt
- Several cups of canola oil
- 3 bowls
- Wax paper
- Large pan
- Slotted spoon
- Paper towels
Get the coatings ready. In one bowl, mix the flour, salt, and pepper together. In the second bowl, mix the cream and eggs. Fill the third bowl with shredded coconut. Save out half of the coconut to add to the bowl after you've coated half of the shrimp.
Coat the shrimp. Dip each shrimp into the flour mixture, then the egg mixture, then the shredded coconut, making sure they get well coated at each step. Be sure not to miss any parts of the shrimp. It is easiest to coat the shrimp when holding them by the tail. Set each finished shrimp on a piece of wax paper until you finish all of them and are ready to begin frying.
Fry the shrimp. In a large pot, heat the oil to about 350 degrees, which is usually medium-high on the stovetop. There should be about 3 inches of oil in the bottom of the pot. Then carefully drop the shrimp into the oil, frying each for about 2 to 3 minutes, turning once. Stand back, because the oil can splatter, especially when you drop each shrimp into the hot oil. Don't be surprised when the coconut coating turns brown; it will toast in the oil. Don't try to fry them all at once, but do it in small batches.
Finish the coconut shrimp. Once the shrimp are golden brown, remove them from the oil using a slotted spoon, and place them on paper towels to drain. Be careful when placing the shrimp in the oil or taking them out; the oil is very hot and may splatter. Discard the leftover oil when you're done.
If you love ordering coconut shrimp in a restaurant, why not try making it at home? Coconut shrimp is easy to make, and is a delicious appetizer. It takes just a few minutes and a short list of ingredients to make this exotic treat. You can adjust the recipe to make more or less shrimp depending on the occasion.