Coconut Shrimp

Drum roll please…..the winner of the next recipe poll that I asked on my Facebook Fan Page…COCONUT SHRIMP!! :) You asked for it, now here it is! I love, love, love coconut shrimp. In fact anything that reminds me of a tropical getaway or a summer night is perfect in my book. Just put on some Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Bob Marley, or any steel drum band and I am in my own personal heaven. Now where did I put my piña colada? This recipe reminds me of my rehearsal dinner at Breezes by the Bay in Grand Cayman. I had the best coconut shrimp that I have ever tasted that night and I vowed that I would recreate this amazingly tropical dish. This recipe comes close to recreating the experience, although I do not have the spectacular view of the Caribbean Sea and trade winds blowing through my hair.

My Husband Andrew and I at our rehearsal dinner at Breezes By the Bay, Grand Cayman.

Coconut Shrimp

Yield: 6 servings


1 egg
½ cup all-purpose flour
⅔ cup beer (Blue Moon is best!)
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ cup flaked coconut
2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon salt
Dash of cayenne pepper
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 cups flaked coconut
24 shrimp
3 cups oil for frying
1/2 cup orange marmalade
2 teaspoons mustard
1 teaspoon horseradish
dash salt
drizzle of honey to taste


In medium bowl, combine egg, flour, beer, baking powder, 1/2 cup coconut, sugar, and salt. Cover tightly and chill batter overnight.
Place flour and 2 cups of coconut in two separate bowls. Hold shrimp by tail, and dredge in flour, shaking off excess flour. Dip in beer batter; allow excess to drip off. Roll shrimp in coconut, and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Refrigerate for one hour.

Heat oil to 350 degrees F in a deep-fryer or medium-sized pot.
In a small bowl combine orange marmalade, mustard, horseradish, salt, and honey. Set aside. Serve as dipping sauce for coconut shrimp.
Fry shrimp in batches: cook, turning once, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Using tongs, remove shrimp to paper towels to drain. Serve warm with dipping sauce.

Source: adapted from

9 Responses to “Coconut Shrimp”

  1. #
    Pat Lamneck — August 3, 2010 @ 10:49 am

    Shrimp is on sale at the grocery store this week buy one get one free! Your picture makes me excited to make this dish. I wish I was in Cayman Islands, it’s beautiful!

    • Christina replied: — August 3rd, 2010 @ 9:28 pm

      Looks like you know what you are making for dinner this week! Hahaha…let me know how it turns out, I hope you enjoy them!

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    Allison — August 3, 2010 @ 11:48 am

    Holy cow these look delicious! I love how golden brown they are. I wish I had some right now!

    • Christina replied: — August 3rd, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

      Thank you! They are pretty delicious…I love coconut shrimp.

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