Easiest Coconut Shrimp

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You have just come across the tastiest and easiest coconut shrimp recipe. This appetizer is so simple to make, and a must for the Holidays. If you celebrate feast of the seven fishes, this recipe could also be a wonderful addition. The subtle sweetness from the coconut combined with the crunchiness of the breadcrumbs is amazing.

Easiest Coconut Shrimp

You have just come across the tastiest and easiest coconut shrimp recipe. The subtle sweetness from the coconut combined with the crunchiness of the breadcrumbs is amazing.
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Servings: 3
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes


Wet Batter:

  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • generous pinch of salt


  • 1 cup coconut flakes or shredded , you can use sweetened or unsweetened, shredded or flakes
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs

Remaining Ingredients:

  • 340 grams (25/30 count) large peeled and deveined Tiger shrimp
  • avocado oil , enough to cover the bottom of the pan for shallow frying
  • sweet Thai chilli sauce for dipping, or any sauce you like


  • In a bowl, add the egg and water, mix. Add the flour and salt, mix again. If the batter is too thick you can thin it out with a touch more water.
  • In a separate bowl mix the coconut and breadcrumbs.
  • Make sure the shrimp is thawed, peeled, devained and patted dry with a paper towel.
  • Dip each one into the wet batter, shaking off the excess batter and then dip and coat them into the coconut mixture.
  • If you are feeling lazy like me, I added all the shrimp into the wet batter and coated them so I don’t have to add them in one by one.
  • As I bread them, I place them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Go over to the stove and add any high-smoke point oil you like. I used avocado oil. I added enough to cover the bottom of my pan fully (about a 1/2 inch of oil in the bottom of my pan).
  • Turn the heat to high and get the oil hot, you should start to see it shimmer. When you place in the shrimp, it should sizzle. Reduce the heat to medium and shallow fry them in batches for about 2 minutes on each side or until golden.
  • Place the fried shrimp onto a plate lined with paper towel to drain out the excess oil.
  • Serve immediately while hot with sweet Thai chilli sauce or anything you like.


These are meant to be served immediately. If you don’t have time to serve them immediately you can make them the same day and quickly crisp them up in the air-fryer for about a minute or so but you may overcook the shrimp that way.
You can use any dipping sauce you enjoy.
Feel free to add more seasoning to the batter if you wish.
You can use sweetened or unsweetened coconut. I used sweetened. You can also use shredded or flaked.
Make sure the oil is hot when you place in the shrimp because you don’t want the batter to absorb all of that oil.
You can test to see if the oil is hot by placing the tip of a wooden spoon, if it bubbles, it’s ready.
I used large Tiger shrimp but you can use any.
If you don’t like shrimp, you can cube chicken breast into small pieces and use that instead. You may need to cook it a touch longer.
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Hi! I'm Sneji. Nice to meet you!

I am more commonly known as “The Modern Nonna” on social media where I create easy home cooked meals with a modern twist. I was born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria and learned how to cook at the best culinary school in the world – my grandma’s kitchen. I lived in Greece on the Island of Crete with my parents for a while and then moved to Toronto, Canada when I was in grade 5. I started to really cook and experiment with food 11 years ago when I was 21 years old. Everything I currently know is a reflection of some part of my life…

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