- 1-1/2 pounds uncooked large shrimp
- 1-1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
- 4 large egg whites
- 3 dashes Louisiana-style hot sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup apricot preserves
- 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Preheat oven to 425°. Place a wire rack on each of two baking sheets; coat racks with cooking spray. Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails on.
- In a shallow bowl, toss coconut with bread crumbs; remove half of the mixture and reserve. In another shallow bowl, whisk egg whites, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Place flour in a third shallow bowl.
- Dip shrimp in flour to coat lightly; shake off excess. Dip in egg white mixture, then in coconut mixture, patting to help coating adhere. Refresh coconut mixture in bowl with reserved mixture as needed.
- Place shrimp on racks of prepared pans. Bake 5-6 minutes on each side or until coconut is lightly browned and shrimp turn pink.
- Meanwhile, combine sauce ingredients in a small saucepan; cook and stir over medium-low heat until preserves are melted. Serve shrimp with sauce. Yield: 6 servings.
Light-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.
Reviews for Baked Coconut Shrimp & Apricot Sauce
"This was delicious and the sauce was fantastic--If/when I make it again I would probably buy jumbo shrimp instead of large because some of them wanted to fall through the wire racks and it took forever to do the coating process--I think jumbo shrimp would quicken the process but they were great"
"THIS SOUNDS YUMMALICIOUS TO ME. I'll be making it for hubby&me. I'll report back when making or made."
"Delicious, addictive recipe! I only had 1 lb of shrimp so made some adjustments. It is time consuming to put together, but well worth it. I didn't use the oven method, just fried the shrimp in two batches of EVOO, which took only 1 - 2 minutes per batch. Also used Thai Sweet chili Sauce for dipping instead. We LOVED this recipe and will definitely make for many years to come!"
"These were really tasty but they didn't brown well and looked a little unappetizing."
"Really good. I did add a bit of rice wine vinegar and let it simmer for quite a while to bring out the flavor of the red pepper flakes. I did use pre-cooked shrimp and baked for the same time as the recipe called for."
"The only thing I would have done differently is made more."
"Wow! Very easy to make. Made the sauce with raspberry preserves."
"Wow! Easiest Coconut Shrimp ever! Tasty too! I made my sauce with a little peach nectar, apricot preserves and hot sauce. I wasn't in the mood for the tang of cider vinegar."