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Coconut Fried Shrimp Recipe
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Coconut Fried Shrimp Recipe

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These crisp and crunchy shrimp make a tempting appetizer or a fun change-of-pace main dish. The coconut coating adds a little sweetness...and the tangy orange marmalade and honey sauce is great for dipping. It's impossible to stop munching these once you start! -Ann Atchison, O'Fallon, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups cornstarch
  • 6-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1-1/2 cups cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon canola oil
  • 2-1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 pound uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Additional oil for deep-fat frying
  • 1 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/4 cup honey


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Stir in water and oil until smooth. Place coconut in another bowl. Dip shrimp into batter, then coat with coconut.
  2. In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry shrimp, a few at a time, for 3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  3. In a small saucepan, heat marmalade and honey; stir until blended. Serve with shrimp. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Coconut Fried Shrimp in Taste of Home February/March 2002, p29

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

I made this recipe last night and it was a hit. My 20 year old son and his girlfriend loves it. I only used 3/4 cup of of cornstarch because I ran out but added more flour to make it thicker. The batter turned out nice and crunchy. Tasty light supper!

Reviewed Aug. 1, 2012

These were the best ever. I thought the batter was going to be to thick but followed it just like others said and it turned out so crunchy. The sauce was the best. Didn't think i'd like the sauce but had some orange maralade in the fridge from another recipe so gave it a try, was the best.

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

This is one of my favorite recipes for a special occasion & is a main stay for Christmas eve at my home (we celebrate with the 7 fishes). A nice change from the same old shrimp cocktail. I add extra cajun spice to the flour mixture and add a cup of pineapple preserves & a teaspoon of dijon mustard to the orange marmalade to the dipping sauce...I leave out the honey. Just our preference. Wow! Everyone looks forward to they are so fast & it makes any party seem special...the room gets quiet with crunching...listen to the oohs and aah's!

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2010

i loved the recipe! it was excellent! cooked it for a friend's birthday and it was a pleaser :) this recipe is a keeper. i used sweet and sour sauce and added some jamaican seasoning to it for a bit of a kick.

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2010

We were blown away with this recipe! My husband loves coconut so I knew he would like this. I have tried other coconut shrimp recipes, but this one had a thicker batter which stayed on and held the coconut. I fried the shrimp in a fryer on the stove and I could not have asked it to be any better. Will definitely use again and often.

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