Air-Fryer Coconut Shrimp

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Makes

2 servings

Updated: Jan. 09, 2024
Panko crumbs give this spicy air-fryer coconut shrimp its crunch. It’s perfect as an appetizer or for your main meal. — Debi Mitchell, Flower Mound, Texas

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound uncooked large shrimp
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 tablespoons panko bread crumbs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • Dash Louisiana-style hot sauce
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/3 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • Dash crushed red pepper flakes

Directions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 375°. Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails on.
  2. In a shallow bowl, toss coconut with bread crumbs. In another shallow bowl, whisk egg whites, salt, pepper and hot sauce. Place flour in a third shallow bowl.
  3. Dip shrimp in flour to coat lightly; shake off excess. Dip in egg white mixture, then in coconut mixture, patting to help coating adhere.
  4. Place shrimp in a single layer on greased tray in air-fryer basket. Cook 4 minutes; turn shrimp and continue cooking until coconut is lightly browned and shrimp turn pink, about 4 minutes longer.
  5. Meanwhile, combine sauce ingredients in a small saucepan; cook and stir over medium-low heat until preserves are melted. Serve shrimp immediately with sauce.
Air-Fryer Coconut Shrimp Tips

Can you use frozen shrimp to make air-fryer coconut shrimp?

Frozen shrimp can be used, but they must be thawed first since the flour, egg and coconut will not adhere when the shrimp is frozen. You can choose whether you want to remove the tails or leave them on. Since coconut shrimp is a finger food, the tail can be the perfect place to hold onto them as you dip them in the apricot sauce.

Can you make air-fryer coconut shrimp gluten-free?

By simply substituting coconut flour or white rice flour for the all-purpose flour, air-fryer coconut shrimp can be made gluten-free. While most brands of coconut are gluten-free, check the package to confirm before purchasing.

How can you make sure the air-fryer coconut shrimp are crispy?

Crispness for air-fryer coconut shrimp is a must. Before starting, pat the shrimp dry to ensure the coating will stick. Air-frying the shrimp in smaller batches will allow enough hot air to circulate around them to create a crisp exterior. If the basket is crowded, the shrimp will be unevenly cooked and may not be crisp on all sides. Check out more of our best air-fryer cooking tips to guarantee a perfect result.

Catherine Ward, Taste of Home Prep Kitchen Manager

Nutrition Facts

6 shrimp with 2 tablespoons sauce: 423 calories, 10g fat (8g saturated fat), 138mg cholesterol, 440mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein.