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Air fryer coconut shrimp served with a sweet chili sauce
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Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

This Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp recipe is like your favorite restaurant style version but only healthier because I skip the heavy oil and deep frying method
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 304kcal
Author Yumna Jawad

Ingredients

  • 1 pound shrimp raw, large, peeled and deveined with tails attached
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Cooking spray
  • Sweet chili sauce for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 360°F. When heated, spray the basket with cooking spray.
  • Combine the flour, salt and pepper in one shallow bowl. Whisk the eggs in a second shallow bowl. Then combine the shredded coconut and panko breadcrumbs in a third shallow bowl.
  • Dip the shrimp into the flour mixture, shaking off any excess. Then dredge the shrimp into the eggs, and finally into the coconut panko mixture, gently pressing to adhere.
  • Place the coconut shrimp in the air fryer so they are not touching, and spray the top of the shrimp. Cook for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley, and serve immediately with sweet chili sauce, if desired.

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Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last up to 3 days in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave, in a skillet with a little olive oil, or in an air fryer before serving.
Freezing Instructions: You can freeze the coconut shrimp for up to 3 months. Cool them completely then store them in an airtight bag after. To re-heat, thaw in the fridge overnight and bake in a 350°F oven until heated through.
Equipment: I use the Skinnytaste by Vremi Air Fryer to make this recipe. It's easy to use with guides on the appliance, easy to clean up and I've been very happy with the results!
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.
  • Instead of the eggs, you can use flax eggs. Replace each egg with 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes before dredging the shrimp in it. You can also use low-fat buttermilk.
  • Instead of all-purpose flour, you can use almond flour or coconut flour.
  • If you prefer not to use breadcrumbs, you can just use the shredded coconut, although they will not be as crispy on the outside.
Nutritional Data: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use. 

Nutrition

Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 368mg | Sodium: 1237mg | Potassium: 216mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 4mg