Chef Lin's Coconut Shrimp

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is a wonderful sweet and creamy shrimp dish. It makes a great appetizer for a seafood dinner of steamed crab legs and lobster. I (Bird) created this recipe (that I was Inspired by) from a buffet item at Chef Lin's Chinese Buffet in Chattanooga, TN. At Chef Lin's I would grab this up by the bowlful. :)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan or wok over medium-high heat. Saute the shrimp for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add green onion and CAREFULLY add the amaretto. Cook 1-2 minutes more until shrimp begins to caramelize.
  3. Remove the shrimp from the pan and set aside. Add heavy cream, coconut milk, and sugar to the pan. Simmer on medium, stirring occasionally, until it begins to thicken and is reduced by half (about 5-8 minutes).
  4. Add shrimp back into pan along with the coconut and vanilla extracts. Simmer 1-2 more minutes and serve.
Most Helpful

Yummy recipe that satisfies the salty and sweet cravings perfectly. Plus, if you don't feel like cooking, go get it at Chef Lin. My favorite dish there.

Mallory N. June 30, 2015

This is my favorite dish at Chef Lin! My aunt and I would always eat here while traveling on business and this is what we always get! Super tasty. I highly recommend it!

caralyne June 29, 2015

I have been looking for a creamy shrimp recipe, this one fit the bill! I know it is horrible to rate something great when you change it, but it was minor. We do not drink or cook with alcohol so I subed 1/4 tsp non alcohol almond extract for the 1 TLBS amaretto. It ended up a little sweet for me so I added a couple of turns from a salt grinder. also make sure you shake up the can of coconut milk before opening, mine separated. The end result was wonderful! I will be making this again!

wishbear80_8198690 June 09, 2015