Coconut Shrimp With a Kick - Baked or Fried

Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 0 mins

The yummy coconut shrimp you love with a touch of cayenne to liven things up! The tropical goodness of the coconut really adds a nice touch here. I have found these in Southern (tropical) parts of the USA but they are indicative of any tropical local such as parts of Asia, Hawaii, the Caribbean and so on. Two sets of directions allow you choose whether to bake or fry.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine cornstarch, salt and cayenne in a shallow dish.
  2. Beat egg whites in a mixing bowl until stiff peaks form.
  3. Place coconut in a zipper bag or on a plate.
  4. Make a slit down inner curve of shrimp and press lightly to flatten shrimp.
  5. Coat shrimp with cornstarch mixture.
  6. Holding each shrimp by the tail dip in egg mixture.
  7. Coat shrimp with coconut.
  8. To FRY: in hot oil (375°F) fry shrimp a few at a time for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes on each side- or until golden brown- don't overcook! Drain on paper towels or a clean brown paper bag.
  9. To BAKE: in a 450°F oven bake shrimp on a lightly oiled baking sheet for 12-14 minutes or until brown turning once.
Most Helpful

Amazing! We managed to get our oil too hot and burn the first two so we switched oil, cooled the pan, and improvised. We fried until almost done then out of the oil, onto a cookie sheet, and into the oven for a bit. They still had that fried taste without the greasy texture. Very fabulous, thanks!!

RaeMay November 12, 2010

I made this was really very good.....but I used the baking method, and the shrimp were rather bland looking. The edges of the coconut were almost burned and the rest of it stayed white. It just didn't have the color of fried shrimp that I expected. I did spray it with olive oil before baking, but it never got a good color. I certainly will try this again.......the shrimp were really good, but the next time I think I will fry them. I will review again when I do, although I don't think the recipe is the problem.......just that we are so used to eating shrimp fried and the color was very different. Also, the cayenne at first seemed not to be there, but after the first one, the flavor started building up and they had more spice than I expected. Very easy and like I said, I'll make these again. Donna

donnie27 May 27, 2010

Great coconut shrimp! Great directions. I baked the shrimp and served them with Coconut Lime Rice. Great dinner! Made for ZWT 5.

susie cooks June 01, 2009