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Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

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Air fryer coconut shrimp is perfect for an appetizer or part of your main meal. The batter gets crispy without the use of a deep fryer and it pairs perfectly with the homemade sweet and sour sauce. 

air fryer coconut shrimp

If you’re looking for something easy and delicious to make in the air fryer, this air fryer coconut shrimp is it! It’s easy to assemble and the shrimp is flavorful with the coconut breading and the homemade sweet and sour sauce makes the perfect dipping sauce.

air fryer coconut shrimp

This also works great as part of a main meal, paired with your favorite side dish.

air fryer coconut shrimp

What is coconut shrimp?

As the title suggests, it’s a dish using shrimp and coconut as the main ingredients. The shrimp is coated in a batter containing coconut and air fried to crispy perfection.

air fryer coconut shrimp

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • A healthier way to serve coconut shrimp without deep frying
  • Perfect as an appetizer or part of a main meal
  • Perfect for families or gatherings
  • A unique way to prepare shrimp
air fryer coconut shrimp

Ingredients

What you’ll need to make this recipe.

  • Raw shrimp
  • Eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • Cornstarch
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Granulated sugar
  • Ketchup
  • White vinegar
  • Water
air fryer coconut shrimp ingredients

How to make this recipe

Homemade sweet and sour sauce

1 -In a saucepan over medium high heat, combine all the sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn off the heat and let it sit.

air fryer coconut shrimp ingredients

Coconut Shrimp

1 – In 3 separate bowls, whisk the eggs in one bowl, mix the flour and cornstarch in another bowl, and mix the coconut and panko bread crumbs in the third bowl.

air fryer coconut shrimp ingredients

2 – Dip the shrimp in the flour and cornstarch bowl, then the egg wash bowl, and then finally in the panko coconut bowl. 

air fryer coconut shrimp ingredients

3 – Place battered shrimp in air fryer basket and spray with oil. Cook on 390 degrees for 7 minutes.

air fryer coconut shrimp
air fryer coconut shrimp

How do I store leftover coconut shrimp?

Allow shrimp to cool to room temperature. Place shrimp in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

air fryer coconut shrimp

Can I freeze leftover coconut shrimp?

Yes, place shrimp in freezer safe container or bag, and freeze for up to 2 months.

To reheat, cook for 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven, or until shrimp reaches a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees.

How do I store leftover sweet and sour sauce?

Place the cooled sauce in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

air fryer coconut shrimp

Please Note

Different air fryer brands may cook at different rates, so be sure to keep on eye on your food so it doesn’t burn.

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Calories per serving (approximately 6 shrimp and 4 tbsp of sauce): 348

Yield: 4 Servings

Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

coconut shrimp being held

Air fryer coconut shrimp is perfect for an appetizer or part of your main meal. The batter gets crispy without the use of a deep fryer.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes

Ingredients

For Sauce

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp chili oil, optional for heat

For Shrimp

  • 1 lb of shrimp, peeled to the tail, raw
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup of panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions

For Sauce

1. In a saucepan over medium high heat, combine all the sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Once it coes to a boil, turn off the heat and let it sit.

For Shrimp

1. In 3 separate bowls, whisk the eggs in one bowl, mix the flour and cornstarch in another bowl, and mix the coconut and panko bread crumbs in the third bowl.

2. Dip the shrimp in the flour and cornstarch bowl, then the egg wash bowl, and then finally in the panko coconut bowl.

3. Place battered shrimp in air fryer basket and spray with oil. Cook on 390° for 7 minutes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 348Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 235mgSodium: 993mgCarbohydrates: 98gFiber: 5gSugar: 20gProtein: 30g

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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