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Baked Coconut Shrimp

This appetizer of baked coconut shrimp is a fun, crunchy and delicious!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Seafood
Keyword baked coconut shrimp
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 44 shrimp
Calories 120kcal

Ingredients

Apricot Sauce

  • 1/2 cup apricot jam
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard heaping
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish prepared, heaping

Shrimp Coating

  • 1 cup coconut shredded
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/16 teaspoon chipotle powder a pinch

Dip it in

  • 1 egg

The Main Event

  • 1 pound shrimp frozen or fresh, thawed, peeled and deveined
  • olive oil misted on the shrimp to help brown them (or some other mister like PAM

Instructions

Start on the Sauce

  • Add apricot jam, mustard, soy sauce and horseradish in a mixing bowl and whisk until combined.  Transfer apricot sauce to a small bowl and set aside
  • Preheat oven to 400 F and line a jelly roll pan with parchment paper
  • In a shallow bowl, add shredded coconut, panko bread crumbs, salt and chipotle powder
  • In another shallow bowl, add flour
  • Crack the egg in a bowl and whisk until combined
  • Place shrimp in the flour and coat both sides of each shrimp.  I usually keep the shrimp in the bowl after they are floured until all of them are done
  • Dip each piece of shrimp in the egg and dredge them into the panko/coconut mixture, making sure both sides of the shrimp are coated.  Place each shrimp on the pan
  • Spritze the shrimp lightly with an oil mister
  • Place pan in the oven and set timer for 8 minutes
  • Flip shrimp and bake for 2 more minutes
  • Place baked coconut shrimp on a platter
  • Serve
  • Pick up a shrimp, dip in the apricot sauce and eat
  • Smile
  • Enjoy

Notes

Helpful tips
  • Make the apricot sauce first and leave it on the counter so it stays at room temperature
    You can use large fresh shrimp or frozen, for some reason I prefer frozen
    If you use frozen shrimp, you can run cold water over it to hasten the thawing process
    Make sure to remove the shells as well as the tails and devein it

Nutrition

Serving: 5shrimp | Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 18mg | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.4mg