Coconut Shrimp with Mango Dipping Sauce

Coconut Shrimp with Mango Dipping Sauce

I am so excited to share this coconut shrimp recipe with you today. You may remember me talking about the Christmas Eve traditions in my mom’s family. My grandma always adhered to the Italian “seven fishes” tradition, and for a long time she made all of the old-time fish: eel, smelts, baccalà, calamari, etc. We were, without a doubt, the best-smelling family at midnight Mass (total sarcasm there!). Not many of us really like all of those different types of fish, so over the last few years we began revamping our menu so that expensive seafood isn’t wasted. We played around with crab legs for a couple of years, but then found a crab cakes recipe that everyone loved. In addition, this coconut shrimp has become a menu mainstay. Everyone goes crazy for it; there would be a revolt if it wasn’t made!

Coconut Shrimp with Mango Dipping Sauce

I love this coconut shrimp recipe because it’s so easy to prepare and the frying takes mere minutes. While we’ve all been thrilled with this shrimp for a few years now, the one thing that has been missing is an equally impressive dipping sauce. The coconut shrimp I’ve eaten in restaurants is routinely served with some sort of spicy fruit marmalade. The best I’ve had was at the Outer Banks Brewing Station, where they served a mango-jalapeño salsa alongside their coconut shrimp. I’ve tried a number of store-bought sauces and salsas, but haven’t been overly pleased with any of them. This mango dipping sauce is the perfect accompaniment – it’s sweet, and just spicy enough (although you can adjust the hot sauce if you prefer it more spicy).

Even though our family makes this dish a Christmas tradition, it’s certainly a fabulous summer dish. It reminds me of sitting in Florida at open-air restaurants, enjoying the breeze. Whether you make it a summer tradition, holiday tradition, or an everyday tradition, you’ll be sure to love this!

Coconut Shrimp with Mango Dipping Sauce

One year ago: Grandma’s Ambrosia Salad
Two years ago: Roasted Banana Ice Cream
Three years ago: Buttermilk Biscuits
Four years ago: Cobb Salad
Five years ago: Instant Pancake Mix

Coconut Shrimp with Mango Dipping Sauce

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

A recipe for Coconut Shrimp, served alongside a spicy mango dipping sauce.

Ingredients:

For the Shrimp:
1 pound extra-large shrimp (21 to 25 count), peeled and deveined
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon ground white pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon table salt
¼ teaspoon sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon water
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 to 2 quarts vegetable oil, for frying

For the Mango Dipping Sauce:
1 cup frozen mango chunks, thawed
1 cup mayonnaise
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon lemon juice
6 to 8 drops Sriracha sauce (add more if you like it a bit more spicy)

Directions:

1. Make the Mango Dipping Sauce: Place all of the dipping sauce ingredients into a food processor or blender and process until completely smooth. Place in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve (will keep for 1 week).

2. Make the Shrimp: Whisk together the flour, spices, salt and sugar in a shallow dish or pie plate. Lightly beat the eggs with the water in another shallow dish. Combine the coconut and panko in a third shallow dish.

3. Heat the vegetable oil in a Dutch oven or other large pot over medium-high heat until it reaches 350 degrees.

4. Meanwhile, coat and bread the shrimp. Working with several shrimp at a time, drop them into the flour mixture and turn to coat. Shake the excess flour from the shrimp, then dip the shrimp into the eggs, turning to coat well, and allow the excess to drip off. Drop the shrimp into the coconut-panko mixture, and press the coconut lightly to adhere. Shake off any excess coconut and place the shrimp on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining shrimp.

5. When the oil reaches 350 degrees F, gently place half of the shrimp in the oil and fry, stirring frequently to prevent sticking, until golden, about 2 1/2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, spider, or tongs, transfer the shrimp to a wire cooling rack placed over a baking sheet and repeat with the remaining shrimp. Serve immediately, accompanied by the mango dipping sauce.

(Shrimp recipe adapted from Cook's Illustrated; Mango Dipping Sauce recipe adapted from The Cozy Apron)

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40 Responses to “Coconut Shrimp with Mango Dipping Sauce”

  1. LisaR @ Who Stole My Baby? on May 29, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Oh, this is good. I think I have all these ingredients, and my deep fryer is already primed from last night. It’s fate.

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  2. Meg on May 29, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Oh heavens this looks incredible!! Today I am posting a recipe with mango and coconut, it is such a perfect pairing! Its only breakfast time but golly I want shrimp! xx

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  3. miss messy on May 29, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Coconut shrimp is one of my all time favourite things to eat, ALthough I’ve never made it myself, i get a bit nervous around hot oil since i’m just so clumsy! This looks amazing.

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  4. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet on May 29, 2013 at 7:00 am

    I absolutely love shrimp! I bet the sauce is a great compliment to the flavor of the shrimp!

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  5. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen on May 29, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Michelle, LOVE this recipe! The shrimp look phenomenally tasty, but with your creamy, spicy-sweet dipping sauce? Over the moon! And, yes…sometimes Christmas traditions need to be tweaked when new favorites come along!

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  6. nessa on May 29, 2013 at 7:35 am

    That looks fabulous!

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  7. Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks on May 29, 2013 at 7:43 am

    These look fabulous!

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  8. Tracey on May 29, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Wow, your timing is perfect with this recipe! I’ve been dreaming of coconut shrimp for weeks and procrastinating over making it because I wasn’t sure which recipe to try. Problem solved :) I’ll be making this very soon!!

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  9. amanda @ fake ginger on May 29, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Oooh, coconut shrimp is my favorite! It looks fabulous!

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  10. Tieghan on May 29, 2013 at 8:51 am

    I love, love, love the mango dipping sauce!! It must go so well with the coconut shrimp!!

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  11. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) on May 29, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Love the mango with the coconut flavored shrimp!

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  12. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat on May 29, 2013 at 9:07 am

    OMG…this recipes sounds so amazing! Coconut shrimp and mango dipping sauce…my mouth is watering!!! :-)

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  13. Kathy on May 29, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Now I am craving coconut shrimp! It’s been ages since I have had it!

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  14. Marcie @ flavor the moments on May 29, 2013 at 9:52 am

    This looks like a terrific flavor combination. You can’t go wrong with coconut and mango! That shrimp looks so crunchy and delicious! This looks so good.

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  15. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough on May 29, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Oh I LOVE coconut shrimp! And that mango dipping sauce is calling my name!

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  16. RavieNomNoms on May 29, 2013 at 10:20 am

    I didn’t know it was possible to crave shrimp at 10am, but somehow you just managed to help me get there! haha! This looks awesome!

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  17. Mrs. Jeffries on May 29, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I made coconut shrimp yesterday! What a coincidence. Mine was a bit different… but not too different. I dip mine in an orange marmalade, jalepeno, pineapple sauce. Bring on the hot nights!

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  18. Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion on May 29, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Love these shrimp…. but I can’t get over the mango sauce… to many times we forget the dipping sauce!

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  19. Laura (Tutti Dolci) on May 29, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I love coconut shrimp but it’s that mango sauce I’m dreaming of!

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  20. Erin @ Brownie Bites on May 29, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I’m all over coconut shrimp, but I’ve never had a mango dipping sauce to dunk it in.. holy heck, that is genius!

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  21. Rayna on May 29, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    This is like the tropical vacations that I haven’t had yet in a dish! Can’t wait to try it this summer.

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  22. sara on May 29, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Yum! These shrimp look fantastic. Crispy and delicious! Love the dip. :)

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  23. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on May 29, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    These shrimp look so good!! Love the dipping sauce!

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  24. Kelly on May 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Ok, everything about this is a YES for me. A hollered-out-loud-so-everyone-can-hear YES! I love the mango sauce in particular! I wonder if you could grill the mango before you made the sauce, for a little smoky sweet flavor? I think that would be great on grilled shrimp, or even fish!

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  25. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl on May 29, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    I’ve never had coconut shrimp but I think there’s a first for everything!

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  26. Martha in KS on May 29, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    The dipping sauce I make for this shrimp is orange marmalade, horseradish & dijon mustard. It’s yummy.

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  27. Laura on May 29, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    This recipe sounds delicious!! I’m not sure what Sriracha sauce is. If I cant find it in Aus, is there an alternative I can use?

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    • Michelle on May 31st, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      Hi Laura, It’s an Asian hot sauce, so any hot sauce can be substituted (or a pinch of cayenne).

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  28. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious on May 30, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Totally addictive!! The best shrimp app everrrrr!

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  29. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious on May 30, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Whoa- that mango dipping sauce sounds to die for! I think I could take a swim in it, as weird as that may be.

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  30. Laura Dembowski on May 31, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    It’s possible I lived on Bahama Breeze’s coconut shrimp for a year or two. These look incredible. I can’t wait to make them as it’s been years since I’ve had them. They seem like such a great summer food too.

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  31. Kim Knapp on June 1, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Looks wonderful!!

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  32. Jen on October 7, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    OMGoodness, I just made these for dinner tonight after lusting over the recipe for a couple months. This might be the best shrimp I have ever had! The panko bread crumbs with the coconut made it crunchy and slightly sweet. Easy to make too.

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  33. Stephanie on October 15, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I cook for a high end senior living facility & I make the mango sauce everytime I prepare coconut shrimp.
    For dinner last night I brushed the leftover sauce onto tilapia before baking, then topped each fillet with cucumber melon salsa. I received wonderful comments from the residents.
    Thank you for making me look like a culinary genius!

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  34. Heike on January 1, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Thank you sooooo much for this recipe! It was a HUGE hit for our NYE family dinner and is now to be a holiday staple! I doubled the recipe but won’t double the sauce again, it makes a TON, but is really good. Thanks again and Happy New Year!!

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  35. Erin on January 25, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Hi could you make this and bake instead of deep frying? If so what temp and how long. Thank you!!!

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    • Michelle on January 25th, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Hi Erin, I have never tried to bake these, so I can’t say how they would turn out. I don’t have a time/temperature for you, since I haven’t done it.

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  36. Lynne on May 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Hi – curious if you make these ahead given that you have them on Christmas eve – or does someone slave over the hot oil once guests arrive? I’d like to make them for game night, but I’d like to have them done before guests arrive so I could clean up all the mess. Honestly, besides the fat and calories, that is the top reason why I pass over fried food recipes again and again – too much mess, smell, last minute work.

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    • Michelle on May 13th, 2014 at 8:59 am

      Hi Lynne, I do not make these ahead of time. Christmas Eve is a big fry-fest in our family, with fritters, calamari, crab cakes, and these shrimp. We usually have appetizers sitting out, and as people arrive we all take turns frying everything (people nibble on the fritters and calamari as they come out, while they wait for the rest of the meal to be ready). It’s how Christmas Eve has always been done in our family, we do a lot of lingering and visiting, so it doesn’t seem stressful or rushed.

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  37. Bursa Satılık Ev on November 14, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I cook for a high end senior living facility & I make the mango sauce everytime I prepare coconut shrimp.

    Reply

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