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

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Coconut Shrimp with Mango Dipping Sauce

Servings 4 to 6 servings
Prep 40 minutes
Cook 5 minutes
Total 45 minutes
Course:Appetizer
Cuisine:American
Author: Michelle
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
  • 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.

Recipe Notes:

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition:

Calories: 570kcal
Fat: 55g
Saturated fat: 42g
Cholesterol: 372mg
Sodium: 1666mg
Potassium: 407mg
Carbohydrates: 64g
Fiber: 7g
Sugar: 23g
Protein: 33g
Vitamin A: 16.2%
Vitamin C: 26.3%
Calcium: 22.3%
Iron: 33%

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