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Easy Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp Recipe

March 8, 2019

Spicy and sweet. Crunchy but tender. Oh so delicious!

Coconut shrimp is one of those things that I love to order at a restaurant, but rarely do because they always seem to cost an arm and a leg. But there’s something about the little pillows of flavour – especially when they come with a side of sweet chili sauce – that makes me drool like Doofy from Scary Movie.

Super Easy Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

I’ll admit, I’ve never made them at home. I’m not really sure why, because this recipe is incredibly easy and I found myself walking around the house with a Grinch-sized grin after. I felt proud of myself for creating one of my favourite dishes, and to toot my own horn…they’re ahhhhhh-mazing!! They’re crispy and sweet, but slightly spicy and cooked to perfection.

Super Easy Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp


12-15 Raw Jumbo Shrimp (peeled)
1/2 Cup Corn Starch
2 Eggs
3/4 Cup Sweetened Shredded Coconut
1/8 Tsp Cayenne Pepper (or more if you like spice)
1/4 Tsp Paprika

Super Easy Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp


  1. Turn the air fryer on to 200˚c
  2. Crack two eggs into a bowl and whisk them together
  3. Pour the corn starch in an even layer onto a plate
  4. Pour the sweetened shredded coconut onto a plate and season with salt, pepper, cayenne and paprika. I just use my fingers to mix these ingredients together on the plate so that one shrimp doesn’t end up with all of the spice.
  5. Coat the bottom of the air fryer with a tiny amount of coconut oil
  6. Dip each shrimp in corn starch
  7. After they’ve been dipped in corn starch, they can be dunked into the egg
  8. After they’ve been dunked in the egg, they can be rolled in the shredded coconut mixture
  9. Place the shrimp in an even layer in the cooking basket
  10. Put the basket inside the air fryer and set the timer for 8 minutes
  11. Once the timer goes off, pull out the basket and flip the shrimp
  12. Cook for another 8 minutes.
  13. Remove and enjoy!

Super Easy Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

We like to dip our coconut shrimp in sweet and sour sauce. But I recently bought a jar of sweet thai chili sauce and I’m SOOOOO excited to make this recipe again so I can try them with that.

Super Easy Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

*Tip: I get a bag of frozen and peeled shrimp from Costco. They’re not overly expensive and when I need to use them, I just let them sit in some cool water to thaw. It’s probably not the healthiest way to do it, but it works and I’m still here. Dev’s still here too. I haven’t killed either one of us just yet.

If you don’t have an air fryer these would probably work just as well if you lay them on a parchment lined baking sheet and pop them in the oven. Let me know if you try making them for yourself and what you think of the recipe. I hope it becomes one of your favourites like it has quickly become one of ours.



  • Lauren Will

    March 14, 2019 at 4:12 PM

    I’ve been thinking about getting an air fryer for a while… Now I want to get one so I can make these! Sounds so delish!

    1. Beauty by Birdy

      March 15, 2019 at 4:23 PM

      It’s amazing what you can do with an air fryer!

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