Easy Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp Recipe
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.
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.
12-15 Raw Jumbo Shrimp (peeled)
1/2 Cup Corn Starch
3/4 Cup Sweetened Shredded Coconut
1/8 Tsp Cayenne Pepper (or more if you like spice)
1/4 Tsp Paprika
- Turn the air fryer on to 200˚c
- Crack two eggs into a bowl and whisk them together
- Pour the corn starch in an even layer onto a plate
- 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.
- Coat the bottom of the air fryer with a tiny amount of coconut oil
- Dip each shrimp in corn starch
- After they’ve been dipped in corn starch, they can be dunked into the egg
- After they’ve been dunked in the egg, they can be rolled in the shredded coconut mixture
- Place the shrimp in an even layer in the cooking basket
- Put the basket inside the air fryer and set the timer for 8 minutes
- Once the timer goes off, pull out the basket and flip the shrimp
- Cook for another 8 minutes.
- Remove and enjoy!
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.
*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.