Coconut Shrimp & Sweet Chili Sauce Tutorial 🍤🌶

Delectable Crispy coconut shrimp accompanied by sweet and spicy chili sauce makes the perfect appetizer to share (or not). 😍 Check out my full tutorial & recipe Happy eating everyone!

-Chef Julie & The Mint Crew

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Coconut Shrimp & Sweet Chili Sauce

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: coconut, easy recipe, party idea

Special Equipment

  • 2 Saute pans
  • Tongs
  • 3 mixing bowls
  • 2-3 paper towel sheets
  • 2 large plates
  • 1 fork or whisk


Ingredients for Coconut Shrimp

  • 1 pound Shrimp shelled & cleaned
  • 2 Each Eggs
  • 1/2 – 1 Cup Coconut shredded
  • 1/2 Cup Panko bread crumbs Gluten-free if desired
  • 1/2 Cup AP Flour Gluten-free if desired
  • 1/2 Cup Oil neutral in flavor (we used avocado)
  • To Taste Salt & pepper

Ingredients for Sweet Chili Sauce

  • 1-2 Each Chili peppers minced, Thai chili or Fresno
  • 1/2 Tbsp Oil like sesame, avocado or coconut
  • 1/4 – 1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar or granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Water


Instructions for Coconut Shrimp

  • Set up a breading station: In the first bowl add the flour, in the second crack open the eggs and whisk well with 1 T. water. In the third bowl mix the coconut & bread crumbs. (arrange in that order – flour, egg, then coconut mixture)
  • Season the shrimp with salt and pepper
  • Bread the shrimp: Working in batches, first coat in flour and shake off any excess flour, then dip in the egg mixture, then coat in the coconut/breadcrumb mixture. Lay aside on a plate or pan.
  • Repeat step 2 until all the shrimp are breaded. Discard any leftover breading mixture.
  • On the stovetop, heat a medium-large saute pan on medium heat with the oil until hot, about 2-3 minutes. The oil should generously coat the bottom of the pan. Add more oil if needed.
  • While the oil is heating get a plate ready with some paper towels for when the shrimp is done cooking. (This will absorb any excess oil so the shrimp doesn’t get soggy).
  • Cook the shrimp in batches and don’t overcrowd the pan. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side. If it starts to brown to quickly then lower the heat so it doesn’t burn and the shrimp cooks through.
  • Remove the first batch and drain on the paper towels.
  • Continue until all the shrimp is cooked. If there are a lot of burned bits in the pan you can switch out the oil in between batches if desired. Just repeat step 4.
  • Enjoy it with the Sweet chili sauce below!

Instructions for Sweet Chili Sauce

  • On the stove top heat the oil in a saute or sauce pan.
  • Saute the pepper for 1-2 minutes until lightly translucent.
  • Mix in the sugar and water, then bring up to a boil.
  • Reduce down to a simmer and let cook for about 5-10 minutes stirring occasionally until the mixture is reduced and thickened. It should coat the back of a spoon.
  • Enjoy with coconut shrimp or add in to other dishes for a sweet & spicy kick!
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  • Use your favorite pepper for the chili sauce, we like to use Thai chili or Fresno.
  • This recipe can be made using Gluten-free alternatives if desired. 
  • Substitute 100% coconut shreds instead of breadcrumbs if desired and vice versa, you can use 100% breadcrumbs.