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Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple Dipping Sauce

Caribbean Cooking – Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple Dipping Sauce.

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Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple Dipping Sauce

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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course sauce
Servings 8


  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cayenne
  • 5 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 2 ½ cups unsweetened coconut
  • 2 pounds large shrimp, peeled, deveined, butterflied
  • 2 cups canola oil, for frying

Dipping sauce

  • 1 cup canned pineapple
  • 3 scallions, white part only, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup apricot preserves
  • ¼ cup cilantro leaves
  • 2 Tb. lime juice
  • ½ jalapeno, choppedsalt


  • Combine the flour, salt and cayenne on a flat baking sheet. Place the egg whites and coconut on two separate baking sheets. Dredge the shrimp in the flour mixture, then the whites, then in the coconut. Press the coconut onto the shrimp. Chill for at least an hour.
  • Heat the oven to 200. In a medium saucepan heat the oil until moderately hot but not smoking. Working in batches fry the shrimp until golden about 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Transfer to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven.
  • In a processor combine the pineapple, scallions, apricot preserves, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno and salt to taste. Process until blended and taste, adjust seasoning.
  • Serve the shrimp on a platter with the sauce in the middle in a serving dish.


  • Shrimp that are a 20-24 count size are recommended.   You can use large or smaller, but make sure to adjust cooking time accordingly.
  • If you use smaller shrimp, you may run out of the coconut/breadcrumb mixture.  If this happens, simply add additional coconut and breadcrumbs in a 3:2 ratio with a pinch of salt and continue breading your shrimp.
  • If oil looks brown after cooking a batch or two, drain coconut oil and add an additional 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil.
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