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Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

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Air fryer coconut shrimp is a delightful appetizer that is made without all the mess that deep frying creates! You'll love this tropical dish!

I’m so excited to share with you this air fryer coconut shrimp. You can skip the deep frying and mess because making air fryer coconut shrimp could not be easier!

There is just something about coconut shrimp that reminds you of the tropics and being on vacation. Probably because of the coconut flavor but more often than not, coconut shrimp reminds me of — and please no judgement on this — Outback Steakhouse.

Air fryer coconut shrimp is a delightful appetizer that is made without all the mess that deep frying creates! You'll love this tropical dish!

I just remember that’s the first time I ever had it and I believe it was with my aunt. She ordered it and I was like WHAT IS THIS AND WHY CAN’T I STOP EATING IT?! I honestly loved it so much.

I have always been a huge fan of coconut flavor and to have that encrusted on shrimp and then deep fried….that was pure heaven.

Air fryer coconut shrimp is a delightful appetizer that is made without all the mess that deep frying creates! You'll love this tropical dish!

Ingredients for air fryer coconut shrimp

  • Shrimp
  • All-purpose flour
  • Shredded coconut
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Eggs
  • Navel oranges
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Spicy Thai chili sauce

Equipment/tools you’ll need:

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spoon or spatula (to mix ingredients)
  • Air Fryer
  • Saucepan 
Air fryer coconut shrimp is a delightful appetizer that is made without all the mess that deep frying creates! You'll love this tropical dish!

How do I store the coconut shrimp and marmalade sauce?

You can store the cooked coconut shrimp in an airtight container in the fridge for about 3 days.

The marmalade sauce can also be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Can I use any kind of orange for the marmalade sauce?

I recommend navel oranges for making the marmalade sauce specifically because the peel is very thin, and the entire orange is used when making the sauce.

Air fryer coconut shrimp is a delightful appetizer that is made without all the mess that deep frying creates! You'll love this tropical dish!

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Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

Air fryer coconut shrimp is a delightful appetizer that is made without all the mess that deep frying creates! You'll love this tropical dish!
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6

Servings are adjustable but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings.

Author: Julie Chiou

Ingredients

For the coconut shrimp:

  • 2 pounds uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 eggs, beaten

For the marmalade sauce:

  • 2 medium navel oranges
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2/3 cup sweet Thai chili sauce

Instructions

  • Put flour in a small bowl.
  • Combine the panko breadcrumbs and shredded coconut in another small bowl.
  • In another small bowl, beat the eggs.
  • One by one, take each shrimp and dip in the flour, then the eggs, then the coconut/bread crumb mix.
  • Place the coated shrimp in the air fryer basket and cook each batch for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.
  • While the shrimp are cooking, prepare the marmalade sauce.
  • Cut the ends off of each naval orange and discard.
  • Cut the orange in half and then each half into 6-8 slices.
  • Place the orange slices into a processor and blend until the peels are small pieces.
  • Put the processed orange, sugar, and water into a saucepan and boil for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the mixture from heat and add the sweet Thai chili sauce.
  • Dip the crispy coconut shrimp into the spicy marmalade sauce and enjoy!
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