Coconut Shrimp in Beer Batter with Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauces
There is something so wonderfully exotic about coconut shrimp.
The coconut adds a note of sweetness to a seafood that goes well with sweet.
This version of coconut shrimp includes a beer batter.
Spicy Orange Sauce:
Pina Colada Dipping Sauce:
Peel and devein the shrimp (see the note below about how to devein shrimp), making sure to leave the tails on. Rinse well.
Combine the seasonings in a small bowl, mixing well. Combine the flour, beer, egg and baking powder in a medium bowl and mix well to make a batter. Place the coconut into another bowl.
Dip the shrimp in the seasoning mixture. Shake off any excess. Dip the seasoned shrimp into the beer batter. Dredge the batter coated shrimp in the coconut.
Fry the shrimp, 5-6 at a time, in deep, hot oil for about 45 seconds to 1 minute on each side or until the shrimp are golden brown. Drain the shrimp on paper towels and serve immediately.
Serve the shrimp alongside a bowl of the dipping sauce.
Makes 8 appetizer servings.
Nutritional Analysis Per Serving
Calories 290; Calories from Fat 169; Total Fat 18.7g; Saturated Fat 9.5g; Cholesterol 134mg; Sodium 467mg; Total Carbohydrates 15.5g; Dietary Fiber 2.9g; Sugars 1.8g; Protein 15.0g; Vitamin A 6%; Vitamin C 6%; Calcium 5%; Iron 19%
(Percentages based on a 2000 calorie per day diet)
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Did You Know?...
The beer batter adds delicious flavor to the recipe.
I have included recipes for two very different dipping sauces, one is tangy the other straight out sweet.
The tangy one is a combination of orange marmalade, horseradish and some spicy brown mustard, great for those who want the tang of something not to sweet to dip into.
The second sauce is quite like the sweet coconut and pineapple sauce we are used to in restaurants.
Either one is a perfect coconut shrimp dipping sauce.
I have also included instructions above for how to devein shrimp. That seems to be a topic that can confuse people.
It is simply a matter of removing the shrimp's intestinal track, something that makes the shrimp far less pleasant to eat. It is simple to do, but does take an extra bit of time.
If you love this coconut shrimp recipe, you may also want to have a look at our shrimp scampi recipe found here.
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