Coconut Shrimp

  • Yield : 6 servings
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 5m
  • Ready In : 15m
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  • Canola or safflower oil, for frying
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, eyeball it in palm of hand
  • 2 pinches ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder, available on spice aisle
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 pound large fantail shrimp, deveined and peeled -- ask for easy peels at fish counter


Step 1

Heat 2 inches oil over medium high heat. A cube of bread should brown in a 10 count when oil is ready.

Step 2

Season bread crumbs with salt, cayenne pepper and five-spice powder. Cut the lime into wedges and reserve.

Step 3

Toss coconut with seasoned bread crumbs to combine. Lightly beat the egg whites. Dip shrimp in the egg whites, then coat with the coconut breading. Fry shrimp 5 minutes in hot oil until evenly golden and crispy. Garnish with lime wedges and serve.

Step 4

TIMING: To serve all of the courses together, a mix-n-match, family-style presentation, you can bread the shrimp and wait to heat oil and fry when you are ready to put the chicken stir-fry in the pan. Or, for separate courses, serve the shrimp with the salad, have your rice cooking and your ingredients prepped for the stir-fry, then stir-fry the chicken only when guests are ready for it.

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