Crispy Coconut Shrimp │ Gluten-Free

gluten-free coconut shrimp

Crisp and golden-brown, these gluten-free coconut-battered shrimp are hard to resist!

Dip them in a ready-made seafood dip or in a sweet chili Thai sauce. This recipe is perfect for entertaining and is easy enough to prepare for those whirlwind, weeknight dinners.

gluten-free coconut shrimp

What’s my secret to making the shrimp extra coconuty in flavor?
I batter them in finely shredded coconut and then cook them in pure coconut oil. This really enhances the flavor.

I prefer to use organic, raw coconut oil that is pure extra virgin grade. Raw coconut oil can be found in specialty stores or health-food stores.

I have to admit, I’m a real sucker for fried or battered seafood. And yes you can probably guess what my favorite scenes are from the movie Forest Gump. But if I want to start psychoanalyzing myself, this weakness most definitely stems from childhood birthday celebrations and special occasions spent at Red Lobster.

While I have now discovered that Red Lobster isn’t exactly top grade seafood, my vice for fried seafood still exists, only this time it’s of the better quality and gluten-free variety.

gluten-free coconut shrimp

Follow this recipe for beautifully crisp coconut shrimp. You won’t be disappointed.

Crispy Coconut Shrimp │ Gluten-Free

Prep Time: 5 minutes      Cooking Time: 10 minutes      Yields: 20 Large (jumbo) shrimps

Author: Milk & Marigolds

20 large raw shrimp (ready peeled, deveined, tail on)
2 eggs, beaten
½ teaspoon of sea salt
1 cup of finely shredded organic coconut
¾ cup of brown (or white) rice flour
4 tablespoons of organic, raw coconut oil


1. Defrost the shrimp in the fridge over night to save time (if frozen). Or defrost under cool, running water. Be sure to buy ready-peeled and deveined shrimp if you are looking to save time.

2. In a small mixing bowl, beat two medium-sized eggs.

3. You will need two other mixing bowls. In one, add the rice flour and salt. In the other, add the shredded coconut. In total you will have three bowls.

4. Begin the battering process by dipping the shrimp into the rice flour/salt mixture.

5. Then swiftly dip the shrimp into the bowl of beaten egg.

6. Conclude by emerging the egg coated shrimp into the shredded coconut. Use fingers to help adhere the coconut to the shrimp.

7. In a large frying pan, add the coconut oil. Heat oil on a high heat, watching carefully that it doesn’t burn.

8. Once the oil is hot, add up to half of the shrimp to the pan. It’s more manageable to fry the shrimp in smaller batches. Cook for about 1 minute per side. Both sides should be a light, golden brown.

9. Place cooked shrimps on a plate lined with an absorbent towel.

10. Serve with your favorite dip or with lemon wedges.

Add a sprinkle of Cajun powder or cayenne pepper to the flour mixture for a little heat!

Copyright © 2014. Milk & Marigolds

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