Shrimp never tasted so good. Coconut shrimp is the perfect pairing of textures and tastes. This dish is very crowd pleasing, especially with the sweet dipping sauce. So, if you are having a big party, you might want to make double the recipe—I guarantee this will disappear immediately.
Cooking tip: Dipping in the egg twice when doing the coating makes it very thick, and the bite that much more substantial. Creating these will get messy. Best to use both hands, one for the egg part, one for the crumb part.
I thought this recipe would be perfect in my plan for hosting a Latin-themed party, whose flavors celebrate South American flavors and flair. See this link for more recipes and ideas.
MAKES 36 SHRIMP
PREHEAT OVEN 425ºF… PREPARE THE DIPPING STATIONS
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 CUP panko bread crumbs
1/2 CUP panko bread crumbs
1 CUP flaked coconut
Set up 3 shallow bowls:  Whisk eggs, salt, and pepper.  Panko.  Panko and coconut.
36 shrimp, shells and tails removed
Dip shrimp in the egg mixture. Allow excess to drain off, dip in panko. Dip into eggs again. Let excess drain, dip into panko/coconut mix. Place onto baking sheet lined with parchment.
BAKE THE SHRIMP
Bake for 10 min, turn shrimp over, and cook for another 4 min until golden brown. Remove from oven, let cool. Stack shrimp around bowl of sweet hot sauce.
SWEET HOT SAUCE
This is a medium-kick spicy sauce. If you are looking for something with a more powerful sting, substitute one of the serranos for a habanero, or other spicy pepper. Consider splitting the recipe into medium and hot offerings. Best to stay in red or orange tones for the best color. This sauce goes with just about everything else on the menu, so put some out so people can help themselves. It’s drinkably good!
Makes about two 12 oz squirt bottles of sauce
3 red serranos, seeded, cut into 4 pieces
1 mango, peeled, cut into chunks
1 CUP white vinegar
1/4 CUP Filling Station coconut balsamic vinegar
1/2 CUP water
1/2 CUP Santa Cruz organic mango fruit spread
2 TB turbinado sugar
Add all ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. Run blender for a while to really liquefy. Strain through sieve and funnel into a squirt bottle, pushing mixture through with a spoon. Rinse sieve to get rid of gunk sporadically.
Cool plating idea: use a colorful plate and add an orchid to create a tropical feel.
See more recipes for a hot and steamy Latin dance party in 07 A Latin Fiesta