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Air-Fryer Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple Coconut Yogurt Dip

Air-Fryer Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple Coconut Yogurt Dip in a shallow blue bowl


These Air-Fryer Coconut Shrimp are bursting with flavor and lots of texture. Butterflied shrimp is dipped in a coconut batter, dredged in a panko and coconut breading and air-fried until crispy perfection. Serve with a simple pineapple coconut yogurt dip for dunking. Feeds 4 to 6 (depending) in about 35 to 40 minutes.

Air-Fryer Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple Coconut Yogurt Dip in a shallow blue bowl

I have loved coconut shrimp since the first time I tasted it almost twenty-some years ago. Back in the day, when our girls were a lot younger, Pat and I would take them to Red Lobster for a special dinner. Pat would get the shrimp combo (scampi and popcorn shrimp and fries), we’d split a basket of cheddar bay biscuits (side note: I’ve been working on that recipe!) the girls would order off of the paper kiddie menu. For me, without hesitation or the need to look at a menu, I would order the coconut shrimp and that addictive pineapple coconut yogurt dipping sauce. More on that sauce later.

If you’ve been reading along over the years, you know I have a deep, underlying fear of deep frying.

I just can’t bring myself to do it. Not only because of the calories but the hot oil literally scares me to death. I admire anyone who can heat that much oil in a pot without the fear of burning down their kitchen. Pat knows about my fear and gave me an air fryer one Christmas. And it’s safe to say that I am indeed obsessed with it.

Air-Fryer Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple Coconut Yogurt Dip

I love that I can (safely) healthily fry things with just hot air and a small amount oil! I mean, can you even believe these beauties where NOT deep fried??

ingredients for pineapple coconut yogurt dip

To Make the Pineapple Coconut Yogurt Dip You Will Need:

  • pineapple marmalade – Adds sweetness and tropical flavor.
  • plain greek yogurt (full fat) – This is the creamy base to the sauce.
  • sweetened coconut flakes – Lends coconut flavor, texture and a touch of sweetness.
  • light coconut milk – Adds extra coconut flavor and will thin out the dipping sauce.

mixed pineapple coconut yogurt dip

Do not sleep on this pineapple coconut yogurt dip! It is the perfect dip for coconut shrimp and super easy too.

In a medium bowl, combine 2/3 pineapple marmalade, 1/2 cup plain (full fat) greek yogurt, 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes and 1 to 2 tablespoons of light coconut milk. Stir, cover and refrigerate while you work on the shrimp. While in the fridge, the coconut will soften and absorb some the liquids so they plump and thicken the dip.

ingredients for air fryer coconut shrimp

To Make The Air-Fryer Coconut Shrimp You Will Need:

  • shrimpThaw frozen shrimp by placing in a colander and running under lukewarm water. Pat dry once thawed.
  • plain panko bread crumbsUse homemade or store-bought. These add extra crunch to the shrimp.
  • unsweetened coconut flakesIt’s not coconut shrimp without it! I use unsweetened to balance the sweetness of the dip.
  • kosher saltWill enhance the flavors and balance the sweetness.
  • paprikaAdds color and subtle flavor.
  • garlic powderGives a garlic flavor that’s sweeter yet milder than fresh garlic.
  • flourHelps thicken the batter.
  • eggWill give the batter a gentle crispness when air-fried.
  • coconut milkThins the batter while adding subtle coconut flavor.
  • non-aerosol cooking spray (preferably coconut oil) – This will aid in crisping the coconut shrimp when air-frying.

thawed, deveined, patted dry and butterflied shrimp.

Thaw, peel and devein 1 pound large shrimp (16-20 shrimp per pound). Butterfly the shrimp by running your knife on the underneath meaty portion of the shrimp.

ingredients for coconut breadcrumbs in wide shallow bowl

In a shallow bowl combine, 1/2 cup of panko and 1-1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes.

coconut breadcrumbs

Season with 1 teaspoon kosher salt and paprika and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.

adding flour to batter

In a separate shallow bowl, combine 1/2 cup flour with 1 large egg and then 1/3 cup coconut milk.

whisked batter

Feel free to thin out with a few splashes of coconut if needed.

hold shrimp by the tail and dip into batter

First hold the shrimp by the tail and dip it (I do one at a time) into the batter. Letting any excess drip off and into the bowl.

dipping coated shrimp in coconut breading

And then dip into the coconut breadcrumb mixture.

coated shrimp on parchment lined sheet pan

Place the coated shrimp onto a clean parchment line platter or sheet pan.

preheat air fryer

Preheat your air fryer to 390°.

spray air fryer basket

Once preheated, lightly spray the air-fryer basket or tray with coconut spray.

coconut shrimp before air fried

Work in batches placing the shrimp butterflied side touching the basket and spray the shrimp a couple times with the coconut oil spray. Try to keep the shrimp from touching each other to avoid sticking.

air fried coconut shrimp in basket

In this photo, the ones that touched sort of stuck together – lesson learned. Cook the shrimp for 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.

Air-Fryer Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple Coconut Yogurt Dip in blue dish

Serve the air-fryer coconut shrimp warm with little bowls of the pineapple coconut dip and prepare your tastebuds for a flavor explosion.

I’m already planning on making these again because they are that good. And that dip. I could drink it from a straw.

I’m also thinking about all the other things I can air-fry. Do you have any recipes you love or that you would want me to tackle? I’m up for the challenge! Just leave a comment below or email me using the contact button at the top of my blog. Yay! I look forward to hearing from you guys!

Air-Fryer Coconut Shrimp in small container of Pineapple Coconut Yogurt Dip

What Is Air Frying?

  • An air fryer is a counter top appliance that requires less oil (anything from a few spritz to 1 tablespoon) yet produces crispy food that rivals most deep fried foods. By using circulating hot air, it moves at a high speed so the food tends to cook in a fraction of the time.
  • There are a bunch of different makes and models of air fryers. My husband did the research (as he’s known to do) and found this air fryer [affiliate] to be one of the best. But do your research and purchase one that fits your lifestyle.

How is Air Frying Healthier?

  • Air frying is healthier because only a thin layer of oil coats the food and when the hot air comes in contact it will crisp. Saving you a ton of fat and calories (without sacrificing any flavor!) because food is not being submerged in a vat of hot oil.
  • Keep in mind, not all air fryers are equal. Some preheat and some do not. Some are smaller than others therefore you may need to work in smaller batches to air fry.
For more Air Fryer recipes, click here for my growing collection.

Air-Fryer Coconut Shrimp just dipped into Pineapple Coconut Yogurt Dip

Enjoy! And if you give this Air-fryer Coconut Shrimp recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

Air-Fryer Coconut Shrimp dipped in Pineapple Coconut Yogurt Dip

Yield: 6 servings

Air-Fryer Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple Coconut Dip

These Air-Fryer Coconut Shrimp are bursting with flavor and lots of texture. Butterflied shrimp is dipped in a coconut batter, dredged in a panko and coconut breading and air-fried until crispy perfection. Serve with a simple pineapple coconut yogurt dip for dunking. Feeds 4 to 6 in about 30 minutes.

PINEAPPLE COCONUT YOGURT DIP:

  • 2/3 cup pineapple marmalade, or pineapple topping
  • 1/2 cup full fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons light coconut milk

FOR THE COCONUT SHRIMP:

  • 1 pound large shrimp, 16-20 shrimp per pound, shelled, deveined and butterflied
  • 1/2 cup homemade plain panko breadcrumbs, or use store-bought
  • cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup of unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup light coconut milk, plus more as needed
  • coconut baking spray

MAKE THE PINEAPPLE COCONUT YOGURT DIP:

  • In a medium bowl, measure and add the marmalade, yogurt, coconut flakes and milk. Stir to combine, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until ready too serve.

MAKE THE COCONUT SHRIMP:

  • In a wide, shallow bowl combine, panko and unsweetened coconut flakes. Season with kosher salt and paprika and garlic powder.

  • In a separate shallow bowl, combine flour with the egg and coconut milk. Feel free to thin out with a few splashes of coconut milk if the batter is too thin.

  • Dip shrimp in batter then dredge in the coconut breadcrumb mixture and place the coated shrimp onto a clean parchment line platter or sheet pan. .

  • Preheat your air fryer to 390° or 400° (depending on make or model).

  • Once preheated lightly spray the basket or tray.

  • Work in batches placing the shrimp (butterflied side down) into the basket. Try to keep the shrimp from touching each other to avoid them sticking together. Lightly spray the coconut shrimp with a couple sprays of coconut oil before cooking the shrimp for 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.
  • Serve with the chilled coconut dip and enjoy!

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 391kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 123mg, Sodium: 900mg, Potassium: 296mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 21g, Vitamin A: 341IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 88mg, Iron: 2mg

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