Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

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HI! I’m happy you’re here and I hope everyone is staying healthy! I’m going to share my recipe for healthy, air fryer coconut shrimp.

So one benefit (for me anyway) of this stupid pandemic is that I’m in my kitchen more! I’m coming up with new ideas for meals and snacks that my whole family will like – which isn’t easy as I have a 10-year-old boy!

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One of our favorites when we actually do go out to eat at our favorite place is coconut shrimp. So delicious!

The ones in the restaurant are generally deep-fried so I tried for something a bit healthier. Since we just jumped on the air fryer bandwagon not too long ago I figured I’d give that a shot! It worked pretty well I think!

These are pretty easy to make. Putting them together is a little bit time-consuming, depending on how many you make but so worth it!

The air fryer I have is like the first one in the amazon ad but any one of them will work. Obviously, the bigger the fryer the more you can make at one time.

~What you need~

  • Large shrimp – peeled, devained and tail on
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (sweetened or not – sweetened was a little too sweet for us)
  • pinch of salt and pepper

~What to do~

Whisk eggs and milk together in a bowl (I added a small splash of Maggie seasoning to mine as well but that’s totally optional)

In another bowl mix coconut flour with salt and pepper (to your taste)

Get a third bowl and mix the panko bread crumbs with the shredded coconut.

Grab the shrimp by the tail and dip them in the flour mixture, then the egg wash, then into the coconut mixture. you want to make sure that the coconut sticks really well to the shrimp so make sure to press gently but firmly and cover completely.

Place the finished shrimp on the air fryer rack. As long as it’s a single layer you can pack them on there pretty tightly if you need to.

Once you’re finished with all of them, place the rack into the air fryer and set it to “air fry” for 10 minutes. Depending on which fryer you have you may have to rotate the racks or flip the shrimp halfway through.

That’s really all there is to it – air fryer coconut shrimp! The air fryer makes them have the same crunch as if they’d been deep-fried. I tried to just bake them but the coconut coating turned out a bit soggy.

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