Coconut Shrimp with Spicy Orange Dipping Sauce

Fried shrimp coated in coconut flakes and panko crumbs straight from the fryer make me slightly weak in the knees. Biting through the crusty coating into the steaming-hot, succulent shrimp trapped underneath makes me deliriously happy.

The deceptively sweet orange marmalade sauce carries a surprise hint of heat that is a perfect counterbalance for all of the savory sweetness going on.

The sauce is made with just a few pantry ingredients: orange marmalade, dijon mustard, vinegar and red pepper flakes. If you don’t like the sound of the sauce a store-bought sweet chili or sweet and sour sauce goes just as well. You can use sweetened or unsweetened coconut, I prefer the sweet ones for this.

To make things easy I buy shrimp already cleaned with the tails on so you have something to hold onto for dipping. You want to use shrimp on the large side, if they’re too small you chance overcooking the shrimp before the coating crisps up. I butterflied these but you can skip that step as it makes no difference in the end result.

Coconut Shrimp with Orange Dipping Sauce

Coconut Shrimp with Spicy Orange Dipping Sauce

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Yield: 3-4 servings

Coconut Shrimp with Spicy Orange Dipping Sauce

Deep-fried shrimp coated in coconut flakes and panko crumbs with a sweet and spicy orange dipping sauce.


1 cup flour
2 eggs
1 cup panko crumbs
1 cup sweetened or unsweetened organic coconut flakes (I use sweet)
1 pound medium-large shrimp, cleaned, deveined and butterflied (optional)
vegetable oil for frying
1/2 cup orange marmalade
2 tablespoons rice or white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
a dash or more of red pepper flakes


  1. Set up a dredging station for the shrimp by placing the flour in a wide, shallow plate or bowl; beat the eggs in a small bowl and combine panko and coconut in a separate, wide, shallow plate or bowl. Coat shrimp with flour, dunk into egg mixture and then into coconut crumbs, patting the crumbs on if needed. Set on a large platter and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile combine orange marmalade, rice vinegar, dijon and red pepper in a small bowl; refrigerate.
  3. Add about 2 inches of oil to large, deep pan or skillet and heat to 350 degrees F. Fry shrimp in batches until light golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towel lined plates. Serve with orange dipping sauce.


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Coconut Shrimp with Orange Dipping Sauce


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  1. Clara says

    I’m new at eating shrimp and have shunned it for many years. I was at a gathering where some sort of coconut shrimp was served. I tried one and loved it but was unable to obtain the recipe other than the delicious taste. The lady I was with told me it was coconut shrimp fried in butter but I also tasted a citrus flavor and if it was fried there was no greasiness. Can this also be baked and if so what tmp and for how long? Is it also dipped in flour etc and is there a wetting agent to make the coconut stick?

    • says

      Hi Clara! This is dipped in flour then egg then the coconut breading to help it stick. If you wanted to bake them I would do it in a 400 degree oven on a lightly greased baking sheet. The length of time is hard to pin down – anywhere from 10 – 20 minutes – you would have to test one to see if it is cooked inside. Good luck!

  2. Linda Anderson says

    I came to look at your shrimp recipe but then I saw the picture of your cat above and I thought it was my cat! I swear to you that our cats could be twins from this face! I have no idea what the rest of your cats body looks like, but if I showed anyone this picture they would say it is my cat. That is so funny! My cat’s name is Lucky and he weighs about 22 lbs…he is a very large cat, solidly built but doesn’t really look fat, just a BIG cat. I am making this recipe tonight, I will let you know how it goes. :)

    • says

      Hi Linda! Thanks for making the shrimp! Moon is a big cat too – chubby, long and tall! We call him “bull cat” cause his stature is kind of like a bull dogs. Maybe they are long lost brothers!

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