Coconut shrimp close up of 2 shrimp with dipping sauce in the background.

Coconut Shrimp With Orange Ginger Dijon Dipping Sauce or Lemon Pepper Mayonnaise

Coconut Shrimp. An easy party finger food idea with 2 dip recipes or use them in a different kind of shrimp sandwich.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 servings as an hors d'oeuvre
Calories 269 kcal
Author Barry C. Parsons


  • 2 lbs uncooked shrimp
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 2 cups cold soda water or beer
  • 2-3 cups medium or large cut unsweetened dried coconut
  • canola oil for frying


  1. Combine dry ingredients except coconut. Add the egg and soda water and whisk together just until the liquid is incorporated. Lumps in the batter are not a problem.
  2. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper on both sides. Dredge the shrimp in plain flour to help the batter stick. Dip the shrimp into the batter and then into the coconut, toss to coat completely. Carefully drop them into canola oil filled deep fryer that has been preheated to 325 degrees F. Fry for a few minutes, just until golden brown on both sides. Drain on a wire rack placed over a cookie sheet. Serve immediately.
  3. If you have to fry the shrimp in more than one batch at a time, hold them in a 200 degree F oven on the draining rack to provide air circulation all the way around the fried pieces to prevent the shrimp from getting soggy.

Recipe Notes

Orange Ginger Dijon Dipping Sauce

Bring all ingredients to a gentle boil for only a minute or two until well combined. Puree until smooth.

Lemon Pepper Mayonnaise

Makes about 2 cups

In a blender or food processor combine until thick and pale in color

Add oil alternately with lemon juice in three parts, adding the oil very slowly in a thin stream.

Nutrition Facts
Coconut Shrimp With Orange Ginger Dijon Dipping Sauce or Lemon Pepper Mayonnaise
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 269 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 204mg68%
Sodium 792mg34%
Potassium 247mg7%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 161mg16%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.