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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Baked Coconut Shrimp

Although we don't eat much meat around our house, we do like to have shrimp once in awhile. When the Oregon Ducks were playing in the Rose Bowl, we had my sister in law over to watch the game. Instead of making a traditional dinner, I decided to make a bunch of appetizers. I, of course, had to find healthy versions of some family favorites. I checked out some of my "go to" recipe blogs and picked a few. The one I share here is from

  • 1 lb (24) large shrimp, peeled and deviened (weight after peeled)
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp panko crumbs
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour (you will only use 1 tbsp)
  • 1 large egg
  • pinch salt
  • non-stick spray (I used my misto)

For the Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves (you can use sugar free if you wish)
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes


Preheat oven to 425°. Spray a non-stick baking sheet with cooking spray.

Combine coconut flakes, panko crumbs and salt in a bowl. Place the flour on a small dish. Whisk egg in another bowl.

Lightly season shrimp with salt. Dip the shrimp in the flour, shaking off excess, then into the egg, then in the coconut crumb mixture.

Lay shrimp on the cookie sheet then spray the top of the shrimp with more cooking spray; bake in the middle rack for about 10 minutes. Turn shrimp over then cook another 6-7 minutes or until cooked though. Remove from oven and serve with dipping sauce.

For the sauce, combine all the ingredients and place in a small bowl.

These were absolutely delicious and everyone loved them! They were nice and crunchy and the sauce was the perfect mix of sweet and spicy.

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