This Gluten Free Coconut Shrimp Recipe is loaded with some serious coconut flavor!
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In a few of my previous recipes posts, I mention that we love my version of Gluten Free Coconut Shrimp. I make them gluten free by using a gluten free flour as part of the batter. I have tried using coconut flour, but I didn’t care for the texture and the coating came off easier, so I wouldn’t recommend it. They can be made with regular wheat flour as well and will turn out so delicious, I promise!
For the batter, so many other Coconut Shrimp recipes use milk or beer, but not me. Oh no…I am obsessed with coconut, especially the last couple years. My batter uses coconut milk in it and it will give you some serious coconut flavor when combined with the shredded coconut coating!
This would definitely classify as an “easy” recipe because all you have to do is toss the shrimp in some flour, then the batter, and then the coconut, refrigerate and fry….but it can be time consuming. I tend to use medium sized shrimp because it’s the easiest to find around here, but larger shrimp would definitely speed up the process. I also remove the tails on the smaller shrimp so they don’t get covered in batter. I don’t want to accidentally eat a tail, eww. If you have larger shrimp, I would leave the tails on so that battering them up is a little less messy!
I have made these for years using two large frying pans and flipping them half way through. The last time I made these (before this post) I told my fiance that I was done making coconut shrimp until I had a deep fryer because the oil splatter burning my arms just got to be too much. So while they can definitely be fried in a frying pan (I used coconut oil with this method!), I would strongly recommend a deep fryer!
2 days after I was asked to make these Coconut Shrimp for dinner, this deep fryer showed up on my doorstep! He’s pretty wonderful…or just really loves my Gluten Free Coconut Shrimp! It can be hard to find really good gluten free versions of some foods.
I was kind of scared to use a deep fryer, but these photos are actually from the very first time I used it and it was so easy!
For a dipping sauce, we use Sweet Chili Sauce. Maybe someday I’ll make my own…and it will probably contain mangos and chilis…hmmm…
I hope you love these Gluten Free Coconut Shrimp as much as my family! Leave a comment or send me a message anytime! I love hearing from you!
And if you love coconut as much as I do, be sure to check out my Creamy Coconut Rice recipe – it’s one of the most popular recipes on my blog!