Chinese Coconut Shrimp Appetizers

Coconut Shrimp

Coconut Shrimp is sweet and savory, made with battered shrimp that's rolled in tender coconut flakes, then deep fried to perfection and dipped in sweet and sour sauce, ready in under 30 minutes! 

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword coconut shrimp
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Freeze 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 373 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 2 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup flour divided
  • 2/3 cup club soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 24 shrimp
  • 24 wooden skewers
  • 3 cups oil for frying
  • Sweet and Sour Sauce for dipping
US Customary - Metric


  1. Add the coconut to a food processor and pulse ten times then place it in a shallow bowl.
  2. In tall cup, whisk together the egg, 1/2 cup flour, club soda and baking powder and put the remaining flour in a second shallow bowl.
  3. Skewer the shrimp onto the skewers leaving the top 1" of shrimp unskewered then roll in the flour, dip in the batter (let excess drip off) and roll in the coconut before placing on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Place the shrimp in the freezer for 20 minutes then heat up a dutch oven with 3" of oil to 350 degrees and fry the shrimp for 2-3 minutes until golden brown.

Recipe Notes

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

Nutrition Facts
Coconut Shrimp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 373 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 25g156%
Cholesterol 87mg29%
Sodium 219mg10%
Potassium 334mg10%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 1.4mg2%
Calcium 109mg11%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.