Shrimp is a star seafood during the holidays. I love baked coconut shrimp as a main course for my family and as a holiday appetizer for so many reasons so it’s our special holiday dish for Day 11 before our big 12 Days of Recipes finale.
I’m a big fan of sweet and savory, and I get that from both the shrimp and the dipping sauce. The presentation is fun and elegant and my cooking method is baking, so there’s no added fat. (If you choose, you can fry these shrimp in oil, but it is not needed for great flavor.)
Try it for your holiday spread, or stock up on holiday-priced shrimp and coconut to add this to your dinner rotation.
Baked Coconut Shrimp
2 pounds shrimp, deveined (tails can be left on)
3/4 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup Apricot or Orange Marmalade
3 tablespoons spicy mustard
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray. Combine bread crumbs and all seasonings together in a bowl. Set aside.
In another smaller bowl, lightly beat the eggs.
In a third bowl, place the coconut. Holding the shrimp by their tails, dip first into the beaten egg, then in the breadcrumb mix to lightly coat, then dip back in the egg, and finally roll in the coconut. Lay the shrimp on its side on baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until coconut is light golden-brown. Turn the shrimp halfway through baking.
Combine marmalade and mustard for dipping sauce.
Kelly Donlea is a Barrington mom, chef, cookbook author the owner of Organizing Dinner, a company that brings sensible cooking solutions to busy people. She has published several cookbooks and one of her specialties is helping parents plan family meals with fewer trips to the grocery store. Kelly also offers cooking classes and demonstrations in your home or public facility. To learn more about Kelly, her recipes and her services, you’ll find her Facebook page by clicking HERE and her website at OrganizingDinner.com. Kelly is going to be sharing recipes, cooking tips and special features about chefs and popular menu items at area restaurants right here at 365Barrington.com.
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