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Air Fried Coconut Shrimp

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This Air Fried Coconut Shrimp is crunchy, full of coconut flavor and absolutely delicious with the Orange Lime Dipping Sauce.

Air Fried Coconut Shrimp cooked to golden brown, served with an Orange Lime Dipping Sauce.

How to Make Coconut Shrimp in the Air Fryer

These coconut shrimp couldn’t be easier to make. I am loving experimenting with all of my favorite greasy fried foods and making them a little more healthy and just as delicious.

For these shrimp, I really wanted the coconut flavor to stand out. These air fried coconut shrimp are first coated in flour, dredged in coconut milk and then coated in a mixture of Panko bread crumbs and sweetened coconut.

Place the air fryer at 375ºF for 8-10 minutes, flipping them at the half way mark.

3 bowl used to make coconut shrimp. One with coconut milk, an other with flour and lastly panko and coconut flakes.

What You Need to Make Air Fried Coconut Shrimp

  • Shrimp (thawed)
  • Flour
  • Coconut Milk
  • Panko Breadcrumbs
  • Sweetened Coconut Flakes

If you are starting with frozen shrimp, place them in a colander and place them in the sink under some running cold water for 6-8 minutes until thawed. Dry them with a paper towel and you are ready to fry!

Coconut Shrimp in the pan of an air fryer.

Layer the coated coconut shrimp in the fryer pan in a single layer, drizzle with coconut oil. I just used a spoon to drizzle a little oil over the top. I packed them in there and they got nice and crispy!

Toasted Coconut Shrimp in an air fryer pan.

Flip the shrimp half way through and drizzle again with a little coconut oil, to make sure it gets crispy on both sides. You might be tempted to eat them now, but don’t give in, let them cook those last few minutes to up the crispy level. You will be glad you did!!

Toasted Coconut Shrimp served with an orange marmalade dipping sauce

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Air Fried Coconut Shrimp

Take yourself to the islands with this Air Fried Coconut Shrimp!! Perfectly crunchy and infused with coconut, topped off with a delicious Orange Lime dipping sauce. 
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time18 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
Keyword: Air Fried Coconut Shrimp
Servings: 6


  • 20-30 Large Shrimp (thawed)
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Coconut Milk
  • 1 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Sweetened Coconut Flakes
  • 2-3 tbsp Coconut Oil

Orange Lime Dipping Sauce

  • 2 tbsp Orange Marmalade
  • 1 tbsp Lime Juice, or juice from 1/2 lim
  • 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes


  • Prepare shrimp by peeling and deveining if needed. Shrimp can easily be thawed by placing in a colander under running cold water for 6-8 minutes. Tails can be left on if you like. 
  • In 3 small bowls place flour, coconut milk and combine Panko and coconut in one bowl. 
  • One at a time place shrimp first in flour, then coconut milk and last into the Panko coconut mixture, making sure to completely cover the shrimp. 
  • Place shrimp in a single layer in the bottom of your air fryer pan drizzle with coconut oil. Depending on how big your air fryer is, these might need to be done in more than one batch. 
  • With the air fryer set to 375ºF set the timer for 8 minutes, after 4 minutes, open the fryer and flip the shrimp and drizzle with more coconut oil. Continue cooking for the remaining time until the shrimp are golden brown and crispy. 

Orange Lime Dipping Sauce

  • In a small bowl combine orange marmalade, lime juice and crushed red pepper flakes. Stir to combine. 


Serving: 0g | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg
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