Coconut Shrimp and Thai Mayo

Yesterday was a fantastic day. My brother and his wife had their second child. Woohoo!! Little Grace Leah came into the world at 8:30 in the morning. My brother called shortly thereafter to give us the news. I am so excited for them and I cannot wait to meet my new niece. Something interesting happened on the phone call with my brother. I am a Falcons fan and my brother is a Saints fan. Both of our teams have been eliminated from the playoffs. We haven’t talked to eachother since our team have lost. Yesterday though, when my brother called, we didn’t once talk about football. It was all focussed on the baby. And that is as it should be – football is great and all, but it is just a game.

There are only three more appetizers to post. If you haven`t seen all the previous recipes, you can find them here. I spent some time considering what my next three recipes would be. I looked back at the previous posts and discovered I had not made any appetizers with seafood! How could that be??? Immediately I knew what my next hors d’ourves would be – shrimp! These coconut shrimp are insanely easy to make. The crisp breading of panko and coconut goes so well with the tender shrimp. The Thai mayo is the perfect dipping sauce providing some tang from the lime juice and a hint of heat from the sriracha sauce. This is a winner and I really encourage you to give this one a whril. You will not regret it!

Shrimp cook extremely quickly. They only need to be in the oil for about one minute. Once the breading is a golden brown the shrimp should be cooked through.

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
22 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Steve Cylka
  • 20 shrimp
  • 1/3 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp sriracha sauce
  • 1/2 lime , juiced
  1. Peel the shrimp, leaving the tail on the shrimp. Devein the shrimp, if desired.
  2. Line up three bowls. In the first bowl, mix the rice flour, cayenne pepper and salt. In the second lightly beat the eggs. In the third bowl mix the panko with the coconut.
  3. Hold the shrimp by the tail and dredge in the flour. Shake it to remove any excess flour. Then dip the shrimp in the egg mixture. Finally, place the shrimp in the panko and coconut mixture. Move the shrimp around to make sure the breading is all over the shrimp.
  4. Heat the oil to 375F. Drop the shrimp into the hot oil. Place only as many shrimp in as your fryer can handle. Do not overcrowd the fryer.
  5. The shrimp cooks very quickly. After about a minute (or even less!) the breading will be a golden brown and the shrimp should be cooked through. Remove from the oil and drain on a paper towel.
  6. To make the Thai mayo, mix together the mayo, sriracha sauce and lime juice.


  1. Great series! – and your coconut shrimp looks so perfect I wish I could reach in and grab one!

  2. Delish and stylish! Congratulations about your new little niece… I predict that she’ll grow to love coming over to eat at her uncle’s!

  3. Nothing, ever, beats coconut with shrimp. This looks perfect to me. 🙂

  4. Yum! Looks delicious. Congrats on your new niece!

  5. Love this! I’ve never made coconut shrimp, but I’m definitely going to try after seeing this recipe. Beautiful photos too!

  6. I really love coconut shrimp and these look wonderful. I’d make them – but I think I’d rather you do them for me! Tee Hee! Anytime – you know where I live! And congrats on being an uncle again!

  7. I love shrimp and getting it fresh in Fla. This is on my to do list.
    Thanks Steve, Regina

  8. I’m such a sucker for coconut shrimp… Looks wonderful!

  9. Congrats to your brother on the new born! Yes, football rivalry does seen trivial when you get a new addition to the family. I hope you get to meet Grace soon!
    This shrimp does look delicious. I like it so much I find it hard to keep as just an appetizer instead of a main course. Great flavors in that dip-yum! Well done Steve!

  10. Congrats on the baby!! How exciting!! This coconut shrimp looks delicious.. I am SO into shrimp these days for some reason!

  11. Congrats on your new niece! That is so awesome!

    As for the shrimp, now you’re talking my language! I adore fried shrimp though it’s not something I have often and combined with this mayo, I would happily eat a few (dozen) of these.

  12. Do you Fed Ex this shrimp? 🙂

    Congrats on becoming an Uncle for the second time!

  13. These shrimp look so good! I’m getting hungry just looking at the pictures!!

  14. Oh, does this shrimp look amazing! Congratulations, Uncle Peppercorn!

  15. Those shrimp look really good and I like the presentation with them standing up like that.

  16. First and foremost congrats to you and your family for your new niece. A beautiful bundle of pink joy is something to truly be happy about! You really hit it out of the park with these shrimp… and the Thai mayo!! I would go nuts with with dish. Really beautiful pictures too!! Well done all around! 🙂

  17. Wow, these look fantastic! Got to try these . I love shrimp.

  18. I have featured this recipe on my blog for my weekly seafood round-up and have linked this recipe to your original post so that my readers will be forwarded to your site. Thank you for allowing me to share! Here is the link:

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