Coconut Shrimp with Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce

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Coconut-breaded shrimp is one of the most popular ways of enjoying this seafood, because of the pairing of sweet with savory. A sweet and spicy dipping sauce recipe is included to take these shrimp over the top. This coconut shrimp with sweet and spicy dipping sauce recipe would work well as a main dish served over rice, but it would be a welcome addition to a party menu. If serving these as tasty snacks for a holiday or new year’s get-together, consider serving these shrimp on a platter with toothpicks so that they can be picked up easily. A little finely chopped cilantro will be a great flavor combination for these shrimp with an Asian-inspired sauce, and provide a pop of green.

If you are looking for a dynamite shrimp recipe, this one is perfect, because the shrimp have a pleasant, crispy coating, and a sweet and savory dipping sauce. Part of what gives these shrimp their crisp coating is the use of panko, which is a variety of Japanese breadcrumbs. Panko is becoming a favorite among breaded recipes because it becomes crisper when fried. Panko comes from bread that has been baked with an electrical current so that crust doesn’t form on the bread. The result is a very crisp crumb, which will resist moisture, like oil and grease, and be lighter and crisper than traditional bread coatings. Breading any food can be tedious, but there are some ways to make it easier. To start, every breading station will involve three dishes of breading ingredients; flour, egg wash, and breadcrumbs. In the case of this coconut shrimp recipe, coconut milk is whisked with egg for a coconut-flavored egg wash. Always keep one hand free for the dry ingredients, and the other free for the wet ingredients, or else your hands may become caked in breading mixture. To make the process of breading shrimp go even faster, try breading the shrimp in batches of five or six. Just place handfuls of the shrimp into the flour mixture, and toss to coat, followed by the subsequent stations. Make sure that each shrimp is sufficiently coated before moving onto the next station or else your panko shrimp recipe will look patchy.

The sauce is one of the best dip recipes because it marries sweet, sour and spicy flavors in one bowl. This sauce is Asian-inspired because it has soy sauce for a salty, umami taste, as well as the delicate tanginess of rice vinegar. The red chile pepper flakes add some heat, but if you prefer more flavor, sriracha will contribute a salty, peppery taste to your dipping sauce recipe along with the heat. Although this coconut breading is most common to shrimp, feel free to try it on other seafood as well, like calamari rings or scallops. Whether you are serving this shrimp recipe as a main meal or appetizer, it is sure to please everyone you serve it to. Thank you to Patrice, the author of Circle-B-Kitchen recipe blog, for sharing her coconut shrimp with sweet and spicy dipping sauce recipe with us.

Nutrition Facts for:Coconut Shrimp with Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce From Circle B Kitchen
Ingredients: Shrimp, flour, kosher salt, unsweetened coconut, panko-style bread crumbs, eggs, flour, coconut milk.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 4 servings. * Per Serving:Calories 390, Calories from Fat 106, Total Fat 11.8g 18%, Saturated Fat 7.4g 37%, Cholesterol 321mg 107%, Sodium 411mg 17%, Potassium 349mg 10%, Carbohydrates 35.5g 12%, Dietary Fiber 3.2g 13%, Sugars 2.3g, Protein 33.9g Vitamin A 9%, Vitamin C 2%, Calcium 14%, Iron 31%

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