Beer Battered Coconut Shrimp

beer-battered-coconut-shrimpCoconut Shrimp are one of my favorite appetizers when I’m out at an Asian restaurant.  This recipe for Beer Battered Coconut Shrimp is delicious.  It offers the great coconut flavor of a coconut shrimp with the great, crunchy coating of a beer batter.

You can create any type of dipping sauce that you like.  The marmalade dipping sauce below offers a very nice sweet, tart, and spicy flavor profile.  It is really refreshing!  Garnish with fresh cilantro if that is a flavor you enjoy!



  • 1 pound peeled (tails on) and deveined fresh shrimp (preferably jumbo sized)
  • 1 cup pancake mix (plain)
  • 1 cup beer (a lighter beer is better)
  • 2 tablespoon coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup coconut flakes (and more on hand just in case!)
  • Light cooking oil (like canola oil)


  • Rinse the shrimp well and butterfly them
  • Combine pancake mix, beer and coconut milk and mix well with a whisk to remove lumps. Dredge the shrimp in flour, then beer batter, then coat with the coconut. NOTE: have this done before heating oil as they need constant attention or they will burn
  • Heat the oil in sauce pan (2-3 inches deep) over medium to almost med-high (about 350 degrees F). Fry the shrimp 5 to 6 at a time, until golden brown on all edges. Drain on paper towel and serve with sauce.

For Marmalade Dipping Sauce

  • 1 cup rough cut orange marmalade
  • 5 Teaspoons minced, fresh ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 – 3/4 Teaspoon red pepper flakes
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