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Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp with Piña Colada Sauce

This spicy air fryer coconut shrimp with pina colada sauce just screams summer at the beach. Try this delicious air fried shrimp for yourself.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer coconut shrimp, coconut shrimp
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 pound raw jumbo shrimp, peeled with tails kept on
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, if desired
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • ½ cup plain bread crumbs
  • ¾ cup coconut flakes, shredded

Piña Colada Dipping Sauce

  • 1-½ cup piña colada mix
  • ¼ cup water
  • cup sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons crushed pineapple
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1 lime all juice from it
  • 1-2 tablespoons of cornstarch

Instructions

  • Get out and measure your ingredients.
  • In a shallow bowl or on a large plate, mix together the flour, salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper and garlic powder. This will be the first station used for preparing the shrimp for cooking.
  • In a medium size bowl, beat together the eggs and hot sauce. Beat until both are thoroughly combined. This will be the second station for the shrimp.
  • In another shallow bowl or large plate, combine the bread crumbs with the coconut flakes. Sift together until well combined. This will be the final station for the shrimp.
  • Stir until each are combined.
  • Be sure all of the shrimp are peeled and the tails are still intact.
  • Taking each shrimp one by one, or in batches of 5-7 at a time, place the shrimp in the flour mixture and coat evenly around each shrimp.
  • After the shrimp are fully coated in the flour mixture, submerge the shrimp in the egg mixture, covering completely.
  • Lastly, remove the shrimp from the egg mixture and place in the bread crumb and coconut flake combination. Be sure to allow the bread crumb mixture to cover the shrimp entirely.
  • Set aside while you prepare your dipping sauce.

Dipping Sauce

  • To begin your dipping sauce, mix all the ingredients inside a medium cooking skillet. Combine well and heat over high heat until boiling.
  • Once your sauce begins to boil, reduce the heat to low and allow the sauce to simmer for 4-5 minutes.
  • When sauce has completed simmering, pour the dish through a small or medium strainer into a separate bowl. Discard what is left in the strainer and set the strained sauce aside for serving. It should be a silky smooth texture.
  • After each shrimp has gone through all three stations, place inside the air fryer for cooking. Only place enough shrimp to cover the bottom of the air fryer. Be sure not to layer shrimp or have them tough too much. You will likely load 2-3 batches to cook the entire dish.
  • Cook shrimp at 385 degrees for 4 minutes if unit is not preheated, otherwise 3 minutes. After cooking time is complete, carefully flip shrimp over and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  • When shrimp are fully cooked, carefully remove from the air fryer and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before serving.
  • Serve with Pina Colada dipping sauce and fresh lime (optional).

Notes

  • If shrimp become too dark and crispy after cooking, reduce the first cook time from 4 minutes down to 3 minutes, if the unit is heated or not.
  • To give your shrimp a more golden color, spray with cooking spray or a sprayable version of olive oil in between cook times.