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Monday, December 29, 2008

Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Chili Mayo Recipe


This was one of the recipes that I had wanted to include in my cookbook, but totally forgot about it! Too late now, as all my recipes and photos have been submitted to the publisher. boo for me but yay for you!

And yay for Nathan, who loves Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Chili Mayo so much:

recipe for coconut shrimp

The shrimp is breaded with a mixture of Japanese breadcrumbs, called Panko and sweet coconut flakes. A totally easy recipe that is even better than the overly battered Coconut Shrimp appetizers found at many restaurants. Cheaper too!

I wrote the recipe for my friend Elise at Simply Recipes. Head over there to read all about panko breadcrumbs, the secret to successful breading and the super easy recipe for Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Chili Mayo.

41 Responses to “Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Chili Mayo Recipe”

  1. Barry — 12/29/08 @ 11:08 am

    Oh yeah, I’m sooo on this. Perfect winter escape (food-wise at least).

  2. Betty — 12/29/08 @ 11:41 am

    This looks so delicious! Im definitely going to make it.
    and your little model is adorable!

  3. Deb — 12/29/08 @ 12:03 pm

    Hard to say which is more eye catching – the delectable shrimp in their crispy coating or adorable Nathan holding the plate oh so carefully.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. My “baby” (25 years old but home for the holidays) will love this too!

  4. Lys — 12/29/08 @ 12:49 pm

    Now this looks great. I’m having a soiree and I’m beyond tempted to try it :)

  5. RecipeGirl — 12/29/08 @ 1:34 pm

    I love this recipe. Coconut shrimp alone is one of my faves, but that sauce is a good idea too. Lucky for us you get to share w/ the world now instead of waiting for the cookbook :)

  6. tuttifoodi — 12/29/08 @ 1:37 pm

    looks really great ! please visit http://www.tuttifoodi.com thanks

  7. I’m such a sucker for sweet-chile mayo, or any chile mayo. mmm. so making this. :)

  8. Elizabeth — 12/29/08 @ 2:55 pm

    This sounds divine. Yum! I have to make this soon!

  9. shavedicesundays — 12/29/08 @ 3:00 pm

    The hubby loves this but I haven’t tried it yet. Thanks for the inspiration and happy 2009 to you and the whole family!

  10. Janet — 12/29/08 @ 3:21 pm

    Dee-lish! He is SO cute! Watch out momma, those eyes are gonna grab those girls by the handful!

  11. bee — 12/29/08 @ 3:55 pm

    dear jaden,
    here’s wishing you and your family a wonderul 2009.

  12. Campusfork — 12/29/08 @ 4:50 pm

    Great photos.

    I love fried shrimp.
    Panko is the perfect blend of crunchiness adding a delicious “bite.” Crust shatters with one bite.

    Keep writing!!

  13. Nellie Gatewood — 12/29/08 @ 6:03 pm

    My sons (3 of them) love shrimp! Will be trying this recipe soon.

  14. Lily — 12/29/08 @ 6:17 pm

    Oooh, I wonder if this would work for making coconut chicken fingers, or if one could bread whitefish or salmon similarly?

    Also wonder if one could make these ahead and freeze them, to reheat later. Hmm…

  15. SteamyKitchen — 12/29/08 @ 6:30 pm

    Yes – technique will work for any protein. You could even bake the chicken fingers.

  16. Kevin — 12/29/08 @ 9:16 pm

    Now that is my kind of shrimp!

  17. noobcook — 12/30/08 @ 1:02 am

    looks finger lickin good! Have a foodtastic 2009! =)

  18. Kristen M. — 12/30/08 @ 2:34 am

    This looks amazing. Panko is my new secret ingredient for making yummy meatballs. Thanks for giving me another reason to use it.

  19. pigpigscorner — 12/30/08 @ 9:33 am

    I am addicted to Panko! And sweet chili mayo sounds yummy with it!

  20. Diana — 12/30/08 @ 10:35 am

    Oooh, I love Panko Coconut Shrimp. In fact I love Panko anything. We hardly use regular breadcrumbs. My husbands favorite is baked macaroni and cheese, or any casserole I put Panko on top of, he always says “I like the crunchies!”

  21. Madeline — 12/30/08 @ 8:19 pm

    Oh, I am with Nathan. Love, love, love coconut shrimp. I’ve never made them with Panko crumbs though, sounds like a nice light alternative. Happy New Years Jaden!

  22. GCS — 12/30/08 @ 9:21 pm

    Happy New Year!

  23. Asianmommy — 12/31/08 @ 12:59 am

    Ooh–delicious! I need to get me some Panko.

  24. Paula — 12/31/08 @ 2:18 am

    Ooooh, I love that sweet chili mayo! It sounds way more complicated than 3 ingredients! YUM! Best wishes to you for a joyous New Year!

  25. Jude — 12/31/08 @ 4:12 am

    Ooh coconut shrimp.. Good stuff. I like the addition of panko for that extra crunch.

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  27. meeso — 12/31/08 @ 12:32 pm

    Wow, super tasty! This is my kind of food!

  28. Diana — 12/31/08 @ 1:26 pm

    Hey I read your column in the Tampa Tribune last week…it felt so ol’ skool to hold an actual paper w/ your column, instead of seeing the recipe 2nd hand online. :)

  29. alina — 12/31/08 @ 1:27 pm

    I am SERIOUSLY craving some coconut shrimp for lunch now. Thanks! That is a sweet little model you have there…quite photogenic. Happy New Year!

  30. Maya — 12/31/08 @ 2:31 pm

    Happy New Year Jaden!! I could go for a few of those right now :)

  31. Passionate Eater — 12/31/08 @ 5:00 pm

    I cannot WAIT for your cookbook woman, get that thing off of the presses so I can buy one for all of my family members! Thank you for this coconut shrimp recipe too–I think it can go in your NEXT followup cookbook!

  32. alicat — 1/2/09 @ 1:59 pm

    I tried this recipe last night. And everyone loved it! I love the panko breadcrumbs and coconut together — wonderful texture. My 4 year-old daughter loves shrimp and proceeded to consume as many as her little mouth could fit. Let’s just say that I will not be introducing her to lobster anytime soon. :-) My 6 year-old son is more picky but he couldn’t stop eating them. I was lucky to even get any shrimp!

    Thanks Jaden!

  33. Jaime — 1/4/09 @ 4:43 pm

    mmmm i love coconut shrimp but i’ve never seen sweet chili mayo before! great idea

  34. Alisa — 1/5/09 @ 7:46 pm

    My mother-in-law would love me forever if I made these for her! I guess I will have to get acquainted with panko.

  35. Carolyn Jung — 1/8/09 @ 3:52 pm

    Congrats on getting all the photos and recipes done. That must have been a major undertaking. You should be proud of that huge accomplishment.

    And don’t fret over not including the coconut shrimp recipe in this book. Just means there’s more good stuff for the cookbook sequel. ;)

  36. Kristie — 1/13/09 @ 10:17 am

    Made these last night AND the night before. Can’t get enough. Yummy, yummmy, yummy!! Thanks for the great recipes!

  37. Kelli — 1/13/09 @ 5:54 pm

    Made these over the weekend! Yum! The breading was so light! I’ve enjoyed making all these recipes.

  38. Michelle — 1/19/09 @ 5:11 pm

    This looks truly irresistible to me. I’ve never even heard of planko though…

  39. seafoodrecipes — 4/7/09 @ 10:25 pm

    hello,your Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Chili Mayo is so cool,i really like it very much. I am a chinese food amateur and like cooking the dish myself,I’ll try it,I hope I could cook this dish as yours,thanks for sharing again.

  40. They look so good! This is the first post I’ve found of yours – I’m bookmarking to read more.

  41. Ocean frieght — 6/30/11 @ 3:00 am

    looks really delicious .. Nice recipe of shrimp

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