Baked Coconut Shrimp with Pina Colada Dipping Sauce

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Baked Coconut Shrimp with Pina Colada Dipping Sauce

Grab your shades and a beach towel because this Baked Coconut Shrimp Recipe with Pina Colada dipping sauce will have you thinking tropical thoughts!  Since these sweet shrimp are baked and not fried you’ll get all the tropical taste without all the fat!


I’m still not ready for cold weather.  It dipped into the 50’s for afternoon highs this past Saturday and it was a bit of a shock to the system.


As much as I tried over the years, I can’t control the weather (maybe I’d still be a TV Meteorologist if I could!) so I’ll just have to accept the changing seasons and dream of long days at the beach while I’m wearing my coat.

My only real protest to the season change is these perfectly sweet, pinapple-y and coconut-y shrimp.  This baked coconut shrimp recipe is not a traditional fall casserole or pumpkin fare, but they are so good you will want to eat them year round.


These shrimp may look a little tricky to make, but trust me they are worth it.

To get the crispy crust without frying, you dip the shrimp into three separate coatings.  First cornstarch, second beat egg whites and third a coconut and panko mixture.


You plop them on a cookie sheet and bake for less then ten minutes. This baked coconut shrimp recipe is easy.



While the shrimp are cooling, you make a simple Pina Colada Dipping Sauce that will have you wanting a mixed drink with an umbrella in no time.


This Baked Coconut Shrimp Recipe is simply divine and the Pina Colada Dipping Sauce will certainly make these a family favorite!


Baked Coconut Shrimp & Pina Colada Dipping Sauce
Grab your shades and a beach towel because this Baked Coconut Shrimp Recipe with Pina Colada dipping sauce will have you thinking tropical thoughts! Since these sweet shrimp are baked and not fried you’ll get all the tropical taste without all the fat!
Course: Appetizer
Author: Julie Wunder
For Shrimp
  • 12 big 26-30 count shrimp, tails on & deveined
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut
  • 2 tablespoons panko
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
For Sauce
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk canned
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon light coconut milk canned
  • Cooking Spray
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper.
  4. Get out three small bowls. Put the cornstarch in the first bowl, the egg white in a second bowl and a mixture of the coconut and panko in the third bowl.
  5. Mix the egg white until they get frothy and start forming peaks.
  6. Dip each shrimp individually in the egg whites allowing a thick coating to stick. Next dip the shrimp into the cornstarch. Finish by carefully pressing each shrimp into the coconut panko mixture until it is completely covered.
  7. Place the shrimp on the cookie sheet.
  8. Repeat with the rest of the shrimp, not allowing the shrimp to touch on the cookie sheet.
  9. Bake on 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes
  10. For the Sauce:
  11. In a non-stick sauce pan bring the coconut milk, crushed pineapple, sugar and vanilla to a simmer. Allow to cook for 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
  12. Mix the cornstarch and addition teaspoon of coconut milk in a small bowl.
  13. Slowly pour the starch mixture into the pan, whisking as you pour.
  14. The sauce should be thick within 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and serve with the coconut shrimp.


Your turn?

Cold weather- yay or nay?

What is your favorite beach?

My favorite far away beach is Wailea Beach on Maui.  My favorite close beach is Hilton Head.

By | 2018-06-28T14:22:18-04:00 October 9th, 2014|Dinner, Fish & Seafood, Food, Lunch, Pescatarian Meals, Snacks & Appetizers|12 Comments


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  2. Jessie October 9, 2014 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    This is the first time I’ve ever heard of pina colada dipping sauce. Very very unique!

  3. Kathy Boggs October 9, 2014 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Nay on the cold weather! My favorite beach is Panama City Beach, Fla.!! Beautiful clear water and white sand!! I love shrimp and coconut both, but not together!!

  4. Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections October 9, 2014 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Yummmm! I love coconut shrimp soooo much. I just made my own recipe for popcorn coconut shrimp recently. I was surprised at how easy it is to make. I want to try this sauce. Sounds delicious!

  5. Lisa B October 9, 2014 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Recipe sounds amazing, Julie! I’m eating at your house tonight! 😛

  6. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie October 9, 2014 at 8:32 am - Reply

    I would have to eat this with my heater blowing, a bathing suit on and a pina colada in my hand. I’m a cold weather girl, but warm weather always reminds me of vacations and living in Florida. My favorite beach would have to be Destin. It’s just so pretty! Great, now I need a beach vacation…

    • JulieWunder October 9, 2014 at 8:59 am - Reply

      I know! I’ve already been stalking vacation websites….

  7. Dan Steadman October 9, 2014 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Cold weather absolutely! Favorite beach, right now I would have to say Kiawah Island, we had a great family vacation there in June, quiet, secluded but enough for us to do as a family…plus it helps that the Kiawah Marathon keeps popping up on my Facebook page with “you’ve done it before, have you done it here?” Kiawah Marathon

    • JulieWunder October 9, 2014 at 9:00 am - Reply

      Wow- Facebook advertising is creepy yet very effective. I’ve heard that is a nice marathon. Only downside is a I think it is a 13.1 loop.

  8. Jenny October 9, 2014 at 7:11 am - Reply

    Saturday was SHOCKING! This recipe sounds amazing!!

  9. Blane Sherer October 9, 2014 at 5:16 am - Reply

    You asked about cold weather. For me it’s not so much that I like cold weather perse as it is that I like living somewhere where I can experience 4 distinct seasons. I’m also happy with the trade off of milder summers here with colder winters compared to say the Piedmont area of NC.

    • JulieWunder October 9, 2014 at 9:02 am - Reply

      It is nice to have the seasons, although winter is overrating in my opinion 🙂

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