Coconut Cardamom Shrimp

January 31, 2011
0 Ratings
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

I have always liked the general idea of coconut shrimp, but have never liked the recipes that were over battered and very sweet. So, this recipe uses unsweetened shredded coconut. Sugar is added so that there is control over the amount of sweetness added. The simple panko and coconut is all that is used to coat the batter. The final sprinkle of green cardamom adds a unique and delicious spice to the shrimp. —dymnyno

What You'll Need
  • 1 pound raw jumbo shrimp
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • flour(I use wondra)
  • 2 egg whites, whisked
  • 1 tablespoon green cardamom, finely ground, or commercially bottled
  • sprinkle of sea salt
  1. Remove the shells from the shrimp, leaving the tails.
  2. Whisk 2 egg whites in a small bowl.
  3. Pulse the panko and shredded coconut until it is the consistency of cornmeal. Add the sugar and mix.
  4. Dust the shrimp with the flour /Wondra. Dip the shrimp in the egg white, shake off the excess and then dredge in the panko and coconut mixture.
  5. In a deep pot heat about 4 inches of vegetable oil until hot enough to deep fry the shrimp.
  6. Deep fry the shrimp until they turn golden in color. This will only take a few minutes. Don't crown the pot. If the oil starts to boil up, turn down the heat accordingly.
  7. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with cardamom and finish with a touch of sea salt.

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  • TheWimpyVegetarian
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  • TasteFood
  • Lizthechef

10 Reviews

cheese1227 February 5, 2011
I love the picture. So very fun.
TheWimpyVegetarian February 1, 2011
I love this Mary!! I particularly like that you used unsweetened coconut and then added how much you wanted. Great approach! And cardamom with the coconut sounds like a great combo.
nannydeb February 1, 2011
That looks and sounds fabulous!
TasteFood January 31, 2011
Bravo, Mary. This sounds great!
Lizthechef January 31, 2011
You are at the top of your game here, Mare - terrific!
dymnyno January 31, 2011
thanks, Liz.
hardlikearmour January 31, 2011
OH MY GOSH! This sounds amazing. I love coconut shrimp, and the addition of cardamom is inspired.
drbabs January 31, 2011
I bet this is great.
dymnyno January 31, 2011
I ate all the models after I took the picture!
drbabs January 31, 2011
I'd have done the same thing!