A delicious low carb treat, this coconut shrimp recipe is less than 5 ingredients! It makes a great keto appetizer or serve it as a dinner over a salad.
I am a total appetizer fiend. I will always go for a meal of 3-5 appetizers over one main meal. Give me some buffalo chicken bites, a few bacon crescent rolls or a gorgeous charcuterie board and I’m in heaven!
But those aren’t exactly calorie-friendly treats, and I’m trying to be a bit more conscious of what I’m eating lately. These healthy coconut shrimp are perfect! Delicious flavors, low carb, and even healthier because they’re made in the air fryer.
And you totally need to pigeon-hole these as an appetizer-only recipe either. These are great as a low carb dinner option too! You could even serve them over a salad for an even more filling meal.
I know that buying and eating healthy might not be that easy for this year. Luckily, there are tons of keto delivery options!
For this recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients: large or x-large shrimp, eggs, coconut flour, unsweetened shredded coconut, air fryer.
How to Make Keto Coconut Shrimp in the Air Fryer
You’ll need 3 small dishes to divide your ingredients between. In one dish, pour about 1/4 cup of coconut flour. In a separate dish, crack your eggs and whisk with a fork until frothy. In the 3rd dish, place the shredded coconut.
Set up a little assembly line going in order from the bottom left around to the top right.
Make sure your shrimp are peeled and deveined. Then dip each shrimp in the coconut flour.
Next dip in beaten eggs. Be sure to let the excess egg drip off into the bowl before moving onto the coconut.
To dip in the coconut, I lay the egg down in the bowl and then use a spoon or your fingers to cover the entire shrimp in coconut. Press it on firmly and then place coated shrimp in your air fryer basket.
I cooked them exactly like you see in the above picture. I didn’t spray with a cooking spray, but you can spray them lightly if you want them extra golden.
I also made sure to leave them in a single layer rather than stacking them.
Set your air fryer to 400 degrees and cook 6-8 minutes. I stopped them halfway through to flip them. Just keep an eye on them so they don’t cook too long.
Serve immediately with your favorite coconut shrimp dipping sauce! I just used cocktail sauce since that’s what I had on-hand. If you have a little more time, this Low Carb Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce from I Breathe, I’m Hungry is delicious!
Coconut flour: You can easily use almond flour as another low carb flour option. If you aren’t worrying about carbs, feel free to use all-purpose flour instead.
Eggs: I used 2 whole eggs, because I’m not a fan of food waste and had nothing else to do with the yolks. If you aren’t like me, though, using just egg whites actually works a little better. You won’t have as much of the “goopy” stuff to let drip off before you transfer to the coconut bowl. Just use 2 egg whites and whip them with a fork.
Shrimp: I would use either large or x-large shrimp. Anything smaller is a little bit harder to manage with all of the dipping stations. I highly suggest using raw shrimp rather than cooked shrimp since they need to be cooked a certain amount of time to crisp up the coconut. If you used shrimp that was already cooked, it would end up too chewy.
Air Fryer: If you don’t have an air fryer, that’s no reason to shy away from this recipe! You can bake them in the oven and still have a healthy party appetizer! Just place coated shrimp on a baking sheet that’s been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake at 425 for about 10 minutes or until the shrimp are no longer pink.
Low Carb Coconut Shrimp
- 1 lb Raw, large shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1/4 cup Coconut Flour
- 2 Eggs
- 1 cup Unsweetened, flaked coconut
- In a small bowl, add coconut flour. In a 2nd bowl, add eggs and beat well. In a 3rd bowl, add flaked coconut.
- Dip the shrimp in the coconut flour. Then dip in eggs, making sure to remove excess egg. Finally, add shrimp to coconut bowl and press to coat the entire shrimp with coconut.
- Placed coated shrimp in the air fryer basket. Continue adding shrimp until you have a single layer of shrimp in the basket.
- Cook in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Stop cooking halfway through to flip shrimp. They are done when shrimp is pink and coconut is golden brown.
- You can substitute the coconut flour with almond flour or all-purpose flour (though this is not low carb)
- serve with cocktail sauce or a sweet chili dipping sauce
- If you don't have an air fryer, you can bake in the oven at 425 degrees for 10 minutes