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Air fried coconut shrimp on a plate with dipping sauce.
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5 from 4 votes

Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

Make coconut shrimp in the air fryer with this simple recipe that cooks up in under 10 minutes. It's healthier than takeout and guaranteed to be a crowd favorite especially when served with the mango chili dipping sauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time16 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Seafood
Keyword: air fryer coconut shrimp, coconut shrimp
Servings: 4




  • ½ cup all-purpose flour or 1:1 gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup whole wheat or regular panko breadcrumbs gluten-free if needed
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 lb. large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • Fresh cilantro chopped, for serving

Mago Chili Dipping Sauce

  • ½ cup frozen mango thawed
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • ¼ cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1 inch knob ginger


  • Make dipping sauce by adding thawed frozen mango, lime juice, Thai sweet chili sauce and ginger to a blender. Blend until combined and set aside.
    Mango chili dipping sauce in a high powered blender.
  • In a small bowl, combine flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
    A bowl of flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  • In a separate small bowl whisk eggs and set aside.
    Two eggs whisked in a bowl.
  • In a third bowl mix together breadcrumbs and shredded coconut.
    A bowl of breadcrumbs and shredded coconut.
  • Dip shrimp one by one in the flour mixture, then dredge it through the egg mixture, dripping off the excess, then finally dip it in the coconut mixture. Press the coconut panko mixture onto the shrimp to make sure it sticks fully. Place shrimp on a baking tray or plate lined with parchment paper until all the shrimp has been coated.
    A fork dipping a shrimp into the flour mixture.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 400ºF. Once heated, place shrimp in the air fryer in a single layer and spray lightly with cooking spray. Bake for 6 minutes, flipping once halfway, until shrimp is golden brown on the outside with crispy edges. You'll likely have to do this in multiple batches as to not overcrowd the air fryer.
    Coconut shrimp in the bucket of an air fryer.
  • Serve warm with fresh cilantro and dipping sauce.


Serving: 1/4 recipe with dipping sauce | Calories: 441kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 307mg | Sodium: 587mg | Potassium: 553mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 10g