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Coconut Shrimp with Sweet & Spicy Pineapple Sauce

Nikole's Kitchen
Crispy, golden coconut shrimp with a sweet & spicy pineapple dipping sauce is the ultimate crowd pleasing appetizer. Not only is this dish delicious, it is ready in under 30 minutes!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American, Caribbean
Servings 6


Coconut Shrimp

  • 1 lb. Shrimp peeled, devained, tails on
  • 1 Cup Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 Cup Shredded Coconut
  • 1 Egg
  • 3/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder

Sweet & Spicy Pineapple Sauce

  • 1/4 Cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 3 Tbsp Honey
  • 1/2 Tsp Soy Sauce or Tamari
  • 1 Tsp Sriracha
  • 1/2 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp Water
  • 1/2 Cup Crushed Pineapple
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt


  • Start by setting up a dredging station by placing the flour on a plate with 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Then crack the egg into a bowl with 1/4 tsp salt and whisk. Next add the shredded coconut to another plate with 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper and 1/2 tsp garlic powder.
  • Dip the shrimp in the flour, then the egg, and finally the shredded coconut. Repeat the process with all of the shrimp. Place the breaded shrimp into the airfryer (I recommend spraying the shrimp with olive oil spray). Cook the shrimp in the airfryer for 10 minutes.
  • While the shrimp are cooking add the white wine vinegar, 1/2 cup water, honey, sriracha, salt, and pepper flakes to a small saucepot over med-low heat. Once the mixture begins to boil add the cornstarch slurry (1 1/2 tsp cornstarch mixed in 1 tbsp water) and whisk until the sauce thickens. Shut off the heat and add the pineapple to the pot. Stir everything together until fully combined.
  • Serve the coconut shrimp with the sauce. Enjoy!
Keyword Airfryer, Appetizer, Coconut Shrimp, Crowd Pleaser, Pineapple Sauce, Shrimp, Snack