Baked Coconut Shrimp

Everyone loves coconut shrimp. Especially here in America. Shrimp are the most consumed seafood in the U.S. and when you add coconut and fry the little gems, they become the one seafood even self-proclaimed I-don’t-like-seafood people will eat. Even kids like coconut shrimp! But, I’m not a fan of frying foods on a regular basis so I bake them … and they’re just as lovely only sans the grease. Best thing about this recipe, there’s absolutely nothing complicated and it can be done in less than 30 minutes. So give it a whirl … your arteries will thank you 😉

2 lbs jumbo (21-25 per pound) shrimp, peeled and deveined, preferably tail on
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup Panko crumbs
4-5 egg whites
¼ cup milk
Salt and pepper to taste

Rinse shrimp and set aside. Combine dry ingredients in one bowl, wet in the another. Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray or line with parchment paper. Dip shrimp into egg mixture, then into dry coating evenly. Place on baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Done. serve with your favorite dipping sauce or simply as is.

Coming up NEXT on the blog … Lobster thermidor (yes, I’ve been promising this one for weeks!) and sole Florentine. Want more from The Midwest Mermaid? Be sure to follow along here, and on Instagram for all the latest in seafood news and chews | @shaunanosler

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Hey there. I’m Shauna—a West Coast transplant in the landlocked state of Indiana … when I moved here I missed the beaches, the mountains, the desert, the rivers … and it took me a while to find places nearby that paralleled my old stomping grounds. BUT. Now that I’ve lived here for over 15 years, I’ve had time to explore the region and you know what? It’s amazing. There’s so much to do—from skiing in northern Michigan to relaxing lakeside in southern Kentucky to rocking the nightlife in one of the many metropolitan areas. And I love it here. I really do. BUT. I do miss the sea … and the sand and the rush of the waves … the smell of seawater … even the sting of too much sun after a day spent lollygagging at the beach. And I miss the constant supply of seafood and shellfish and riverfish? About that … since I’ve moved to the Midwest I’ve noticed that a lot of people here don’t consider fish that come from the river seafood … I’m not sure I agree, but hence the new word I’ve created, “riverfish” … time will tell if Webster picks it up ; ) So my blog, Seafood is The New Black, is my way of bringing a little bit of sea life (or is it sealife?) to the Midwest. And over on Seafood in the Circle City, you can read up on my favorite Indianapolis restaurants that serve seafood, and serve it well. As you read along, you’ll find all kinds of information … some that you might find more useful than others—and some, you might just find amusing … or not. Either way, and if nothing else, I hope you leave my little space here on the world wide web a little refreshed and maybe even a little inspired to bring a little bit of the ocean home with you. (Yes, I did use the word “little” four times in one sentence … it’s OK … mermaids like to repeat themselves.) Cheers! The Midwest Mermaid Oh, and if your curious, yes, I do actually write for a living … if you want to know about the organizations I work with and the publications where you can find my land legs, swim on over to the “Portfolio” tab … and thanks for visiting.

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