This Coconut Shrimp recipe is based on the basic Aussie recipe you can find on the menu at just about any Outback Steak and Grill Restaurant. I wouldn’t dare say that it is their exact recipe but I would definitely argue that it is just as good, if not better because the similarities are uncanny. And if you’re a fan of the way they cook their prawns, then this is the recipe for you because these are the best.
Outback Coconut Shrimp
Most Restaurants butterfly their shrimp and fry them in fresh leafed coconut, and so do I but I don’t use Panko. I’m not saying that they do but some recipes call for it and I find that it isn’t necessary if you take different steps. For example, I dip my shrimp in Tempura instead of an egg wash and I make the batter a little bit thicker than usual to assure the coconut stays on the shrimp. If you do this, instead of dipping the shrimp in egg-wash, you’ll have an easier time frying your Coconut Shrimp and they’ll turn out crispier. That is, if you follow my Tempura recipe.
Coconut Shrimp Ingredients:
1 lbs Shrimp
1 cup Tempura Batter
1 cup Shredded Coconut
Oil for frying
Butterfly the Shrimp by cutting a small incision down the back of the spine 3/4 of the way through. Dip the Shrimp in the Tempura Batter then roll in the Shredded Coconut. Pan Fry on medium heat with only 1/8 inch of oil in the bottom of the pan for 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove the Coconut Shrimp and place on paper towels that can absorb the frying oil, then serve.