Give your classic coconut shrimp recipe a fresh flavor with with a spicy kick of chile.
Coconut shrimp is a crunchy, tasty, and always popular appetizer or snack. But don't ignore the dipping sauce! A good sauce can take this dish to the next level, and a little of heat can do wonders to balance out the sweetness of the coconut. This sweet chile sauce paired wonderfully with my coconut shrimp recipe. Hope you enjoy it too!
For the Sweet Chile Sauce
1/2cup maple syrup
3cloves garlic finely chopped
2tablespoons white vinegar
2tablespoons brown sugar
2tablespoons hot sauce
1tablespoon corn starch
1/2tablespoon chilli flakes
salt to taste
For the Shrimp
1pound shrimp use large shrimp, cleaned, peeled, tails on
1 1/2cups buttermilk low-fat
1/3cup hot sauce I used Valentina brand
1/2teaspoon granulated garlic powder
1/2teaspoon white pepper
For Coconut Breading
1/2cup potato starch or cornstarch
1/2cup cornmeal yellow fine
1cup coconuts flaked and unsweetened
1/2tablespoon Crushed red pepper flakes plus more to taste
Whisk together the buttermilk, hot sauce and spices. Add the cleaned and peeled shrimp, cover and marinate for at least 2 hours.
In a shallow baking dish, combine all of the ingredients for the coconut breading. Stir well to combine and set aside. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
After shrimp has marinated, drain off the excess liquid and coat each shrimp with breading. Use your hands to pat the coating onto shrimp on both sides. Transfer to lined baking sheet. Chill for 1 hour.
In a heavy medium pot, preheat 3 cups frying oil (I used grapeseed oil) to medium heat for 7 to 8 minutes. Preheat oven to 200 ºF.
Fry 4 to 5 shrimp at one time, turning as needed, for about 3 minutes. Transfer to baking sheet lined with metal rack and keep shrimp warm in oven until ready to serve.
Drizzle with mango chile sauce and sprinkle with extra coconut and pepper flakes.
For Sweet Chile Sauce
In a small saucepan whisk all ingredients together until combined.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes or until thickened.
Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly and enjoy!