Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
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These crispy Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp are an easy and crowd-pleasing appetizer of plump, juicy shrimp in a crispy coconut and panko coating. Add your favorite dipping sauce for a complete dish.

Extra-Crispy Air Fried Coconut Shrimp

Who doesn’t love the word “crispy” when it comes to food? Whether it’s savory Crispy Salmon Patties or sweet Air Fryer French Toast Sticks, if we’re talking about something crisp, golden and crunchy, you can sign me up. And bonus points if that thing is also made in an air fryer without the added oils of deep-frying. Well, these coconut shrimp check all of those boxes, and then some.

This is a totally crowd-pleasing finger food appetizer or snack to serve for game day or any casual get-together. It looks (and sounds) impressive, but this is actually a simple recipe that you can throw together in just about 35 minutes.

Each juicy shrimp is coated in a light but flavorful breading of sweet coconut, crunchy panko breadcrumbs and dried parsley for freshness. All that’s missing is a creamy or spicy dip for dunking!

ingredients for coconut shrimp in small bowls

What You’ll Need

This is a simple recipe with a few basic ingredients to coat large shrimp. Here’s what you need:

  • Eggs. These work to bind the coconut breading together and help it stick to the shrimp.
  • Lime juice. This adds a surprising amount of fresh, zesty citrus flavor to cut through the richness of coconut.
  • Coconut shavings. You can use sweetened or unsweetened coconut, depending on your preference.
  • Panko. These are Japanese bread crumbs that crisp up beautifully in an air fryer.
  • All-purpose flour. This also helps bind the coconut breading to the seafood.
  • Dried parsley. Feel free to use a different dried herb, such as cilantro, basil or oregano.
  • Shrimp. Opt for large shrimp with their tail on for easy grabbing.
close up on air fryer coconut shrimp

How to Make Coconut Shrimp

This is an easy recipe that’s a simple matter of making a coconut breading and coating the shrimp before popping them into the air fryer.

Mix the wet ingredients: First, combine the eggs and lime juice in a small bowl.

Mix the dry breading ingredients: In a second bowl, combine the coconut, panko, flour, salt, pepper, and dried parsley.

Bread the shrimp: Working one at a time, dip each piece of shrimp first into the egg mixture, then into the dry ingredients to coat on all sides.

Air fry the shrimp: Spray the breaded shrimp with nonstick spray and air fry at 375°F for 7 minutes, flipping after 4 minutes.

air fryer basket with crispy coconut shrimp

Tips for Success

Use these helpful tips to perfect your coconut shrimp in the air fryer:

  • Preheat: If your air fryer needs it, make sure to preheat it before adding the shrimp for maximum crispiness.
  • Two Hands: When breading the shrimp, it’s easiest to use one hand for the wet ingredients and a second for the dry mixture. Otherwise, your hands will easily get covered in sticky coconut.
  • Don’t Overcrowd: Avoid overcrowding the air fryer. If necessary, fry the shrimp in batches.
white plate of coconut air fryer shrimp with sweet chili dipping sauce

What to Serve with Coconut Shrimp

I like to dunk these crispy shrimp in sweet chili sauce. If you want to mix up your appetizer game, here are some other fun appetizers I think would pair well with this Coconut Shrimp:

dipping coconut shrimp in a bowl of chili sauce

How to Store and Reheat Letovers

Serve these crispy coconut shrimp hot out of the air fryer for the best texture and flavor. If you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.

To reheat, air fry the shrimp at 375°F for 2-3 minutes.

Can I Freeze Extras?

Once it’s been cooked, the shrimp won’t freeze and defrost well. It’s best to enjoy these crispy coconut shrimp within four days of making them.

white plate of air fryer coocnut shrimp with tomato dipping sauce
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Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

These golden and crispy Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp are a fun, hand-held appetizer for game day. They're made in an air fryer for a healthier and totally satisfying snack.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes


  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 ½ cup coconut shavings, unsweetened or sweetened depending on preference
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 12 ounces large shrimp, peeled with the tail on


  • If needed, preheat air fryer to 375°F.
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the eggs and lime juice, set aside.
  • In another medium sized bowl, stir the coconut, breadcrumbs, flour, salt, pepper and parsley until well combined.
  • One at a time, dip each shrimp into the egg mixture, then drain and immediately dip it into the coconut mixture and press the coconut onto the shrimp.
    In batches if needed, place shrimp in a single layer on greased tray in air-fryer basket and then mist the shrimp with non-stick spray (or olive oil spray).
  • Fry in the air fryer at 375°F for 4 minutes, then flip the shrimp and mist the tops again with non-stick spray (or olive oil spray) and fry for 3 more minutes or until crispy and golden.
    Remove the shrimp from the basket and repeat the cooking process, if needed depending on how many shrimp you have or your size of air fryer.
  • Serve with your favorite sweet chili sauce and garnish with freshly chopped cilantro or parsley, if desired.



These coconut shrimp can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
To reheat them, air fry them again at 375°F for 2 to 3 minutes.


Serving: 1, Calories: 294kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 218mg, Sodium: 1248mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 10g


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  1. Deb Hanson

    Gave this coconut shrimp recipe a try. It was easy and very tasty. I wish I could have gotten more of the coconut and panko mixture to stick to it. But as I said it was very good and I would make it again, thumbs up from hubby as well!

  2. Shay

    Made these tonight, found the recipe on pinterest. Usually have fails from pinterest so I was nervous, but these came out amazing. I spritzed mine with canned avocado oil spray before air frying and they are perfectly golden and delicious. My husband is already asking me to make them again for his parents. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Kathy

    The coating didn’t stick even though the shrimp were dry. A total of 7 min in the air fryer is waaay too long. What coating that did stick was nearly burnt and the shrimp were tough and dry. I will not be making this recipe again,

  4. Donna Pleis

    Hi Jessica … thanks for your response. I made mine with frozen shrimp that I thawed. I didn’t rinse them but they were probably too wet from thawing out. I’ll make sure I pat them dry next time. I made a dipping sauce by heating orange marmelade with some pepper flakes in it and was very tasty with the shrimp.

  5. Donna Pleis

    I made these last night and I had a real problem getting the coconut coating to stick to the shrimp. I followed the recipe exactly as written. Mine didn’t look like your picture … most of the coating was in the pan and not on the shrimp.

    1. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.

      Hi Donna! Oh no, that stinks! Did you possibly rinse your shrimp right before dipping them? If you rinse your shrimp and they are wet right before you start, that can cause any coating to fall off. If you did rinse them right before, you can always pat them drop with a paper towel before coating them.


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