Baked Coconut Shrimp

Coconut shrimp

While wasting time on Pinterest, I came across a pin for these shrimp from The Girl Who Ate Everything. I love coconut shrimp! I don't have them too often, but every once in a while, if I'm out somewhere and they are on the menu, I just have to get them. I added them to my menu for last week, and I'm so glad I did.  I slightly altered the dipping sauce recipe to go along with the shrimp. The last time I ordered coconut shrimp out at a restaurant, they were served with an amazingly spicy mango sauce. Since I couldn't find pineapple preserves, and because I really loved the way the mango sauce paired with the shrimp, I set out to make some of my own. The closest thing I could find at the store to mango preserves was a mango-peach jam, so I gave it a try. It was a delicious pairing! I made a side of coconut rice to go along with the shrimp, to make it a little bit more substantial for a dinner rather than an appetizer. This meal was so easy to throw together that it is the perfect meal for any weeknight after work!

For the Dipping Sauce:
1 tablespoon Lime Juice
2 teaspoons Jalapeño, finely chopped
1/2 cup Pineapple Preserves (I used mango-peach jam)
*Splash of Tequilla (I added)

Add the lime juice, jalapeño, and preserves to a bowl and stir to mix well. Add a splash of tequila, if needed, to thin out the sauce. Set aside until ready to use.

For the Shrimp:
1 pound Uncooked Large Shrimp, peeled and deveined (I used 26-30 size)
2 Egg Whites
2 tablespoons Cornstarch
2 cups Sweetened Flaked Coconut

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, beat the egg whites with a hand mixer until soft peaks form. Place cornstarch and coconut on two separate plates. Holding the shrimp by the tail, dip it into the plate of cornstarch, making sure that it is coated. Then, dip the shrimp into the egg whites, then dip it into the coconut, coating well. Place the shrimp onto the cookie sheet and bake for 15-17 minutes, or until the coconut is golden brown, turning the shrimp half way through baking to be sure that both sides become golden. Serve with the dipping sauce.