A sweet-and-sour tangelo salsa complements the toasty coconut crust on these sassy little coconut shrimp. Serve these healthy baked coconut shrimp as a plated first course with the tangelo salsa or as a passed hors d'oeuvre. Be sure to use unsweetened shredded coconut or this baked coconut shrimp recipe will be too sweet--look for it near other baking supplies or in bulk at natural-foods stores or well-stocked supermarkets.

Katie Webster
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2013


Recipe Summary

45 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

  • Combine tangelos (or tangerines), bell pepper, cilantro, scallion, jalapeno and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a food processor or blender. Pulse to form a chunky salsa. Set aside.

  • Beat eggs in a small dish. Whisk flour, paprika and garlic powder in another small dish. Combine coconut and the remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt in a third dish.

  • Peel shrimp, leaving the tails on. Butterfly the shrimp by cutting halfway through the back, stopping at the tail, so they will stand tail up. Dredge the shrimp in the flour mixture. Dip in the egg and then coat with coconut, leaving the tail uncoated. Stand the shrimp tail-up on the prepared baking sheet. Discard any unused dipping mixtures.

  • Bake the shrimp until cooked through and the coating is starting to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve the shrimp with the salsa.


Tip: Shrimp is usually sold by the number needed to make one pound. For example, “21-25 count” means there will be 21 to 25 shrimp in a pound. Size names, such as “large” or “extra large,” are not standardized, so to get the size you want, order by the count per pound. Both wild-caught and farm-raised shrimp can damage the surrounding ecosystems when not managed properly. Fortunately, it is possible to buy shrimp that have been raised or caught with sound environmental practices. Look for fresh or frozen shrimp certified by an independent agency, such as the Marine Stewardship Council. If you can't find certified shrimp, choose wild-caught shrimp from North America--it's more likely to be sustainably caught.

Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.

Nutrition Facts

204 calories; protein 14.3g 29% DV; carbohydrates 15g 5% DV; dietary fiber 3.5g 14% DV; sugars 7.7g; fat 10.2g 16% DV; saturated fat 7.3g 37% DV; cholesterol 157.3mg 52% DV; vitamin a iu 1336.3IU 27% DV; vitamin c 37.8mg 63% DV; folate 51.5mcg 13% DV; calcium 78.8mg 8% DV; iron 1.3mg 7% DV; magnesium 39.9mg 14% DV; potassium 323.5mg 9% DV; sodium 329.4mg 13% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 10% DV.

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  • 5 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
It was so good that I ate it as a meal. I couldn't find individual tangerine to buy so I made the salsa with canned pineapple and I think it was better than it would of been. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Amazing! The plate was emptied within minutes! Next I'll serve it as dinner just so I can eat more all for myself. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Delightful Healthier Choice! My sistet is obssessed with Coconut Shrimp so I was thrilled to find this recipe. The shrimp was amazing the salsa delectable! So much easier and faster than I had imagined. I couldn't find Tanangelos when I first made this dish so I googled a suitable subsititute. Blood Oranges worked very well in the salsa. Pros: Easy light crowd pleaser delicious Cons: Finding Tanangelos baking not as crispy as frying Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Will make again I thought it was nice. I had sweetened coconut on hand. Next time though I will use way less salt. This turned out SO salty I almost couldn't appreciate the recipe.. Read More