I’m going to be straight up honest…I hate frying things and hate battering things even more. I dislike the messy process and the messy cleanup. You should be aware, I wear food service gloves in my kitchen all the time. My family finds it hilarious, but I don’t like touching things that are sticky, slimy, goopy, or greasy…even just wet is questionable for me. And raw meat…yeah…just never mind (face palm)
So when I found a crusted recipe on Pinterest that didn’t require me to batter or even touch the food at all, I was in heaven! The recipe I found was for coconut crusted mahi mahi, but that was a long time ago and I didn’t pin it, which meant the next time I wanted to make it, I had to recreate the recipe from memory. Any of you that are 50 (or more) years young know that is always iffy. There may be something missing from the original recipe, but whatever it was, we sure haven’t missed it.
I love making this if I’m cooking on short notice (ie. got home late and have no idea how I’m going to get dinner on the table before midnight). Served with a salad and steamed broccoli or sautéed Portabella mushrooms and you’ve got dinner on the table easily in less than 30 minutes
This recipe is enough for my husband and I for dinner, but he is a shrimp fanatic and could eat a LOT of shrimp every single night, so this may serve more than 2 in your household…
Cheaters Coconut Crusted Shrimp
25 Jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup shredded coconut
4 Tbsp. melted butter, divided
salt and pepper to taste
a pinch of cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the shrimp in a single layer with at least 1/2 inch between them. Brush the shrimp with 2 Tbsp. melted butter then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Combine bread crumbs, coconut, cayenne pepper and remaining 2 Tbsp. melted butter in a small bowl. Mix until well coated with butter.
Bake shrimp until partially cooked, approx. 4-5 minutes. Remove from oven. Spoon bread crumb mixture over each shrimp and pack slightly with the back of a spoon. Return to oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until “breading” turns golden brown. Serve immediately.
If you make this, tell me your thoughts or feel free to share one of your family faves in the comments!
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