I teased this keto coconut shrimp recipe on Instagram last week and you guys went nuts! I had no choice but to share the low carb recipe with you, and you have the option of cooking the coconut shrimp in the air fryer or pan fried. The key to making these keto is replacing panko bread crumbs with crushed pork rinds! They are low carb, salty, and crunchy. What else can you ask for!
If you are looking for more low carb shrimp recipes, then you gotta try my keto shrimp burger with jicama fries.
How Do I Make Low Carb Coconut Shrimp?
The first step to making coconut shrimp is setting up a dredge station. This will consist of seasoned coconut flour, beaten eggs, and 1/2 cup each of crushed pork rinds and unsweetened coconut flakes. Season the shrimp with a pinch of salt and then dredge in the coconut flour, the eggs, and the panko mixture.
I will also include the traditional coconut shrimp recipe down below including the macros for each technique. This method uses all-purpose flour and panko bread crumbs.
Allow the battered shrimp to sit on a wire rack for 10 minutes so the coating can firm up and really stick to the shrimp. In the meantime, you can make the dipping sauce.
How Do I make a Coconut Shrimp Sauce?
To make a low carb sauce that pairs wit the fried coconut shrimp, combine mayonnaise, grated garlic, lime zest & juice, and sriracha in a small bowl. You can adjust the amount of sriracha based upon how spicy you like it.
Typically coconut shrimp is paired with a sweet chili sauce, but that is loaded with sugar and not keto friendly.
How To Fry Coconut Shrimp In The Air Fryer
There are two methods to fry the coconut shrimp. First option is to use the air fryer. Spray basket with non-stick, and cook at 390 degrees F for 8 minutes, flipping halfway. The shrimp will be golden brown and crispy when ready.
To pan fry the low carb coconut shrimp, pre-heat 2 inches of oil in a fry pan until it reaches 350 degrees F. Fry the shrimp for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove from the pan and place on a wire rack set in a sheet tray. Once the shrimp are ready, sprinkle a little pinch of salt over the top while they are hot.
Can I Use Frozen Shrimp To Make Coconut Shrimp?
You can use frozen shrimp. Just make sure to thaw them under cold running water and pat them dry before coating with the batter. Do not used pre-cooked shrimp as they will get over-cooked and tough once they are fried.
Make sure to check out my other shrimp recipes:
18 thoughts on “Keto Coconut Shrimp – Air Fryer and Pan Fried”
What type of oil would you recommend for this?
Chris, for the pan fried I recommend avocado oil or expeller pressed sunflower oil?
The serving size says 1 shrimp for the nutrition info. Is that correct?
Holly, yes, that’s correct.
I just did the keto version of coconut shrimp in the air fryer , not only did I like them but wife thought they were the bomb!
Dave, so glad to hear it! Great job!
Keto substitute for pork rinds? Thanks!!
Sandy, the pork rinds are keto, if you want to change that just skip them.
Just mixed these two recipes to make myself some gluten free coconut shrimp. Basically, I used coconut flour and rice panko. It was great! Thanks so much for sharing this.
Awesome – glad to hear!
Can I use coconut oil in my deep fryer? Will it still be considered Keto? Also for this recipe what if I only use the coconut flour, is it still Keto and what will the nutritional value/calories difference be? I did try it like this and it was amazing! Thanks
It would be keto, but coconut oil is not the best high-heat oil for frying and it’d be expensive – so you should probably avoid doing so. I don’t have the macros but they’d be slightly less calories if you leave out the coconut flakes and the pork rinds.
These were delicious! I made the keto air fryer version and they were crispy and perfect! Thank you!
So happy you loved them! Keep on cookin’!
Can you bake the shrimp instead of frying? If yes, at what temp and for how long would you recommend? Thanks in advance?
If you don’t have an air fryer, I recommend you pan fry them rather than bake them.
can’t wait to try. just going bake it in the oven since i don’t have an air fryer.
If you don’t have an air fryer you would be much better off pan frying them. The oven won’t get them crispy enough.