Easy Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp with Spicy Mayo Dip

Air fryer coconut shrimp
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
4-6 servings

The best way to eat shrimp is air fried and coated in coconut! This is one of my favourite appetizers made in the air fryer. Just be sure to use thawed, peeled and deveined shrimp with the tails on. For serving, make my spicy mayo dipping sauce or serve with your favourite sweet chili sauce.

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Coconut Shrimp

lb thawed large or jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails on
cup all-purpose flour
large eggs, whisked
1 ½
cups unsweetened flaked or shredded coconut
cup panko bread crumbs
Salt, to taste
Pepper to taste

Spicy Mayo Dip

cup mayonnaise
tsp lime juice, freshly squeezed
tsp lime zest
tsp smoked paprika
tsp cayenne pepper


Step 1

Preheat the air fryer to 375°F. Wash and pat dry the shrimp, ensuring no extra moisture remains.

Step 2

Add the flour and eggs to separate small mixing bowls. In a medium sized mixing bowl stir together the coconut, bread crumbs, salt and pepper until well blended.

Coconut breading for shrimp in a bowl
Step 3

Coat each shrimp lightly with flour, dip in egg wash and coat in the coconut mixture. Press down to ensure the coating sticks to the shrimp. Brush the breading lightly with oil for a more golden colour, if desired.

Uncooked coconut shrimp on a plate
Step 4

Transfer the breaded shrimp to the air fryer in a single layer, ensuring the shrimp are not touching. Depending on the size of the air fryer, you may have to work in batches.

Step 5

Cook in preheated air fryer at 375 F for 5-7 minutes, flip and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes, until the shrimp is cooked throughout and golden.

Step 6

As the shrimp cooks, prepare the dipping sauce: In a small serving bowl stir together the mayonnaise, lime juice, lime zest, paprika and cayenne until well combined.

Step 7

Transfer dip to a plate followed by the shrimp. Serve warm!

Air fryer coconut shrimp

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