Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 9 reviews

Air Fryer Appetizers Fish and Seafood Recipes

Cook time Cook time: 12 minutes

Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp is healthy, flavorful, and crispy, covered in the most delicious shredded coconut and lime coating! This makes for the perfect party appetizer when served with the homemade Thai chili sauce!

We are huge fans of seafood, and we try also love our Air Fryer! Every time we crave something crunch and crispy but at the same time healthy, we turn on the Air Fryer! Check out our Air Fryer Recipes for more inspiration and also our Sauces, this way you can fix a great dinner, side dish, or appetizer.

Healthy Coconut Shrimp Recipe

Air fryer Coconut Shrimp is definitely a favorite here. Instead of sweetened coconut flakes that are loaded with sugar with use, non sweetened shredded coconut! They add the tropical flavor that we all like without the extra unhealthy calories.

The recipe uses a bit of flour and panko bread crumbs, I like using this combo to create the most amazing crispy coating!

Adding lime zest takes these over the top, so I definitely highly recommend not skipping it! The garlic and the smoked paprika add some savory flavors to the whole recipe! If you would prefer it without the smokiness, just skip the smoked paprika. Add some cayenne pepper for extra heat.

The Thai Chili sauce is incredibly easy to make, all you need is just some Asian staples from your pantry and the sauce is fixed! Another option is to make an Orange Yogurt Sauce, just mix some plain green yogurt with a bit of orange juice, lemon juice, orange zest, and season it to your liking. The tropical flavors will go hand in hand with the Healthy Coconut Shrimp recipe.

How do you make Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp from scratch?

  1. Prepare the flour mixture: mix flour with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika in a bowl.
  2. Prepare the coconut mixture: In a different bowl mix the Panko bread crumbs with shredded coconut and lime zest.
  3. Make the egg mixture: add the beaten egg to yet another bowl.
  4. Coat the shrimp: Dip the shrimp in the flour mixture, after that in the egg mixture, and finally in the coconut mixture.
  5. Cook: Arrange them in the air fryer, don’t overcrowd, and bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 400 degrees F.
  6. Make the Sauce: Combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl, mix and serve.

Recipe Variations:

  • Change the Coating: You can make the coating to your liking. We added lime zest, but you can add lemon zest or orange zest. Use regular or smoked paprika. Add shredded lemongrass.
  • Add cheese: In the coconut mixture, add some finely shredded parmesan cheese for a change.
  • Make them Spicy: add a hefty amount of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes.
  • Play with the Dipping Sauce: The dipping sauce can be adapted to your liking. Make it spicy, or go for an Asian Teriyaki Sauce.

How long does it take to cook frozen coconut shrimp in the Air Fryer?

While you can not make this recipe with frozen shrimp, you can still cook them in the air fryer if you are running out of time and need a quick dinner.

The key is to NOT overcrowd them, so the air circulation is good. Cook them for 5-7 minutes and 360 or 400 degrees F if the frozen shrimp is already cooked. For frozen raw shrimp, you may need 8-10 minutes. This will be enough for them to thaw and cook. To make them crispy you may need to add a few extra minutes.

How to serve Healthy Coconut Shrimp:

Serve it right away for the best results as the coating will be the crispiest right after cooking and you will be able to enjoy the full flavor and texture.

Serve them with a dipping sauce for an appetizer or make it a full meal by adding a side salad, like this easy Cucumber salad and some Chipotle Lime Rice.

How to store leftovers:

The best way is to layer the cooked Coconut Shrimp in an airtight container and between each layer to have parchment paper. This way you protect the coating from sticking together.

Reheat in the oven or in the air fryer. If you use the microwave, the coating will get a bit soggier.

More Shrimp Recipes:

Recipe Tips:

  • Make sure the coating is well seasoned! Add garlic powder, paprika, or other spices and seasoning that you like.
  • Use fresh shrimp!
  • Preheat the Air Fryer and ensure that it is not overcrowded!
  • Don’t skip the dipping sauce!
  • For a sweeter version, use sweetened coconut flakes!
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5 from 9 reviews

Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp is healthy, flavorful, and crispy, covered in the most delicious shredded coconut and lime coating!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 12 minutes Total time: 26 mins



Dipping Sauce:


Nutrition information

Calories: 387 Carbohydrates: 24 Protein: 21 Fat: 23 Saturated Fat: 8 Trans Fat: 1 Cholesterol: 254 Sodium: 1318 Potassium: 206 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 9 Vitamin A: 208 Vitamin C: 5 Calcium: 166 Iron: 3
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Amber Myers

I so need to get an air fryer! These look amazing--my kids love shrimp.


melissa chapman

This looks like a great recipe my son would love and we have an air fryer. I will try and cook this for him when I go to the fish market


Pam Wattenbarger

I use my air fryer all of the time. This looks like a delicious way to make shrimp in the air fryer.



Love my air fryer and this shrimp turned out great! So easy to make!


Chef Dennis

This Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp looks really healthy-licious! I love that it's crispy! I can't wait to try those delicious shredded coconut and lime coating.



This looks so yummy. I’ve never tried making coconut shrimp at home. Looking forward to trying this.


Nikki Wayne

Wow,wow,wow, it's so presentable! And I'm sure it tastes great too!


Crystal Carder

I love how all this stuff can be made in the air fryer, it makes the recipes less intimidating to try!



We love seafood and coconut shrimp is one of our favorites. Yum! Yum! Yum!



This sounds like a yummy combination. It would be fun to make these when we are serving a crowd.



Wow, this sure does look amazing. I have never tried shrimp in the air fryer yet. I can't wait to give it a try now.


Mama Maggie's Kitchen

This Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp looks really delicious! My son will totally love this.


GiGi Eats

My air-fryer is my best friend!!!


Farrah Less

I am a big fan of air fryer it is really refreshing of not eating greasy food. Given I am a seafood lover this recipe is definitely be on my list.



I've been cooking with my air fryer lately! I love shrimp. I think this would make a perfect party appetizer.


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