Coconut Shrimp

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Nice, light, and tropical, this low-carb coconut shrimp recipe is perfect for summertime entertaining. It’s especially delicious poolside.

Party Plates

When you’re entertaining, quick and easy is the name of the game. And few recipes are easier than this shrimp recipe.

The coconut flakes mimic the crunchy breading on regular fried shrimp, but without the carbohydrates.

You simply dip the cleaned shrimp into egg, then send it into the coconut flake bowl. Deep fry to perfection, and enjoy!

You can either pair this recipe with others or increase the amount to make sure you’ve got enough to cover hungry guests.

Low-Carb Appetizer

I used to have such a hard time figuring out what to make on low-carb diet. Why can’t entertaining be as simple as it was in college when you opened a bag of chips and (on a good night) located a pizza?

While having guests over as an adult is slightly more complicated, the good news about throwing the party yourself is that you control what is served.

That means you avoid the temptations of your friends’ high-carb offerings and enjoy delicious low-carb snacks that won’t jeopardize your diet.

Shrimp on Low-Carb

Shrimp can be a great addition to a low-carb diet for weight loss. Here are some of the benefits and effects of shrimp:

  • High in protein: Shrimp is an excellent source of protein. A 3-ounce serving of shrimp contains about 18 grams of protein, which can help keep you feeling full and satisfied.
  • Low in carbs: Shrimp is very low in carbohydrates, which makes it a great food to include in a low-carb diet.
  • Low in calories: Shrimp is also relatively low in calories, with a 3-ounce serving containing only about 84 calories. This means you can enjoy a satisfying portion without consuming too many calories.
  • Rich in nutrients: Shrimp is a good source of several important nutrients, including selenium, vitamin B12, and phosphorus.
  • May boost metabolism: Some studies suggest that the high protein content in shrimp may help boost metabolism and aid in weight loss.
  • May reduce inflammation: Shrimp contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that may help reduce inflammation in the body.

Overall, shrimp can be a healthy and satisfying addition to a low-carb diet for weight loss. However, it's important to remember that shrimp should be eaten in moderation as it is high in cholesterol. Consult with a healthcare professional to determine the right amount of shrimp for your diet.

Coconut Shrimp

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 2 servings
Category: Appetizer
Cuisine: American


  • 3 Tablespoons (21 g) of coconut flour
  • 1 medium egg (44 g), whisked
  • 1/2 cup (32 g) of coconut flakes
  • 7 oz (196 g) of raw peeled shrimp
  • oil, for frying
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • lime wedges, to serve


  1. Line a tray or plate with paper towels. Set aside.
  2. Prepare three bowls. Put the coconut flour in one bowl, the whisked egg in the second, and the coconut flakes in the last.
  3. Toss all the shrimp in the coconut flour. One at a time, take a shrimp and dip in the egg, allowing the excess to run off. Then dip the shrimp in the coconut, pressing the coconut into the shrimp firmly.
  4. Heat enough oil to deep fry the shrimp. Once hot, fry the shrimp for a minute or two then remove with a slotted spoon and place on your lined tray or plate.
  5. Season with salt, pepper, and a generous squeeze of lime. Serve warm.

Nutrition: (Estimated and based on per-serving amounts.)

  • Calories:  267
  • Fat:  15 g
  • Total Carbs:  8 g
  • Fiber:  5 g
  • Sugar:  2 g
  • Net Carbs:  3 g
  • Protein:  25 g

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