If you follow me on Twitter or Snapchat (hint, hint – go follow me @Merci_Britte) you saw me making this Crispy Coconut Lime Shrimp with Tequila Lime Dipping Sauce a few weeks ago. Some of you were telling me how you couldn’t wait to try this recipe and I can understand that because I can’t wait to make these again. I literally fell in LOVE with these shrimp! Let me tell y’all about it!
Backstory of Crispy Coconut Lime Shrimp
So I’ve been craving coconut shrimp for several weeks…okay, months. LOL, I just kept saying, “Oh, I’ll make some next week.” So I procrastinated and procrastinated some more until I just couldn’t take it anymore! The craving grew unbearable and I just had to give in, get up, and head straight to the kitchen. I didn’t want to make the standard coconut shrimp with a sweet chili sauce or pineapple cream sauce. I needed an extra punch of flavor. And this is where the limes come into play! *slyly rubs hands together*
Coconut shrimp was one of my absolute favorite meals as a child! We couldn’t afford to have coconut shrimp very often so it was always a special treat whenever I could eat it. My mom would cook the SeaPak coconut shrimp for me and I would feel like I had the greatest mom ever.
Now, we all know coconut and lime go together like duck breast and oranges. (Yep, I know you thought I would say peanut butter and jelly. 😉 LOL) Anyway, I knew I needed to make sure I could REALLY taste the lime! So I added lime zest to the coconut breading mixture, of course, but I added lime juice to the egg mixture as well! Yes, the lime flavor came through perfectly!
I looked online after I made these crispy coconut lime shrimp to see if anyone else had a recipe for it. Nope! The only coconut lime shrimp recipes I found were for coconut curry lime shrimp so that’s why my recipe has been dubbed crispy coconut lime shrimp!
Can we take a few seconds to talk about the Tequila Lime Dipping Sauce?! HONEY! PLEASE do not make the crispy coconut lime shrimp without making this sauce! You’d basically be committing a cardinal sin if you don’t make the sauce. It’s that good. I started with plain Greek yogurt for a thick base and then I added some tequila, freshly squeezed lime juice, lime zest, raw honey, and a dash of sea salt. Super simple for anyone to make yet it’s so freaking delicious! I would use this dipping sauce for fish, fritters, even those party meatballs that people love to throw in the Crock Pot. I’d take some ground turkey or chicken, season it and form it into meatballs, then cook them in the Crock Pot, and serve them with this sauce.
I couldn’t eat all of the shrimp when I cooked them so I had to refrigerate the rest. The next day I just popped these babies in a 400° F oven and heated them until they were hot. They crisped back up beautifully and were just as delicious as the first day! Oh, I should also note that I did not deep fry these shrimp, I shallow fried them. Of course, I used coconut oil! You don’t have to deep fry everything. There are quite a few foods that do just fine with shallow frying. I’ll give you guys more recipes that use shallow frying in the near future.
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