Coconut Shrimp with Apple Dipping Sauce

Oscar Sunday calls for something a little fancy.  James and I watched at home, so I wanted to bring a little glamour home and for some reason that meant coconut shrimp for me. I’ve never cooked shrimp before, so this was a good challenge for me.  I found a great recipe from Skinny Taste that I adapted to be Whole30 friendly.

I wanted to make a apricot dipping sauce, but for some reason my apricot jam had wheat syrup in it.  Didn’t know that was a thing…So I experimented and came up with a spicy apple dipping sauce (also known as a fancy apple sauce).

What you need:

  • 24 medium sized raw shrimp, pre-peeled an de-veined
  • Can of full fat coconut milk (optional)
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 2 eggs
  • Cooking spray
  • Coconut oil
  • Granny smith apple
  • Orange juice
  • Lemon juice
  • Red chili flakes

Instructions for Shrimp: 

  • Optional: pour some coconut milk over shrimp to marinate.  Mine sat for an hour-ish.  Not sure this did anything, but sounds like a good idea, right?
  • Preheat oven to 425F and line a baking sheet with tin foil – spray with cooking spray (should also work with coconut oil).
  • In a bowl, combine almond meal, coconut shreds and salt.
  • In another bowl, beat 2 eggs.
  • In a small bowl, put your tapioca flour.
  • Dip each shrimp in flour (remove excess), then egg, then the coconut mixture and place on baking sheet.  Once you’ve done all of them, spray the tops with some cooking spray (should work if you drizzle coconut oil over too).
  • Bake for 10 minutes in the middle rack, then flip, and do another 6-7 minutes.
  • Eat alone or with dipping sauce.

Instructions for Dipping Sauce:

  • Peel granny smith apple and cube and place in a pot with some coconut oil. Splash in some orange juice and lemon juice (not too much).
  • Cook until apples get soft and you can poke them through with your spoon.
  • Once it’s feeling saucy, pulse through in a blender.
  • Add chili flakes if you like a little kick.

Without the chili flakes, this would make a tangy apple sauce.

This was so tasty and I was proud that I conquered making shrimp!

 

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