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keto coconut shrimp

Keto Coconut Shrimp (Air Fryer, Low Carb, Paleo, Whole30, GF Recipe)

Summer Yule
Low carb coconut shrimp is possible! Learn how to make keto coconut shrimp in the air fryer with my easy recipe.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 548 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. medium shrimp (454 grams; raw; 41-60 count shrimp; peeled and de-veined, tail-off)
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 26 tablespoons unsweetened, shredded coconut flakes (1½ cups plus 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup pecans
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • cooking oil spray (non-aerosol)

Instructions

  • Put the raw shrimp on a few layers of paper towels. Pat the tops of the shrimp with more paper towels so they’re completely dry.
  • Grind the pecans in the food processor until they are ground into a coarse flour. Don't grind them too long or you'll have pecan butter! Put them in a shallow bowl.
  • Put the unsweetened coconut flakes into the food processor and grind them into crumbs. Put the coconut in the same bowl as the pecans, and mix them together with some salt and pepper. 
  • Place the almond flour in a separate bowl. The eggs go in a third bowl. Whisk the eggs with a fork. 
  • You now have three filled bowls. Line them up in this order: almond flour, eggs, coconut/pecan mixture. Mist two air fryer racks with the cooking oil spray.
  • Put the shrimp in the bowl of almond flour and gently stir. Next, add the shrimp to the bowl of eggs. Any excess almond flour should be left at the bottom of the bowl. 
  • Stir the shrimp to coat them all in the egg. Using a fork, lift individual shrimp out of the bowl with the egg and place in the bowl with the coconut. 
  • Stir the shrimp well to coat with the pecan and coconut mixture. With clean hands, smoosh any excess coconut coating on to the shrimp pieces. The shrimp will be a bit crumbly but there should not be extra coconut mixture left. 
  • Place the shrimp in a single layer on two air fryer trays. Lightly mist the shrimp with the cooking oil spray. Air fry at 400°F (200°C) for 6 minutes. Then flip the pieces over on the top rack only, and switch the position of the trays in the air fryer. Air fry an additional 5-6 minutes.
  • Check with a meat thermometer to ensure the shrimp reached a minimum safe internal temperature of 145°F (63°C). Add a couple of minutes to the cooking time if needed.
  • Note: If you use extra-large or jumbo shrimp, you’ll use less coconut coating and have a longer air frying time. When I tested this recipe with 21-30 count shrimp, the total cooking time was 15-18 minutes (using both air fryer trays). 

Notes

This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). Shrimp are a low calorie, high protein food that I consider a good choice for weight loss diets. This coconut shrimp is air fried without added oil. So why is it level 3?
The coconut, pecans, and almond flour are energy-dense, high-fat foods that bring up the calories on this one. One serving of this recipe using ¼-lb of shrimp is over 500 calories- and we haven’t added a dip or side dishes. In contrast, ¼-lb of plain shrimp is 80-100 calories (depending on the size of the shrimp).
What we’ve added to the recipe to make it high calorie are what most would consider healthful plant foods. This is part of the reason vague advice like “eat more plants” or “eat healthy” might not lead to weight loss. However, using an air fryer instead of frying with oil does lighten up this dish a little.
If you need a moderate calorie meal, I would keep things keto and add some non-starchy veggies for sides. Broccoli roasted in minimal oil or a light garden salad are two good options. For a higher calorie meal add some grains (such as coconut rice made with coconut milk) and/or non-starchy veggies to your plate.
This air fryer coconut shrimp recipe is a great example of how recipes that are level 3 are not necessarily “bad” or unhealthful. Homemade keto coconut shrimp is packed with nutritious whole foods, but it has high energy density (i.e., calories by volume). This means it might be a better choice for weight gain than weight loss if you tend to eat big portions.

🥥 Low Carb Coconut Shrimp Dip Recipe 

  • ⅓ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup light coconut milk
  • ½ cup drained, crushed pineapple (from a can)
Whisk the ingredients together and serve as a dip for coconut shrimp. (Makes four servings.) Note that this recipe is not good fit for very low carb diets.
For keto coconut shrimp dip, I’d start with this as a base:
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon keto-friendly liquid sweetener
  • ⅛ teaspoon pineapple extract
Tweak the individual ingredients as you see fit. This should give you that sweet pineapple and coconut flavor without the carbs.
Nutrition information is for one serving of keto coconut shrimp with no dipping sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 548kcalCarbohydrates: 12.1gProtein: 32.6gFat: 42.6gSaturated Fat: 15.8gPotassium: 654.9mgFiber: 8.9gVitamin A: 3% DVCalcium: 10.6% DVIron: 13% DV
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