Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp
Source: The Easy Air Fryer Cookbook/Diabetes Forecast. Recipe Credit: . Photo Credit: Photography by Eric Hinders; Food Styling by Caroline Tremmel; Art Direction by Haleigh Eason.

Classic coconut shrimp gets a healthy makeover in the air fryer! Enjoy these crispy shrimp as a low-carb appetizer or entree. Tip: Do not crowd the shrimp in the air fryer. If they do not all fit comfortably in one layer in the air fryer basket, cook the shrimp in batches.

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This recipe featured in:
Diabetes Forecast Magazine

  • Prep time
    12 min
  • Cook time
    8 min
  • Servings
    4 Servings
  • Serving size
    4 oz (about 6 shrimp)
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

4 Servings

  • Serving Size
    4 oz (about 6 shrimp)
  • Amount per serving Calories 180

  • Total Fat 4.5g
    • Saturated Fat 3g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 190mg
  • Sodium 230mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 9g
    • Dietary Fiber 2g
    • Total Sugars 1g
  • Protein 28g
  • Potassium 350mg
  • Phosphorus 270mg

Choices/Exchanges: 3 Lean protein, 1/2 Starch



  • large raw shrimp (peeled and deveined)
    1 lb (20-30 shrimp
  • egg whites (beaten)
  • water
    1 tbsp
  • whole-wheat panko bread crumbs
    1/2 cup
  • unsweetened coconut flakes
    1/4 cup
  • ground cumin
    1/2 tsp
  • turmeric
    1/2 tsp
  • ground coriander
    1/2 tsp
  • salt
    1/8 tsp
  • nonstick cooking spray


  1. Pat the shrimp dry using paper towels. Place the egg whites and water in a shallow bowl, whisking to combine.

  2. Combine the panko bread crumbs, coconut, cumin, turmeric, coriander, and salt in another shallow bowl.

  3. Dip the shrimp in the egg mixture, allowing the excess to drip back into the bowl, and then coat in the panko mixture. Place the coated shrimp on a wire rack. Repeat with all shrimp.

  4. Place the shrimp in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Spray the shrimp with nonstick cooking spray for 2 seconds. Set the temperature to 400º F and air fry for 4 minutes. Turn the shrimp over. Air fry for 2 to 4 minutes, or until the shrimp are golden brown. Serve warm.