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Summer Nibbles: Beer-Battered Coconut Shrimp

Coconut Shrimp

On summer holidays out in Tofino, one of our favourite things to get at the local fish & chip shop and eat at a picnic table in our flip-flops is coconut shrimp. They come 4 or 6 to a batch, with a sweet chili sauce for dipping, and are always gone in minutes. This year I decided to learn how to make my own – a pound of shrimp is easy to transform into freshly cooked coconut shrimp, with enough to feed everyone for a tiny fraction of what it costs from the take-out window.

Beer-Battered Coconut Shrimp

adapted from AllRecipes (although this seems to be a common formula!)

3/4 cup all-purpose flour, divided
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup beer
1 egg
1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
2 dozen raw, tail-on shrimp
canola or other mild vegetable oil, for frying

In medium bowl, stir together 1/2 cup of the flour, baking powder, beer and egg. Place 1/4 cup flour and coconut in two separate bowls.

Holding each shrimp by the tail, dredge in flour, them dip in beer batter; allow excess to drip off. Roll shrimp in coconut, and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat oil to 350F in a heavy pot or deep-fryer. Cook shrimp in batches, without crowding the pot or fryer; cook, turning once, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Using tongs, transfer shrimp to paper towels to drain. Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.

Photo credit: istockphoto.com/MSPhotographic

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