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skillet lined with parchment with coconut shrimp and coconut dipping sauce

Creamy Coconut Dipping Sauce & Air Fried Shrimp

Make your own piƱa colada dip at home with this easy creamy coconut dipping sauce. Pairs perfectly with air fryer shrimp - a recipe for that included too! The entire meal is ready in less than 30 minutes.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fried, air fryer, coconut milk, shrimp recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Author: Sara Ayesh


  • mixing bowls
  • air fryer


Coconut Shrimp

  • 1.5 lbs of peeled and deveined extra large shrimp
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Coconut Sauce

  • 1/4 cup coconut cream
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 TBSP pineapple juice
  • 3 TBSP crushed pineapple optional
  • 1 tsp agave syrup optional
  • 1/4 cup lime juice


Coconut Sauce

  • Make the sauce first, put the coconut cream in a mixing bowl with pineapple juice. Coconut cream can become separated. Make sure that you mix together the "cream" and the "water" in the can before using.
  • If it's still thick, pop it in the microwave for 15 seconds.
  • Mix in the sour cream, crushed pineapple, lime juice, and mix until smooth.
  • Put into the refrigerator to set up while you prepare the shrimp.

Coconut Shrimp

  • Place shrimp evenly on a plate and pat dry.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine the panko and shredded coconut.
  • In an additional bowl put 1/2 cup of coconut cream.
  • Dip the shrimp into the coconut milk then into the panko mixture to coat.
  • Repeat with all of the shrimp.
  • Place 7-8 shrimp in the basket of the air fryer and spray with cooking oil.
  • Air fry at 400 degrees for 6 minutes.
  • You will need to do this in batches so you don't overcrowd the fryer.
  • Repeat until all shrimp are done. Serve with coconut sauce!