Garden Veggie and Goat Cheese Samosas with Sweet Peach and Basil Chutney.
I told you things are going to get tropical around here…
And what is more tropical than coconut fried shrimp and a little mango sauce for dipping.
It’s the perfect summer snack, appetizer or accidental meal. And I say accidental meal because every time I have served coconut shrimp as an app people end up eating all the shrimp and not even bothering with dinner.
But come on, it’s coconut-lime fried shrimp, so I really cannot blame them.
Actually though, I have really only made coconut shrimp twice, but both times the same thing happened.
The first time I made this I was probably thirteen or fourteen and I was visiting my grandparents down in Florida. This was back when I had just stared to get into cooking, so I really had not a clue what the heck I was doing. Nor had I ever cooked shrimp before.
Anyway, they were having their neighbors over for drinks and I offered to make coconut shrimp.
YIKES. What were they thinking? I could have killed them all!!
Lucky for them I somehow managed to figure it out and it actually looked pretty descent too. Win, win for me!
Now do not ask me where I came up with the idea for coconut shrimp, but we liked the sound of it so we went with it. I even made a little dipping sauce too. Back then, seafood, coconut and dipping sauce were a whole new world for me.
Since I am back in the same house again this week, hanging out with my grandma, I knew I wanted to make coconut shrimp again since it was a pretty big hit the first time.
I couldn’t find or remember the recipe I used back then, but I kind of came up something I thought might be close, only I think this version is better. Like a lot better. I would hope that after six years of cooking I would be able to improve upon it.
It’s pretty simple and easy to make.
You just need a lot of coconut, a lot of lime and some perfectly ripe mangos and peaches. I am sure you could use pineapple or really any sweet tropical fruit, but I really loved the sweet combo of mango and peach mixed with a fiery sauce.
I’m sure margaritas would go pretty well with this as well.
Oh, oh or maybe some Mai Tai’s. Yes, Mai Tai’s, I see those in the near future for sure!
So I dare you to try stopping at just one of these little shrimpies.
Really, I dare you.
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I promise, it’s really not possible….you’ll just keep dipping and dipping!
This is by far one of the most delicious recipes. We served it over rice as a meal, with the salsa as a sauce. OMG! SO GOOD. I never comment on recipe blogs, but this was so extremely good, I had to let you know.
Thank you so much Steph! That is really amazing! xTieghan
These look fabulous and will make them as soon as the weather cools a bit since it’s about 97 right now 🙂 One question, though. In your recipe you note “1 leave jalapeño seeded + chopped “. Not sure what “leave” is or if it’s just one jalapeno. As soon as I know, I’m all over it!
So sorry! That is a typo, recipe fixed. It is just 1 jalapeno. Let me know if you have questions. Hope you love the recipe!
Hello! This post could not be written any better!
Reading through this post reminds me of my good old room
mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this post to him.
Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!