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Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp. How to air fry coconut shrimp from frozen. The best air fryer coconut shrimp recipe with a beautiful crispy texture and moist shrimp in the centre.
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Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp
Welcome to my Air Fryer coconut shrimp recipe. This is an updated version of our air fryer coconut shrimp that we originally shared back in the summer of 2017.
When I go to the Chinese buffet there are certain foods that are an absolute MUST that you MUST EAT whenever you go.
My true favourites always seem to include prawns. Which is what us Europeans call shrimp.
There will be prawn toast, prawns cooked in soy sauce and my favourite love is the prawns battered and served in an unhealthy sauce.
But what if you could cook your favourite frozen coconut shrimp in the air fryer instead, that would taste even better than at the Chinese and be a lot cheaper too?
Well that is what todays air fryer frozen coconut shrimp. Cooked in the Philips Air Fryer (did I ever mention this the best kitchen gadget ever!).
We have amazing coconut shrimp that is so crispy on the outside you would think it had been deep fried.
Plus, the worst thing about the Chinese buffet is that the food has gone cold and dry. Yet its coming out of the air fryer and straight onto your plate.
So, let’s have a big fat breaded coconut shrimp feast and get excited about frozen food in the air fryer!
Can You Air Fry Coconut Shrimp?
Though the first question I normally get asked is “can you air fry coconut shrimp?” Well the answer is a big fat YES.
Coconut shrimp is amazing in the air fryer because the air fryer cooks coconut shrimp so perfectly.
You can reduce the calories because you are not deep fat frying your coconut shrimp and you don’t need any oil whatsoever.
As long as you don’t overcrowd the air fryer, which will result in your coconut shrimp sticking together, then coconut shrimp the air fryer way is the BEST.
What Ingredients & Gadgets Go Into Air Fryer Frozen Coconut Shrimp?
There is not much to cooking air fryer coconut shrimp from frozen in the air fryer.
It is a case of choosing your favourite brand of frozen coconut shrimp and a good quality air fryer.
I recommend the Philips Air Fryer XL as it is perfect size for cooking coconut shrimp and it’s amazing how much coconut shrimp you can cook at once without an overcrowding issue.
I also recommend a good shrimp sauce to go with your frozen shrimp. My favourite shrimp dipping sauces include:
But it is all about personal choice. The brand of coconut shrimp we bought came with their own dipping sauce. So, you might not need to buy any.
How To Air Fry Frozen Coconut Shrimp?
Air Fryer Frozen Coconut Shrimp is EASY. In fact, it is so easy you will be wondering why you didn’t cook coconut shrimp in the air fryer years ago.
To cook coconut shrimp from frozen in the air fryer you:
- Load the frozen coconut shrimp into the air fryer while still frozen but without any packaging.
- Cook for 8 minutes at 180c/360f then prick a cocktail into the fattest part and if its hot to touch they are done.
This will of course vary depending on the size of your air fryer frozen shrimp. For example, extend the cooking time to 10 minutes if you are cooking frozen jumbo shrimp.
Or knock the time down to 6 minutes if it is British breaded prawns as they tend to be much smaller.
Reheat Coconut Shrimp In Air Fryer
To reheat coconut shrimp in your air fryer. Load them into the air fryer basket and cook for 4 minutes at 160c/320f.
Its important that you don’t cook them at a higher temperature as it will cook your coconut shrimp again rather than reheating them.
This is perfect for following if you have spare coconut shrimp leftover. Or like us if you have been to the Chinese and brought your leftovers home with you.
Frozen Coconut Shrimp Air Fryer Time
The time to cook frozen coconut shrimp in the air fryer is JUST 8 minutes. This is because when you cook frozen coconut shrimp it has already been blanched and partly cooked, so it like you are doing an advanced reheat.
Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp Temperature
The temperature for air fryer coconut shrimp is 180c/360f. This is because you want to cook your coconut shrimp on medium to ensure a crispy skin and a moist shrimp.
Best Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp?
The best coconut shrimp to cook in the air fryer comes down to personal choice.
You may want to shop for a healthier brand, you may prefer your local supermarket, or you might have your own homemade coconut shrimp sat in the freezer from meal prep.
On feedback from my readers they prefer frozen coconut shrimp from Trader Joe’s.
More Air Fryer Frozen Shrimp Ideas
Here at Recipe This we love cooking frozen food in the air fryer. This is because it tastes like deep fried on the calories of oven breaded. But you can go beyond air fryer frozen coconut shrimp as they are many other options. Below are some of our reader favourites:
- Air Fryer Frozen French Fries
- Air Fryer Frozen Fish & Chips
- Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings
- Air Fryer Frozen Jalapeno Poppers
- Air Fryer Frozen Egg Rolls
Air Fryer Frozen Coconut Shrimp
Frozen Coconut Shrimp Ingredients:
- 1 Bag Frozen Coconut Shrimp
- Remove your frozen coconut shrimp from the freezer bag and load into the air fryer.
- Make sure that your frozen coconut shrimp is not overcrowded and that there is no loose breading.
- Cook for 8 minutes at 180c/360f.
- Serve with your favourite shrimp sauce.
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