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Pile of breaded, golden fries shrimp with a dish of red sauce next to it.

Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

  • Author: Amy Estes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 18-20 shrimp 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Air fryer coconut shrimp are so delicious and quick and easy to make. This favorite restaurant appetizer can be made right at home in the air fryer. A healthier shrimp recipe that is super crispy and tastes fried. Made with only a few simple ingredients. Gluten free and sugar free!


  • 1 pound fresh large shrimp – peeled and deveined with tails on
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Olive oil cooking spray


  1. Prepare the shrimp – if you are using frozen shrimp then make sure it is defrosted and dry before you coat it. Dry the shrimp really well on a dry clean towel before you coat it. 
  2. Dredge the shrimp – combine the coconut flour with the garlic powder, paprika, and some salt and pepper in a medium, shallow bowl.  In another shallow bowl, crack and lightly whisk the eggs and season them with a pinch of salt and pepper.  In a third shallow bowl, combine the breadcrumbs with the shredded coconut. Then dip each piece of shrimp in the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumbs shaking off any excess as you go. Then place the coated shrimp onto a lined baking sheet or clean plate. Continue until you have coated all of the shrimp. 
  3. Cook the shrimp – preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees F and spray the basket with olive oil spray.  Working in batches, place some shrimp into the air fryer basket in a single layer, making sure none of them are touching, and spray them with more olive oil spray. Close and cook for 10 minutes flipping and spraying them halfway through the cooking time for the best crispiest results.  Continue until you have cooked all of the shrimp. 
  4. Serve – serve these air fryer coconut shrimp hot with a sprinkle of lemon juice and parsley and some cocktail or chili sauce for dipping. 


  • Use fresh larger shrimp since they will shrink as they cook. 
  • Leave the tails on the shrimp to make it easier to dredge them as well as dip them after they are cooked. 
  • You can store the cooked shrimp in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the air fryer at 350 degrees F for 3 minutes. 
  • If the shrimp are not crisping up then increase the air fryer temperature to 380 degrees F. This may be necessary since air fryer times and temps vary.  I tested this recipe in a Cosori 5.6-quart air fryer
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Healthy snacks and appetizers
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American

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