How to Make Joe's Crab Shack Coconut Shrimp

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Joe's Crab Shack Coconut Shrimp

Joe's Crab Shack's coconut shrimp is battered with a crunchy, coconut-infused batter and is served with a pineapple plum dipping sauce. At the restaurant, the dish is served with a mayonnaise-based coleslaw and fries. The Joe's Crab Shack Coconut shrimp recipe is not difficult and it makes for a crowd-pleasing dish. The secret of preparing the dish at home is to have a high-quality fryer, or closely monitor the cooking oil for the proper cooking temperature. While leftovers can be reheated, it is not advised. As with most fried foods, reheated coconut shrimp loses some of the crunchy texture and may become chewy upon reheating.

JoesCrabShack.jpgFlickr User szeke
Offered by Joe's Crab Shack
Customer service phone 205-981-2999[1]
Served as Side dish
Main ingredients Shrimp, coconut
Cooking method Fried
Similar to Red Lobster coconut shrimp
Author Laura Acevedo

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Joe's Crab Shack Coconut Shrimp Ingredients

  • 1 can crushed pineapple
  • 1/4 cup red plum preserves
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup yellow sweet and sour sauce[2]
  • 1 1/2 lb raw shrimp
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 12 ounces flaked coconut[3]
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. Cayenne pepper

Joe's Crab Shack Coconut Shrimp Recipe

  1. Drain crushed pineapple and place in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  2. Add 1/2 cup sugar to the pineapple.
  3. Pour sweet and sour sauce into bowl.
  4. Place 1/4 cup red plum preserves into the sauce mixture.
  5. Stir dipping sauce, then place into a sauce pan.
  6. Heat sauce on medium low for about 20 minutes. The sauce with thicken when ready.
  7. Grate coconut in a blender for about 20 seconds to make the texture finer.
  8. Clean, shell and de-vein shrimp. Butterfly them open.[4]
  9. Pour water into a medium-sized bowl.
  10. Crack eggs into water and mix to create an egg wash.
  11. Place half of the cornstarch on a plate.
  12. Put the remaining cornstarch in a mixing bowl.
  13. Add coconut, salt, flour, Cayenne pepper and sugar to the cornstarch, then mix to incorporate.
  14. Heat deep fryer to 365 degrees.[5]
  15. Roll each shrimp into the corn starch on the plate.
  16. Dip shrimp into the egg wash.
  17. Roll each shrimp into the coconut mixture. Ensure the mixture coats each shrimp well so that no shrimp can be seen under the batter.
  18. Put shrimp into the heated oil.
  19. Strain the shrimp from the oil when they float. Avoid overcooking.

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While large shrimp do better for battering, medium-sized shrimp have more flavor. If you prefer a milder coconut shrimp, reduce the amount of sugar used and leave off the cayenne pepper. For a spicier mix, add 1/4 tsp black pepper.

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