Baked Coconut Shrimp with Spicy Pineapple Dipping Sauce are super crispy and slightly sweet, served with a simple 4 ingredient dipping sauce!
One of my favorite things about traveling is the copious amounts of food we get to indulge in.
I love to do a bit of research to see if there are any ‘must haves’ for dishes, restaurants and even sites that a must see. So when we traveled down to Key West, we had on our eyes on a breakfast joint that served amazing Lobster Eggs Benedict and a banana pancake bigger than my head. Fresh banana’s filled a nutty, whole grain pancake that only tasted better when doused in copious amounts of maple syrup. And, not to mention they make fresh whole grain bread in house, which I devoured spread with fresh, softened butter. My weakness.
Another dish we couldn’t leave without? Seafood! And all types!
Despite being pregnant, I had to limit to intake but that didn’t stop me from seeking out all the shrimp possible. Specifically the coconut shrimp! Both Dustin and I have a special place in our heart for the sweet and crunchy shrimp that only tastes better when dunked into a fruit based dipping sauce.
There is very few things to not love about about Coconut Shrimp. Tender, sweet shrimp all wrapped in a super crunchy coating. I love the coconut as it heightens the natural sweetness of the shrimp plus coconut alone is pretty amazing. I know there is haters out there of coconut. And I feel sorry for you. Really I do. Because coconut is pretty much one of the best flavors out there. It rates pretty high in my book; right up there with anything peanut butter, guac and the killer combo of lemon and blueberry.
This dish is rather simple too and not to mention it’s baked! Typically coconut shrimp is fried which is great every now and then, but when you are wanting to consum mass quantities on a regular basis and save your skinny jeans, baked is the way to go. Unless you have one of those freaky fast metabolism’s. And if you do, don’t tell me. I will be envious for etnerity.
Besides the shrimp alone being perfection, the dipping sauce is what makes this dish. When consumed alone, its so so. (Hey don’t want to lie to you…). But when the shrimp are dunked in, it ties it all together. Perfect little pieces that great one stellar appetizer.
The spicy pineapple dipping sauce is only 4 ingredients and comes together in about 2 seconds. Whisk together apricot preserves (I used sugar free!), crushed pineapple, a bit of red pepper flakes and apple cider vinegar to tie it all together. If you are crazy about hot, keep sprinkling on that red pepper. If it’s not your thing, no worries, just scale it down or leave it out all together! You pick.
I am telling you, one bite and you will be sitting seaside!
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