Keto Coconut Shrimp (Nut Free, Air Fryer Option)

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This Keto Coconut Shrimp recipe will hit all the right notes in your mouth! It’s a tasty, finger food appetizer or entree to serve to family and friends!

If you’ve never tried coconut shrimp, now is the time my friends! It’s basically an easy way to enjoy tasty shrimp! Shrimp coated in shredded coconut which is then fried, pan-fried, baked or even air fried! You can enjoy this as a meal by adding some delicious Oven Fried Broccoli and Cauliflower and some Miracle Noodles for a complete family friendly low carb meal. You could also make this for a party and serve as an appetizer with some keto cocktail sauce. Either way you cook these coconut shrimp will be divine and your family will be asking you to make it again and again! 


Some people aren’t into frying, I get it. But I will say, if you are following a ketogenic diet, this is the best way to make this keto coconut shrimp. So tasty when fried in coconut oil in a skillet. But for those of you opposed to frying, I have given air fryer directions. We tried this recipe both ways and while the coconut shrimp was just as crispy in the air fryer, the family and I felt the coconut shrimp was tastier and more satisfying when fried in the coconut oil. Choose your favorite way and enjoy!

Shallow Bowls– Needed to separate the 3 different coating options to make these crispy coconut shrimp!

Baking Sheet pan– A large sheet pan is needed after prepping the shrimp in the 3 different bowls of mixtures. 

Large Cast Iron Skillet– Cast iron is fantastic because it really crisps up your food and keeps a nice consistent heat in the pan for even cooking. 

Air Fryer (Optional)– I have an extra large air fryer as the standard options are just too small for a family of 5 for dinner. 

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Keto Coconut Shrimp (Nut Free, Air Fryer Option)

Author Brenda Bennett/Sugar Free Mom


Optional Cocktail Sauce to serve


  1. Set cleaned and peeled shrimp aside in the fridge until your coatings are mixed.

  2. Combine coconut flour, onion powder, paprika, garlic powder and salt and pepper together in a shallow bowl. Set aside.

  3. Place eggs in a shallow bowl and beat. Set aside.

  4. Add shredded coconut, crushed pork rinds and salt to a shallow bowl and whisk together to combine.

  5. Place 4-5 shrimp into the coconut flour spice bowl and coat on both sides. Dip into eggs then coat in shredded coconut and pork rind mixture. Place onto a baking sheet and finish coating the rest of the shrimp.

Frying in Oil

  1. Place coconut oil in a large skillet, heat over medium high heat, add enough coconut oil until you have about 2 inches once melted in pan. Temperature should reach 350 degrees F. Test oil by dropping a piece of shredded coconut into pan, if it sizzles, oil is ready.

  2. Place half the shrimp in one layer into the oil. Wait 2-3 minutes then turn over when nicely browned. Cook another 2-3 minutes then remove onto a baking sheet lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil. Continue the second batch of shrimp until all nicely browned on both sides.

Air Fryer Option

  1. Spray basket with avocado or coconut oil cooking spray. Place half the shrimp in the basket. Cook for 5 minutes at 400 degrees F. Flip over and cook another 5 minutes or until nicely browned and crispy. Finish with the second batch and follow same procedure.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition info does not include oil for frying.

Net Carbs: 3g

Nutrition Facts

Keto Coconut Shrimp (Nut Free, Air Fryer Option)

Amount Per Serving (1 serving @ 3.5 ounces)

Calories 225 Calories from Fat 90

% Daily Value*

Fat 10g15%

Saturated Fat 5g31%

Cholesterol 302mg101%

Sodium 1255mg55%

Potassium 131mg4%

Carbohydrates 7g2%

Fiber 4g17%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 22g44%

Vitamin A 194IU4%

Vitamin C 4mg5%

Calcium 141mg14%

Iron 3mg17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Blessings, Brenda

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