Coconut Shrimp with Apricot Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

Guest blog and recipe by Emily Hill @wonderwhyimfat.

I love ordering coconut shrimp when I go out. The only problem is they’re always greasy and deep-fried. I wanted to make a lighter version of my favorite appetizer with less oil. You could bake these in the oven or use your air fryer like I did.

Coconut shrimp always reminds me of the summer, and with the super addictive apricot sweet chili dipping sauce, it’s the perfect flavor combination for this time of year.

There are many health benefits to eating this dish as well. Shredded coconut is rich in potassium, magnesium and calcium. It’s also loaded with antioxidants. Shrimp contains prebiotic fibers[1] that nourish the beneficial bacteria in the gut as well as vitamin B12!

When shopping for the coconut flakes, you can choose between sweetened or unsweetened. Both taste great!

Last, but certainly not least, I added in capsules Just Thrive Probiotic to the flour mixture to get in my daily dose of probiotics. Consuming my probiotics with shrimp is way more fun than swallowing pills!

Coconut Shrimp with Apricot Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Course: Side dish, Appetizer
Diet: Dairy free, Pescatarian
Servings: 3

Coconut Shrimp Ingredients:

Apricot Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce Ingredients:


  1. Thaw your shrimp and remove the shells and devein if applicable.
  2. Add flour, capsules of Just Thrive Probiotic, and salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl.
  3. Once your shrimp is thawed, pat dry and coat each one in your flour mixture.
  4. In another bowl, scramble your eggs, and then dip each shrimp.
  5. Combine the coconut and panko in a third bowl. Dip your shrimp into the coconut mixture until well coated.
  6. Spray the shrimp with cooking spray and place into the air fryer at 350 degrees for 6 minutes.
  7. Flip each shrimp and spray the tops with more cooking spray, and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until done.
  8. For the dipping sauce, mix the apricot jam, sweet chili sauce, and lime juice until well combined. Enjoy!

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  1. Chapin D. Seafood and Gut Health: A Happy Tummy for Successful School Days. Premier Catch. September 18, 2023. Available from: Accessed June 5, 2024.

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