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Old 03-14-2006, 07:18 PM   #1
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Have you tried coconut shrimp?

Today, I got a shrimp combo at Red Lobster, and it had some coconut shrimp. I figured they'd use some grated coconut in the batter, which would be kind of crispy and crunchy. I didn't see anything like that...the shrimp tasted a lot like coconut cream pie, or a shot of Malibou Rum...couldn't even detect the taste of the shrimp. I thought they were awful, but I brought them home and little Jesse ate'em up.
Have any of you had some type of coconut shrimp that you found tasty? Maybe it was the recipe...maybe it was just me. For my taste, a little coconut goes a looong way.

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Old 03-14-2006, 07:41 PM   #2
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We had some in the Bahamas that was to die for! Very very yummy!!
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Old 03-14-2006, 08:36 PM   #3
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I have to prep these for work every now and then. It's pretty easy.

We use 16/20 count shrimp (that's probably a large shrimp at your grocery store). I butterfly the shrimp when I devein them. I leave the tails on. I bread the shrimp by dredging in flour, then into an eggwash, then into a 2:1 mixture of panko breadcrumbs and coconut flakes. I lay the breaded coconut onto waxed paper and freeze them. We deep-fry them, from frozen.

I'm addicted to Coconut Shrimp, and especially the sauce that Red Lobster serves with them. Side-by-side, I can't tell a difference in taste between the ones I make at work, and the ones you can get at Red Lobster.

I have a copy-cat recipe of the sauce, if you're interested.
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Old 03-14-2006, 08:37 PM   #4
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I have a friend who thinks the Coconut Shrimp at the Outback Steakhouse are the best things she's ever eaten.

I'd be looking for crispy, crunchy and more savory than sweet, too, Constance.

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Old 03-14-2006, 08:43 PM   #5
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I have a friend who thinks the Coconut Shrimp at the Outback Steakhouse are the best things she's ever eaten...
Outback is what I was going to suggest too. We haven't been in a while but the last time, they were served with a marmalade of some sort - very good. It seems they were coated and deep fried ...
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Old 03-14-2006, 09:23 PM   #6
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I like coconut shrimp, and I am not sure that Red Lobster would be the best place for them. The ones that I have had, actually had pieces of shredded coconut in the batter. I don't get them much because hubby don't like them.
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Old 03-15-2006, 12:26 AM   #7
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Red Lobster is to seafood as Kentucky Fried Chicken is to humane slaughter of chickens. That is to say, bottom of the food chain.

Coconut shrimp is really good when made right. And they do use coconut in a good coconut shrimp...you'll be able to tell because the shrimp will look like they have porcupine quills coming out everywhere.

If you get a chance, try Rainforest Cafe's...they make a good coconut shrimp. Also, be sure to ask for mango dipping sauce. It makes all the difference in the world with coconut shrimp.
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Old 03-15-2006, 10:09 AM   #8
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I believe I have tried them there before, there was a sampler platter of some sort that we tried that had the shrimp. I do remember them being good, along with some other stuff!! I ate to much that day!
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Old 03-15-2006, 10:54 AM   #9
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I guess I should have added that where I work, we don't use the same type sauce that Red Lobster uses. We use a sauce made from orange marmalade, with some horseradish, and I forget what else added.

I'd like to buy a bag of 8/12 count shrimp from work and make some Coconut Shrimp at home. Those are HUGE shrimp, about 2 oz each, or a little bigger than one of my fingers.
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Old 03-15-2006, 10:57 AM   #10
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AllenMI, i make them the exact way at the restaurant, only i use all coconut and no panko. i've tried to use malibu rum in the eggwash, but it was a little too coconutty.
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