Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple Salad

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Some coconut shrimp recipes call for sweetened coconut, but we preferred shredded unsweetened coconut in this recipe. It adds a lot of coconut flavor without making the dish too sweet. Quickly cooked in the air fryer, these shrimp are served with a tangy and sweet pineapple salad and some fresh red pepper to tie everything together.



  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Season the shrimp with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Beat the eggs in a large shallow bowl with a pinch of salt. Toss the coconut and panko together in another large shallow bowl. Dip the shrimp in the egg, letting the excess drip back into the bowl. Then, drop the shrimp in the coconut mixture and toss to coat, pressing with your fingers to adhere evenly. As you coat the shrimp, lay them on the baking sheet.
  2. Brush an air fryer rack with olive oil and preheat to 375˚ F. When the air fryer is ready, add half of the shrimp and cook, turning halfway through, until golden brown and cooked through, 6 minutes. Remove to a plate and repeat with the remaining shrimp.
  3. While the shrimp cook, combine the pineapple, bell pepper and red onion in a bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil, lime juice and sweet chili sauce; season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Toss well.
  4. Before serving, add the watercress to the pineapple salad and toss. Serve the shrimp with the salad and more sweet chili sauce for dipping.