24 October 2011

Crunchy Coconut Shrimp Won-tons

Crunchy Coconut Shrimp Won-ton Cups

I'm going to go ahead and post the test-recipe size so you can try it out for yourself and then double... triple... quadruple... the amount to impress your friends and family.  But if you simply want to chow down without sharing, the measurements below are perfect for just you.

But you'll be more popular if you share.


Crunchy Coconut Shrimp Won-ton Cups
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Though it looks fancy and complicated,  this appetizer is ridiculously quick and easy!  I feel like I've hit the foodie jackpot with this one!  I even bragged to paul...

Coconut Shrimp Wontons
Crunchy Coconut Shrimp Won-ton Cups
[makes 10 crunchy cups]
what's in it?
10 large raw shrimp, peeled + cleaned [fresh or frozen!]
10 Nasoya won-ton wrappers [find them near the bagged salads+ tofu]
4 Tbsp shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened
3-4 Tbsp panko breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 Tbsp butter
dried parsley, salt, + pepper, to taste
natural olive oil cooking spray

optional topping freshly grated parmesan cheese
optional dip sweet chili sauce adds an undeniable WOW factor to the mix!

Trader Joes Sweet Chili Sauce

gadgets needed
a frying pan/skillet + mini muffin pan [a fabulous investment! I scored mine for $2.50 at the grocery store + they can be found as low as $5 on amazon.com]


get cooking!
Preheat oven to 365F.  If using frozen shrimp, defrost before using.  I have this kooky theory that cooking the shrimp tail-on adds extra flavor to the shrimp, and simply remove the tail before baking.  You can basically do whatever you'd like and I'll love you just the same =)  Saute your shrimp in 1/2 Tbsp of melted butter with 1/4 tsp of garlic powder.  Feel free to add an extra sprinkle if you love the taste of garlic =)  While the shrimp cook, add 3-4 Tablespoons of panko breadcrumbs and 4 Tablespoons of shredded coconut.  I wound up skipping the salt and pepper and adding a generous sprinkle or two of parsley to the dish.  The pop of color is gorgeous!  The shrimp will be done when they begin curl up and turn opaque. Then they're ready for the oven!

Spritz your mini muffin pan with olive oil and line with wonton wrappers to create cups. [see photo]  Place a shrimp at the bottom of each wonton cup and then top with the sauteed panko/coconut/parsley mixture.  If you're feeling feisty, add a little grated parmesan cheese after baking.  I did this for half my coconut shrimp cups so I could taste test both variations.  Both rocked!  Spritz a teeny bit more olive oil on top of each cup and  bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.  You'll want to immediately stuff you face, let them cool a little so you don't burn the roof of your mouth, which is exactly what I always do.  I'll never learn.

Crunchy Coconut Shrimp Won-ton Cups

Cocont Shrimp Wontons

so... how was it?
This is HANDS DOWN my new favorite recipe. For Ever Ever!  Ok probably not forever, I fall in love with new creations oh-so frequently.  But oh. my. gosh.  Make these NOW!!!!!  If you like coconut shrimp, you'll love these even more.  If you don't like coconut shrimp [I actually don't... true story!] then you'll still ADORE these!  They taste like a crunchy little bite of summer... and, frankly, that's exactly what I need when the winter is approaching =) Plus it makes a fun appetizer for parties =) They're crunchy, buttery, and absolutely delicious.  I'll certainly be making them again tonight b/c I scarfed the entire plate without even one left for Paul to try.  Whoops!

I spent nearly my entire life absolutely loathing coconut until this past year.  Larabar's Key Lime Pie bar opened my eyes to coconut and made my tastebuds flip.  Then I made my own at home [whoo! recipe!] and found myself adding EXTRA coconut! [who AM I!?]  Next thing I know I'm buying coconut milk in bulk and loving every second of it.  And now I have this fabulous recipe to add to the yum!  Hope you love it as much as I do <3


Are you a fan of coconut?  
If not, ready to give it another chance? =)

Coconut Shrimp AlfredoCarrot Coconut MuffinsKey Lime Pie Larabar Recipe 

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61 comments:

  1. You inspire me to be a more "adventurous cook" & yes I LOVE COCONUT! Even though I have not tried coconut in any meals other then desserts.. I'm sure I would love it.

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  2. YUMMY! Coconut is my favorite!!!!

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  3. Love, love coconut shrimp. Those look amazing! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  4. I am madly in love with coconut, but add shrimp? Oh my! I suppose I'll have to get myself a mini-muffin pan!

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  5. This looks amazing. I love coconut shrimp... so good.

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  6. Oooh my LANTA! This sounds so freakin' amazing! I might be drooling right now... but only a little ;)
    Definitely trying this!

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  7. You get the biggest gold star ever for making this creation! Looks amazing AND simple! I am bookmarking --- especially with the holidays coming up these would be an awesome appetizer!

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  8. This is by far the best idea I have heard in a while. I cannot wait to make it myself and then share it with my mother. I just ate dinner but feel the need to go the store and get all of the ingredients so I can jump right in.

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  9. I WANT THEM!!! I'll be making these in the very near future!!

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  10. Wow these are beautiful!!! They look so delicious :-)

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  11. Lurrrrrve recipes like this!! Perfect for parties...or, um, sitting around by myself and eating them on my own :-)

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  12. Mmmm coconut and shrimp two of my faves! Tell Paul lightbulbs aren't as tasty ;) Gonna definitely try this one!!

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  13. Um...YUM! I have already eaten dinner but now you have me starving again. :) I can't wait to try this!!!

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  14. How pretty! I love these pics :)

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  15. This sounds awesome! Will definitely try it---I love the easy/yummy thing (and coconut is one of my faves...I hated it until a couple years ago but now I'm in love!)....

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  16. I swear those won-ton wrappers are the best thing ever. You can seriously do anything with them!

    Delish looking as always! :)

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  17. girl you hit the jack pot and them some! Youre on a roll this week!

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  18. LOL i love pauls text back to you. too funny!

    ok these look delicious...im inspired to get down and dirty in the kitchen to make these one day soon

    i just pinned it :-)

    xoxox

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  19. oh em gee, I want these now! Can you believe I've never cooked with wonton wrappers? I really need to change that. I love coconut on everything so this is so right up my alley.

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  20. I LOVE coconut shrimp. You always make the prettiest dishes :)
    I would love to make these for a party appetizer. They're so cute!
    Thanks for the recipe!

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  21. I really don't like coconut!!! But, these do look wonderful... maybe I'll get adventurous...?

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  22. Your convo with Mr. P almost made me pee myself.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  23. Oh I love this idea! What a cute little appetizer. I am saving this for when people come over. =)

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  24. as cute and tasty as those wontons look, i must confess something...i will never make them :/

    what can i say, i lie quick and easy and i know damn well a restaurant will make those better than i ever could. hey i'm being honest! lol.

    but i will say i do loooove coconut shrimp so brownie points there right?

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  25. you know i love my wonton cups! i don't like coconut but i could get on board with those shrimp!

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  26. Total fan of coconut, along with the rest of the blog world my guess would be. These. look. awesome. I must give this wonton thing a try!!

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  27. I love this idea!!! So creative, and the result looks delicious. Definitely inspired to try this!

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  28. Wow these look SO good! And not even too difficult (I guess I say that now.. I shouldn't talk before I try it hahaha)

    I love wonton wrappers! Sometimes I even lightly fry them and eat them with some drizzled honey. Not so healthy, but SO delicious!

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  29. Wow! These look lovely! Ha! Your conversation made me laugh out loud! :)

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  30. Wow! never seen this kind of recipe before, I'm putting it on my "to do list"!

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  31. I love coconut anything. I miss coconut cream pie Larabars so much!

    Coconut butter, coconut oil, coconut flour...they really have so many uses and can make a 'meh' meal really special.

    xxx

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  32. I recently saw a recipe on Food Network where she used bread, flattened it with a rolling pin and used it instead of the wonton skins. Don't know if that would be cheaper, but overall this is a great idea!

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  33. Wow these look fantastic, what a great recipe!! I'll definitely be trying these :)

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  34. YUM. times a million. I'm tackling these babies when I'm not feeling like a lazy bum and am motivated to make excellence in the kitchen....

    which may not be soon. but I will do it.

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  35. OOOOHHHHH i love shrimp and coconut together. i can't wait to try this!!

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  36. WOWWEEE those look scrumptious - can't wait to try.... made my day!

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  37. What a great recipe to break out the mini muffin pan for! I hated coconut until recently too. Probably because of an unfortunate puking incident at 5:)

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  38. These look so great! I'm a HUGE fan of coconut shrimp and actually haven't had it in ages! I'm totally bookmarking this and making it sometime soon! Thanks for the creative recipe!!!

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  39. Sooo I don't eat shrimp... but I feel like the wonton wrappers are a brilliant idea!!! (Better than the lightbulb, for sure)

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  40. Yum! I am a huge fan of coconut shrimp. The hubster doesn't care for it as much :( I may be able to convince him to give it a go!!

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  41. These look phenomenal and they'd be great for a party! Yum! I love coconut...especially with shrimp!

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  42. WOW!!! AMAZING once again! I want a shrimpie in my mouth!

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  43. This looks simply delicious!

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  44. Oh dannnng this truly looks delicious, girl!! :) Is Asian food or asian style food your favorite?

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  45. omg they look..incredible!! i developed a life threatening shellfish allergy out of the blue about 10 years ago so can never eat shrimp again but oh, how i want to.

    stunning!!! photography, too!

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  46. You had me at "crunchy coconut". I love coconut. And shrimp. And I've never made wontons but didn't know it was so easy! :)

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  47. Yummm! I am loving this and each and every ingredient! Looks so light and refreshing!

    I'm not a huge fan of coconut, but when I see recipes like this I usually give it a try and am always impressed!

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  48. Love your site! This recipe looks amazingly delicious!!

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  49. Jenn, your creativity with these wonton wrappers ceases to amaze me! You're a genius, girlie! I've never tried coconut shrimp before...that needs to change. I was like you, I used to HATE any and all things coconut, but then I tried a slice of coconut almond cake a couple of years ago and fell in love! I don't know what I was thinking all those years turning down sweet glories shreds of heaven! ;)

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  50. These are just spectacular! Coconut shrimp is a favorite of ours but we've never done them in won-ton like this. Great for our next party. Beautiful photos, too.

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  51. Thank you for making this recipe and sharing your reviews. You had me at coconut!

    I'm going to try it soon.

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  52. The shrimp looks beautiful and the wontons appear so crispy. I can tell you're an adventurous cook! Thanks for sharing this delicious-looking recipe.

    Alaiyo

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  53. They were awesome! 

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  54. I am SO EXCITED to make these! They look amazing. My husband and I do cocktail parties all the time and these are perfect!!

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  55. Yay!!!! They are PERFECT for a party! <3 I hope you and your friends looooove them as much as I do! Everyone that has made them so far has raved so I do a little happy dance every time! hehe

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  56. Love this!  What a great app for a party!  I can't wait to try this one, I'm pinning it just so I don't forget!

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  57. Annie @ All the IngredientsThursday, December 08, 2011

    Even since I learned to use wonton wrappers in cupcake pans, I can't get enough of recipes like this--and I love coconut shrimp! I think I have mini cupcake pans in the back of the cupboard that were my mother's. However, no one else in my household likes shrimp. I may have to make these just for myself...

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  58. Most of my friends don't "do" shrimp too, but its worth making just for you! The recipe on my blog is exactly for one person (with a few for later... i left them out and I actually liked them cold too. lol)

    but here are a few that you can make for everyone else while you chow on the coconut shrimp:

    mini quiche wonton cups: http://www.peasandcrayons.com/2011/05/mini-quiche-cups-shortcut-tomato-tarts.html
    pizza roll wonton cups: http://www.peasandcrayons.com/2011/08/damn-you-pizza-rolls.html

    Hope that helps keep everyone's belly happy! MWAH!

    xoxo
    Jenn

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