Can I Make "Coconut Shrimp"? (& Using Diet Mountain Dew for Batter)
Updated: Aug 28, 2020
I saw this Easy Recipes Video on YouTube and the Coconut Shrimp looked good. I had them growing up and wanted to try to make them myself. Also, I had all the ingredients around, except for beer.
Coconut shrimp are like other fried or crunchy shrimp -- except the outer crunch is from shredded coconut. I tried to look up the history of Coconut Shrimp and I would have called this a "Let's Go!" post about traveling through food, but the history is not clear. :) Maybe they are originally Polynesian or from Southeast Asia or the Caribbean?
"It's not clear where crispy, crunchy, and nutty, coconut shrimp entered the snack-food lexicon—they might be Caribbean, possibly Polynesian, or most likely, a purely American tiki-bar invention—but they're popular enough that you'll find'em everywhere from Thai restaurants to Irish pubs."
In this recipe, you coat the shrimp in an egg+flour mixture and then a Panko+coconut mixture.
What I used:
- Diet Mountain Dew (instead of beer)
- Salt & Pepper
- Panko breadcrumbs
- Shredded coconut
I didn't have any beer on hand, but I did have Diet Mountain Dew. Though I've had beer-battered chicken fingers and shrimp before and they are good and the beer is helpful for flavoring, I thought that it was mostly the carbonation, which is helpful for the light batter. I thought Diet Mountain Dew would be a good substitute and since it's lemon-lime flavored, it went along with the coconut flavor.
Then I dipped the shrimp in egg+flour+Diet Mountain Dew mixture and then in Panko+coconut mixture. I did have to really make sure that the shrimp were well-coated with coconut.
Then I fried them in oil.
RESULT: Success! :)
We are good at this! Nice and crunchy Coconut Shrimp! They were really good!
Also, you couldn't taste any Diet Mountain Dew Flavor. It just helped coat the shrimp. I think you could use it or other soda in place of beer for batter. There are recipes which use Coke or Dr. Pepper specifically. I'm not sure how much of the actual soda flavor would be infused into the food if you use those sodas, but I couldn't tell any Diet Mountain Dew taste. I think Sprite or Mountain Dew could be used -- for the carbonation -- in batters interchangeably with beer.
Give it a try! We are good at this!