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Coconut shrimp debuted after World War II during the Tiki Craze. The U.S. was stricken with island fever after veterans came home from the Pacific Theater, and all things evoking the beach and the tropics were trendy. Sweetened and shredded coconut was introduced to the American palette at the time.
For about three decades, from the 1940s to the 60s, Tiki culture was an ever-present feature of American culture. Bartenders and party hosts mixed rum-based tropical cocktails, including Blue Hawaiians and Mai Tais.
Dinners served Polynesian food such as pu-pu and rumaki platters. Coconut shrimp also became popular and continues to be so today as an appetizer, entree, and party finger food.
Coconut shrimp can be baked, deep-fried, pan-fried, baked, sautéed, skewered, and grilled or stir-fried. All these ways combine briny shrimp and sweet coconut, complementing each other perfectly.
Even the coating has variations, with some recipes calling for plain, panko, or mixed bread crumbs to be combined with the coconut. Furthering the island flavor, finely chopped nuts such as tropical macadamias can also be added to the coating.
Some recipes call for coconut milk marinade to enhance the coating’s flavor. Other recipes call for the use of coconut oil for frying.
Typically, recipes will require some sweet dipping sauce. A great variety of flavors is available, and there will be one that suits your taste buds. The most popular choices are plum sauce, mango chutney, apricot jam, sweet & sour sauce, orange marmalade, peach jam, and sweet chili sauce.
Our Coconut Fried Shrimp
You won’t be able to resist The Crab Shack’s Coconut Shrimp. Ours is made with fresh coconut and bread crumbs, fried, and then served with a plum sauce, hush puppies, and coleslaw.
Get Your Coconut Shrimp Here: The Crab Shack Menu for Crofton.
Seeking Super Seafood?
Lovers of super seafood, including fat, juicy crab, don’t have to drive to Baltimore, Ocean City, Hooper’s Island, or Annapolis anymore. Stay close to home and enjoy incredible deliciousness all year at the two locations below!
Our Crofton branch can accommodate a large party group, so if you are interested in reserving tables, please call (443) 302-2680.