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Two coconut shrimp tacos topped with mango salsa and avocado

Coconut Shrimp Taco Recipe with Mango Salsa

  • Author: Deborah Harroun
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings, 2 tacos each 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex


Crispy coconut crusted shrimp are topped with a sweet and spicy mango salsa in this Coconut Shrimp Taco Recipe that brings a taste of the tropics to taco night!



Coconut Shrimp

  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • oil, for frying
  • 24 large shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed

Mango Salsa

  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 1/21 jalapeño pepper, finely diced
  • juice of 1 lime

For the tacos

  • 8 soft taco size flour tortillas
  • shredded purple cabbage
  • sliced avocados
  • cilantro
  • fresh lime juice


  1. Combine the panko, coconut, lime zest, salt and pepper in a shallow bowl or plate. In another bowl, beat the eggs. Place the cornstarch in a third bowl.
  2. Heat about 1 inch of oil in a heavy pot or cast iron skillet to about 350ºF.
  3. Working with a few shrimp at a time, dip them into the cornstarch first, shaking off any excess. Transfer to the eggs, then into the panko mixture, coating the shrimp completely. Place in the oil and cook until browned and crispy, about 2 minutes per side. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and repeat until all of the shrimp are cooked.
  4. To make the salsa, combine the mango, red bell pepper, onion, cilantro and jalapeño in a small bowl. Squeeze the lime juice over the top and stir to combine. If needed, season to taste with salt.
  5. To assemble, place 3 shrimp on each tortilla. Top with a couple slices of avocado, cabbage, cilantro, and some of the mango salsa. Squeeze fresh lime over the top, if desired.

Recipe Notes:

shrimp recipe adapted from Bon Appetit

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should be used as a general guide.


  • Serving Size: 2 tacos
  • Calories: 954
  • Sugar: 15 g
  • Sodium: 1608 mg
  • Fat: 42 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 18 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 90 g
  • Fiber: 6 g
  • Protein: 55 g
  • Cholesterol: 433 mg

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