After getting good grades on my report card as a little girl, my parents would take me out for dinner at my favorite seafood restaurant. My dad starting making the joke, even then, that he will need to slip my date a $20 bill (later that dollar amount increased to $50 and so on…) if “the poor guy ever wants a chance at affording dinner with you.” My favorite food at the time? Lobster.
Looking back, I find it ironic that a girl born and raised in the Midwest has such an irreconcilable passion for seafood.
Usually, while traveling near the coasts, I try to eat as much locally caught, bought and cooked seafood as I can. The rest of the year, I am at the mercy of the best the Midwest can offer + flown-in treats.
Shrimp seem to be a no-fail go-to, especially when made with coconut.
My father-in-law found the original recipe for these shrimp on Skinny Taste. We made these together for a winter appetizer party in Pittsburgh a and they, along with the dipping sauce, disappeared in minutes. I made them again for a Friday night appetizer party with the same results.
For the recipe, click HERE – and just double the panko-coconut breading to ensure all the shrimp are adequately covered.