Tuesday, February 25, 2014

"Coconut Shrimp" Recipe For “Wordless Tuesday!”

Welcome to “Wordless Tuesday!” Where there are no more words, just a mouth watering recipe which I know you have been waiting for…..


"Coconut Shrimp"

1 lb of uncooked shrimp peeled, de-veined, with or with out tails.
Peanut oil (for frying)
1/2 cup of ice water
1/4 cup of cream of coconut (you can find this in the drink mix isle)
3/4 cup of flour, sifted
3/4 cup of Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1/2 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut
Salt and pepper to taste

Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix ice water, cream of coconut and flour together in a bowl, add your salt and pepper to your taste, this is your tempura batter. (You can also buy in the grocery store pre made mixes of tempura batter) Next, mix in a shallow bowl the Panko breadcrumbs and the shredded coconut together. Set aside. Put oil in pan and heat up, so you will be ready to fry the shrimp. Working with one shrimp at a time, dip in tempura batter, then coat the shrimp in the Panko with the coconut and place on a baking sheet. You can have all the shrimp ready to fry and can be prepared up to 4 hours ahead of time. Cover and chill. Now once oil is heated, place very carefully in hot oil and fry till golden brown. Can be served on top of a mixed green salad or also as an appetizer with a dipping sauce or ginger vinaigrette.

"Apricot Preserves Dipping Sauce"

1/3 cup low-sugar apricot preserves
1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
2 tablespoons coconut milk
Mix all 3 ingredients together in a serving bowl

French Chardonnay or an Italian Pinot Grigio wine are great pairings for this fabulous dish.

******I know that this post is supposed to be just a recipe, but this is important to me and would like to share with my family and friends. I'm a super fan and personal friend of Micheal Castaldo. Michéal is the living embodiment of authentic Italian culture for modern North Americans. A native of Calabria in Italy, Michéal is an accomplished pop crossover singer of his native songs. Michéal’s life-long passion is his music. He practiced Bel canto, the cousin of opera, while at same time soaking up the Italian performances of Andrea Bocelli along with Elvis Presley and Tom Jones. This meshing of global musical interests would form his crossover future. His CD’s are incredible and is on Amazon.com for purchase. Some of his songs include Allelulia (Hallelujah), Il Mondo, Calabrisella Mia, Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle, and my favorite which is Nella Fantasia. There are many beautiful songs, that will take you on a journey through the hills of Calabria in Italy.

So now that you know a little about Micheal, I am reaching out to you, to ask for your help to vote for Micheal in Artistsignal. (ArtistSignal is a free social music platform allowing listeners to vote for a Top Artist each month. They give the Top Artist $10,000 to jump start their career. This allows listeners to propel talented artists to the top of their platform and gives artists an entirely new avenue to grow their fan base.) Just click on the link below....


We're looking to help him get to #1 next month (March). If you have not yet voted on Artistsignal, you will see that it's very easy to do. You can login using your Facebook account. If you have any questions please reach out to me, and I will be happy to help you, or better yet, let Micheal know by posting in the comment section on Artistsignal that you are on board with us! Micheal has brought us together with his music. Let's help him win this competition. Thanks in advance for your help. Ciao!

Till Next Time………

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  1. Good morning Dottie ,love shrimp with coconut and your dish is divinely delicious , I also like your choice in the pairing of wine , I like the Italian Pinot Girgio , it's deeply aromatic and smooth to the taste buds .
    Michael Castaldo is not a personal friend of mine , but I love his music and he do have a beautiful voice and of course I will vote for him and I am reaching out to all my family and friends . Yes ! Lets help him give his beautiful voice to the world . Thanks for sharing ... Blessing to you dear Dottie and thanks for sharing . :) Ciao !

    1. Many thank, Nee for your support of Dottie and in turn for Micheal Castaldo :)

  2. Good morning, Nee,

    Thanks for your visit....I also am a shrimp lover. I enjoy mostly shell fish. I had gone to a restaurant, and they served coconut shrimp over a fabulous tossed salad. So when I went home, I decided to try to re-create the dish. Plus the Pinot Grigio and French Chardonnay are light, and they bring out the flavor of the coconut with the shrimp. You don't want to use regular Chardonnay because it is to oak flavored, and too heavy with the light fish.

    I am thrilled that you know of Micheal Castalso and his music. He is amazing. Thank you so much for wanting to help with voting for him. Yes, his beautiful voice is something to be shared for sure! Just follow the link in my blog and write something in the comment section, to let Micheal know that you are helping him. He also gives rewards to those who vote as you can see on Artist Signal. Thank you so much...You can also hear some of his music on that site as well.

    Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your weekend, blessings...Dottie :).

  3. wonderful Blog Dottie - thank you so much for all you do for the culinary arts as well as sharing your love for my music with your readers. i so much appreciate your support.

    olive you mc

    1. Dear Micheal, Thank you for your words of support as well. I hope we can get more voters for you with this post. I play your music everyday, and it has given me much pleasure and peace! Olive You! Blessings.. Dottie

  4. Dear Dottie, This is one of my daughters favorite meals. The apricot dipping sauce is a perfect dip for the shrimp.
    I will look into Michael.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

    1. Dear Catherine,
      Thanks for stopping by...I agree with your daughter, these shrimp are fabulous and tasty especially with the sauce.. I could eat them all day.Thanks for checking out Micheal Castaldo...once you hear one of his songs, you will be hooked. Keep warm, and blessings for a great rest of the week.
      Dottie :)

  5. Dear Dottie,
    Those shrimps look so crunchy and soo tasty! We like shellfish in my family and we have it as a treat every so often. It is something for special occasions.
    I have looked into Michael's page, he looks very Italian indeed and he is a very good singer!

  6. Dearest Alida,
    Thanks for the visit...Yes, they were very crunchy and everyone I think enjoys shrimp in some form or another. I am glad that you liked Micheal's music, he is a fabulous singer, and I really enjoy listening to him. Yes, the appeal is that he sings in Italian, but also in English. He came from the same area in Calabria that my mom's, mother's (my grandmother) family came from in Italy.
    Blessings on a great rest of the week...Dottie :)

  7. shrimps look so crunchy ..really yumm..loved the dipping sauce too..first time here..so happy to follow you...

    1. Hi Gloria, Welcome.. Thanks for stopping by...Yes, these are so light and crunchy. The dipping sauce is a must to add a little zip to the shrimp. Please don't forget to come back on Friday for another delicious post and then on Tuesday for "Wordless Tuesdays" I am so glad that you are visiting...Enjoy and I hope to see you here again anytime. I also liked your blog! You have very interesting dishes there. I have to go back and look at more. Blessing Dottie :)