Coconut Shrimp with California Avocado Hot Sauce

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 Coconut Shrimp with California Avocado Hot Sauce

Coconut shrimp – a seaside classic – gets a Californian twist with a unique California Avocado Hot Sauce that combines cool, creamy avocados with spicy jalapeños for a tasty kick.


Serves: 4
lb.  shrimp, medium-sized, peeled and deveined
tsp.  paprika
tsp.  garlic powder
1/8  tsp.  salt, or to taste
1/8  tsp.  pepper, or to taste
1/8  tsp.  black pepper, or to taste
Tbsp.  extra virgin olive oil
cup  coconut flakes
cup  panko bread crumbs
cup  vegetable oil
    California Avocado Hot Sauce, (see make-ahead recipe below)
    California Avocado Hot Sauce Ingredients:
  jalapeno peppers, stemmed, seeded and sliced in half lengthwise
1 1/2    ripe, Fresh California Avocado, peeled, seeded and chopped
  cloves garlic
1/2  bunch  cilantro, chopped
1/2    lime, juiced
1/4  cup  white vinegar
tsp.  olive oil
tsp.  water
1/8  tsp.  salt, or to taste
1/8  tsp.  pepper, or to taste

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados


  1. Dry shrimp with a paper towel and mix with paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and set aside.
  2. Mix coconut flakes and panko bread crumbs in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, beat eggs and set aside.
  4. Add vegetable oil to a deep skillet and place on high heat for about 10 minutes.
  5. Dip shrimp in beaten eggs then the panko/coconut flakes and add to the hot skilled for 3-5 minutes or until the coating is crispy.
  6. Serve on a shareable plate with California Avocado Hot Sauce.


California Avocado Hot Sauce Instructions:

  1. In a dry skillet on medium-high heat, add jalapeños to slightly blister.
  2. Once blistered, place in a blender or food processor with remaining hot sauce ingredients. Blend until smooth and vibrant green.
  3. Place in a small ramekins for dipping.


Serving Suggestion: For a spicier hot sauce, leave seeds in the jalapeños. Serve a plate of Coconut Shrimp with California Avocado Hot Sauce along with a side of fries for a hearty, shareable meal.

Beverage Pairing: A light lager or pilsner would make a crisp pairing with the fresh fried shrimp.

*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Lindsey Baruch

Lindsey Baruch is a Los Angeles based food photographer, recipe developer, food stylist and social media manager. She loves to share all types of recipes&amp| cuisines, her travels and restaurants on her Instagram page @lindseyeatsla. Outside of food, Lindsey participates in weekly kundalini yoga and loves going to concerts and music festivals which you can find her sharing on her instagram stories in addition to step by step recipes of what she’s making for dinner.

Lindsey is a brand advocate. Their content on the California Avocado Commission website and/or blog is part of their partnership with our organization.

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