What to Serve with Coconut Shrimp – 10 best sides to this turn delicious appetizer into a complete main dish.

what to serve with coonut shrimp - white plate with shrimp garnished with lemons and parsley

We’re all had this popular dish in restaurants.

It’s also a personal favorite of mine to make at home in the air fryer!

This crispy Coconut Shrimp appetizer also makes a great weeknight dinner with a simple side dish for a complete meal.

Below is my no-fail air fryer Coconut Shrimp recipe and orange dipping sauce for full on tropical vibes.


  • Quick and easy to make.
  • They turn this popular appetizer into a main dish.
  • Each side will compliment the sweet, crispy taste of Coconut Shrimp.
  • There’s a side dish for every appetite.


Here’s the full recipe for my air fryer homemade Coconut Shrimp. Air frying is a great option to make some of my favorite dishes healthier.

  • air fryer
  • jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined (1 pound tails on)
  • all purpose flour (1/2 cup)
  • Old Bay Seasoning (1 teaspoon)
  • large eggs (2)
  • shredded coconut (1 cup -unsweetened used but can use sweetened)
  • panko breadcrumbs (1/2 cup)
  • cooking spray


Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees then lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper then set up a dredging station:

First bowl, combine flour and Old Bay seasoning.

Second bow, whisk the eggs.

Third bowl, blend the coconut and panko breadcrumbs together.

Dredge the shrimp into the flour mixture and shake off any excess flour.

Next dip the shrimp into the eggs then dredge in the coconut/panko mixture and transfer to the prepared baking sheet.

Spray each piece of shrimp with cooking spray then transfer to the air fryer basket leaving a little space between them (work in batches if necessary).

Cook 9-12 minutes or until golden brown, turning them over halfway through cooking.

Remove from the air fryer, lightly sprinkle with salt.

Garnish with chopped parsley and serve this crunchy shrimp right.


  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade (can use preserves or jam)
  • 2 tablespoons Thai chili sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Add sauce ingredients to a small bowl. Stir to combine well then set aside.

what to serve with coconut shrimp - white plate with coconut shrimp and orange dipping sauce garnished with parsley


Coconut shrimp is a delicious appetizer.

With the perfect side dish makes a great main dish on busy weeknights or anytime you’re craving something light and refreshing.

Of course the best side dishes are the ones that are favorites with you and your crew! 

French Fries (or sweet potato fries)

parchment paper with pile of air fryer french fries and dipping sauces

These beauties need no introduction.

Golden, crispy outside, fluffy inside — I’m obsessed!

Cucumber Salad

Chickpea Tomato Cucumber Salad whips up in under 10 minutes with tasty flavors and a light lemon dressing! Great side dish or lunch.

10 Minute salad of tomatoes, cucumber, chickpeas and feta in a light, lemony-dill dressing.

4-Ingredient Coleslaw

black bowl with creamy shredded coleslaw

Just 4 ingredients and 5 minutes – crunchy slaw tossed in a creamy tangy-sweet dressing.

Easy 6 Minute Green Beans

perfect side dish with chicken tortellini alfredo

My fool proof recipe for how to cook fresh green beans in just 6 minutes – tender-crisp and perfectly cooked.

Fresh Mango Salsa

Make ahead sweet Mango salsa recipe with fresh pineapple, bell peppers and red onion.

Add white rice or brown rice for a tropical-style meal.

Creamy Parmesan Rice

Creamy rice with parmesan cheese and a burst of lemony flavor.

Baked Potato

overhead view - loaded air fryer bakes potatoes

This classic side dish is always a it. Crispy skin, fluffy soft potato inside.

Top with butter, sour cream, cheddar cheese — you get the picture!

Macaroni and Cheese

bowl of loaded mac and cheese with spoonful lifted out

Easy stove top creamiest Mac and Cheese from scratch.

New England Clam Chowder

overhead view of bowl of new england clam chowder garnished with toasted croutons

30 minute creamy New England Style Clam Chowder.

Loaded with clams, tender potatoes and crispy salty, smoky bacon.

Key Lime Pie

It's not what to serve with Coconut Shrimp but what to serve AFTER! The ultimate tropical dessert - Key Lime Pie!

Technically not what to serve with Coconut Shrimp – but what to serve after!

Key Lime Pie is the ultimate dessert recipe with Coconut Shrimp.

Crushed pretzel crust, creamy key lime filling garnished with a raspberry sauce you won’t want to miss.



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Tried any of these sides or this crowd-favorite finger food? Leave a comment, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ rating and TAG ME on social media! @agoudalife or #agoudalife 

what to serve with coonut shrimp - white plate with shrimp garnished with lemons and parsley

What to Serve with Coconut Shrimp

10 best side dishes to turn this delicious appetizer into a main dish. Also included – my no fail Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
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