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Coconut Shrimp: A Tropical Delight with a Local Twist

Coconut Shrimp: A Tropical Delight with a Local Twist

Coconut Shrimp Coconut shrimp, a beloved seafood dish, tantalizes taste buds with its crispy exterior and succulent interior. While its exact origin remains shrouded in mystery, this delightful treat has become a staple in restaurants worldwide. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the history of coconut shrimp, explore its various preparations, and highlight why The Feast Restaurant on Anna Maria Island stands out as a coconut shrimp haven in Southwest Florida.

The Origins of Coconut Shrimp

The exact birthplace of coconut shrimp remains uncertain, but it has graced tables across the globe. Some speculate that it hails from the Caribbean or Polynesia, while others attribute its popularity to American tiki bars. Regardless of its origins, coconut shrimp has become a cherished part of our culinary landscape.

The combination of sweet coconut and savory shrimp is a match made in culinary heaven. The tropical flavors likely contributed to its widespread appeal, especially in coastal regions where fresh seafood is abundant. The use of coconut in cooking is prevalent in many cultures, from Southeast Asia to the Caribbean, which might explain the diverse claims of its origin.

Over time, coconut shrimp has evolved, with chefs experimenting and adding their unique twists to the dish. Whether it’s served as an appetizer, a main course, or even as a street food snack, coconut shrimp continues to capture the hearts of food lovers everywhere.

Crunchy vs. Creamy: Two Ways to Savor Coconut Shrimp

Crunchy Coconut Shrimp


Crunchy coconut shrimp are coated in flour, dipped in an egg wash, and then rolled in a mixture of flaked coconut and bread crumbs. They’re deep-fried to golden perfection.


Panko or standard bread crumbs can be used, and chopped nuts like macadamia or almond add extra crunch. Some chefs prefer to add a hint of spice to the breading mixture, incorporating cayenne pepper or paprika for an added kick. The key to achieving the perfect crunch lies in the balance of the coconut and breadcrumbs, ensuring each bite is both crispy and flavorful.


Enjoy as an appetizer or a main course, often accompanied by dipping sauces like sweet and sour, peach, or sweet chili. The combination of the crispy shrimp with a tangy or sweet dipping sauce enhances the overall flavor, making it a crowd-pleaser at any gathering.

Popular Spots

Seafood restaurants and Caribbean tiki bars adore this crispy version. Its popularity has even spread to high-end dining establishments, where chefs put their gourmet spin on this classic dish.

Coconut Shrimp with a Creamy Twist


Coconut milk takes center stage in this sautéed or stir-fried version. Shrimp swim in a fragrant coconut bath alongside onions, garlic, tomatoes, and spices. The use of coconut milk not only adds creaminess but also imparts a rich, aromatic flavor that complements the shrimp perfectly.


Often served atop a bed of rice, this dish offers a creamy, tropical experience. It’s a popular choice in many Asian and Caribbean cuisines, where the combination of coconut milk and spices creates a comforting yet exotic flavor profile. Garnishing with fresh herbs like cilantro or basil can elevate the dish, adding a burst of freshness to each bite.

The Feast’s Take

At The Feast Restaurant, their coconut shrimp boasts a delightful balance of creaminess and flavor. The chefs use locally sourced ingredients to create a memorable dining experience. The addition of local spices and fresh produce ensures that each dish is vibrant and full of life.

The Feast’s version of coconut shrimp is not just a dish but an experience. The creamy sauce, infused with tropical flavors, pairs wonderfully with the tender shrimp, creating a symphony of tastes that transport diners to a tropical paradise.

The Feast Restaurant: A Coconut Shrimp Paradise

Located in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island, The Feast Restaurant has been tantalizing taste buds since 2009. Here’s why it’s a must-visit for coconut shrimp enthusiasts:

  • Family-Owned: Brothers Joseph and Christofer Dale helm the kitchen, ensuring fresh and exotic cuisine. Their commitment to quality and passion for cooking is evident in every dish they serve.
  • Menu Variety: From 5-star seafood to gourmet pizzas, The Feast offers something for everyone. Their extensive menu caters to a wide range of palates, ensuring that every diner finds something they love.
  • Craft Beer Selection: Explore the island’s largest craft and microbrew beer collection. The carefully curated selection of beers pairs perfectly with their diverse menu, enhancing the overall dining experience.
  • Coconut Shrimp: Their one dozen gulf shrimp, rolled in toasted coconut and flash-fried, come with an orange and ginger dipping sauce. It’s a tropical indulgence you won’t forget. The unique combination of the orange and ginger sauce with the crispy shrimp creates a flavor explosion that is both refreshing and satisfying.


Whether you prefer your coconut shrimp crunchy or creamy, The Feast Restaurant on Anna Maria Island delivers a delightful twist on this beloved dish. Their dedication to quality and innovation makes them a standout destination for coconut shrimp lovers.

So, next time you’re in Southwest Florida, make a beeline for The Feast and savor their coconut shrimp—it’s a taste of paradise! 🌴🍤

External Links:


  1. Coconut shrimp – Wikipedia
  2. Homemade Coconut Shrimp Recipe and Dipping Sauce
  3. Coconut Shrimp Recipe – Serious Eats
  4. The Feast Restaurant
  5. The Feast Restaurant – Coconut Shrimp

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