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Air Fryer Publix Coconut Butterfly Shrimp

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Tropical Air Fryer Coconut Butterfly Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce - Publix


Introduction

Bring a taste of the tropics to your table with Publix Premium Coconut Butterfly Shrimp, perfectly crisped in the air fryer. This recipe elevates the classic coconut shrimp by pairing it with a tangy and sweet chili sauce, offering a perfect balance of crunch, sweetness, and a hint of spice.


Cooking these shrimp in the air fryer not only achieves that desirable crispy texture but also makes this dish a healthier alternative to traditional deep-frying. Ideal for an appetizer, a party snack, or a light entrée, these coconut shrimp are sure to impress with their flavor and simplicity.



Ingredients List

  • 1 package of Publix Premium Coconut Shrimp

  • For the Sweet Chili Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

  • Optional: 1 teaspoon grated ginger for extra zing



Step by Step Cooking Instructions

  1. Prepare the Sweet Chili Sauce: In a small bowl, mix together the sweet chili sauce, lime juice, soy sauce, and grated ginger (if using). Stir until well combined and set aside for dipping.

  2. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (204°C) for about 3-5 minutes, ensuring it's ready for cooking.

  3. Cook the Shrimp: Arrange the coconut shrimp in a single layer in the air fryer basket, ensuring they are not touching to allow for even cooking. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook them in batches. Air fry for 8-10 minutes, or until the shrimp are golden brown and crispy.

  4. Serve: Plate the crispy coconut shrimp with the sweet chili sauce on the side for dipping. Garnish with lime wedges or a sprinkle of chopped cilantro for an extra touch of freshness.


platter of publix coconut butterfly shrimp

Pro Tips and Suggestions

  • Serve these air fryer coconut shrimp over a bed of mixed greens for a light and refreshing salad, drizzling some of the sweet chili sauce as a dressing.

  • For an extra crispy coating, you can lightly spray the shrimp with cooking spray before air frying.

  • Ensure not to overcrowd the air fryer basket to achieve the best crispiness on all sides of the shrimp.



Interesting Alterations You May Want to Try

  • Add a splash of pineapple juice to the sweet chili sauce for a tropical twist.

  • For those who enjoy a bit of heat, mix a small amount of sriracha into the sweet chili sauce to elevate the spice level.

  • Incorporate shredded coconut into the dipping sauce for added texture and a boost of coconut flavor.



Key Takeaways and Calories

  • Air Fryer Publix Premium Coconut Shrimp offers a delightful and easy way to enjoy a gourmet-tasting appetizer that's both crispy and full of tropical flavors.

  • Utilizing the air fryer for this dish is a healthier cooking method, reducing the need for excess oil while still achieving a satisfying crunch.

  • Each serving of coconut shrimp, not including the sauce, is approximately 200-250 calories, making it a relatively light option that doesn't compromise on taste.



Conclusion

The Tropical Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce recipe is a celebration of flavors and textures, combining the sweetness of coconut, the succulence of shrimp, and the tangy kick of the chili sauce. This dish is perfect for those seeking a quick, delicious, and visually appealing appetizer or meal that brings a bit of tropical flair to any dining occasion.


With the ease of air frying, you can enjoy this restaurant-quality dish at home, impressing your guests or treating yourself to a flavorful escape.

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