Inside Cooking

Inside Cooking Ep 142: Paleo Crunchy Coconut-Macadamia Shrimp

Paleo Crunchy Coconut-Macadamia Shrimp are terrifically tasty shrimp are packed with tropical flavor and baked to a healthy crispness, not fried in oil. They’re fabulous on their own or serve them with a sweet-and-sour dipping sauce or a spicy fruit salsa.


Ingredients (for 6 servings)

  • 1 1/2 pound large shrimp or extra-large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3/4 cup raw unsalted macadamia nuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 1/4 cup fine unsweetened dried coconut
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder



Position a rack in the top third of the oven and preheat the oven to 475°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.


Pulse macadamia nuts in a food processor just until finely chopped. Transfer nuts to a shallow bowl and stir in coconut, salt, and cayenne. Place egg mixture in another shallow bowl and arrowroot in a third shallow bowl.


Holding a shrimp by the tail, dip it in arrowroot and shake off excess. Next, dip it in the egg mixture and let excess drip back into the bowl. Finally, dip shrimp in nut mixture, pressing gently so it adheres evenly. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining shrimp.


Bake shrimp until lightly browned and crisp, about 8 minutes. Serve warm.

Nutritional Facts

Per Serving: Serving size: (about 5 shrimp), 340 calories (240 from fat), 27g total fat, 13g saturated fat, 150mg cholesterol, 660mg sodium, 10g carbohydrates, (4 g dietary fiber, 2g sugar), 17g protein.

Be sure to check out the recipe video on YouTube for more useful tips on the recipe!

Inside Cooking Ep 142: Paleo Crunchy Coconut-Macadamia Shrimp