Grilled Coconut Shrimp

Love coconut shrimp, but not the extra calories that come with it? Grilled coconut shrimp are sweet, crunchy and around 300 calories per serving.

grilled shrimp on plate with one dipped in sauce

I just downed a dozen coconut shrimp, and I don’t have one bit of guilt because they were grilled with this sweet, salty Orange Coconut Salt. The only regret I do have is that I didn’t grill more.

I love coconut shrimp, but I can do without the extra calories that come from all the breading and the deep fryer. Really, it’s the flavor and texture that I crave.

I’ve tried to coat shrimp in coconut and grill or bake them before, but I’ve always been less than impressed. The coconut either burns or becomes soggy, but not with this salt. The secret is in the toasted ground-up coconut that you prepare yourself.

mixer full of coconut salt

All you have to do is toast some coconut and combine it in a food processor with some orange peel and salt. I recommend using the jarred peel that you can find in the spice aisle. It’s dryer than fresh zest, which helps with the crunch.

Grilled shrimp hanging from glass full of marmalade

To finish this dish off, serve it alongside my copycat Outback dipping sauce made with orange marmalade, horseradish and honey mustard.

plate of grilled shrimp

grilled shrimp on plate with one dipped in sauce

Grilled Coconut Shrimp

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 309 kcal
Author: Christie

Love coconut shrimp, but not all the extra calories that come with them? These grilled coconut shrimp are sweet, salty, crunchy and guilt free at around 300 calories per serving.



  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb shrimp

Orange Coconut Salt

  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp McCormick Valencia orange peel

Dipping Sauce

  • 2 tbsp orange marmalade
  • 1 tsp prepared horseradish
  • 1 tsp honey mustard


  1. Rub olive oil on the shrimp. Sprinkle liberally with orange coconut salt.
  2. Grill on high for about 3 minutes per side.
  3. Serve hot or cold with dipping sauce.

Orange Coconut Salt

  1. Spread the coconut on a pan and bake in a 425-degree oven for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir and bake for one more minute.
  3. Pulse the coconut in a food processor or mini chopper, until fine.
  4. Combine with the salt and orange peel.

Dipping Sauce

  1. Combine ingredients.
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Coconut Shrimp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 309 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 381mg 127%
Sodium 2014mg 84%
Potassium 171mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Sugars 14g
Protein 31g 62%
Vitamin C 9.9%
Calcium 22.4%
Iron 19.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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