Bobby’s Lighter Coconut Shrimp

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By Bobby Deen

478 Fewer Calories
41 g Less Fat

Bobby’s Lighter Coconut Shrimp

1/2 cup orange marmalade fruit spread (Smucker’s Simply Fruit)
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon curry powder
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
6 tablespoons plain panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup flaked unsweetened coconut
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 large egg whites
1 pound large shrimp, peeled (tails left on), deveined, butterflied, and patted dry (21 – 25 count)


Preheat the oven to 450°F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

To make the dipping sauce, combine the marmalade, vinegar, curry powder, and red pepper flakes in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is heated through, 1 – 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; set aside. 

To make the shrimp, combine the panko, coconut, and flour on a sheet of wax paper. Beat the egg whites in a medium bowl until slightly frothy. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Lift each shrimp from the egg whites, letting the excess dip off the shrimp, then coat in the crumb mixture, pressing to adhere. Place the shrimp on the baking sheet in a single layer. Lightly spray with nonstick spray. Bake until the shrimp are golden on the outside and opaque in the center, 8 – 10 minutes. Serve with the sauce.

Per Serving: 215 Cal (31% from Fat, 32% from Protein, 37% from Carb); 19 g Protein; 8 g Tot Fat; 6 g Sat Fat; 1 g Mono Fat; 21 g Carb; 3 g Fiber; 8 g Sugar; 59 mg Calcium; 3 mg Iron; 184 mg Sodium; 115 mg Cholesterol

Yield:  6 servings
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Difficulty: Moderate

Original recipe courtesy Paula Deen:  Coconut Fried Shrimp with Dipping Sauce
Lightened Up recipe courtesy of Bobby Deen and the Paula Deen Test Kitchen

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Reader Comments:

What a Great Idea this is to lighten up your favorite recipes!!!  When will we see “Bobby Lightens It Up!” cookbook?  I will be the first to buy one!

By Diane Nelson on December 09, 2010

I can’t wait to try this recipe, sounds yummy.

By Arlette on September 21, 2010

I so enjoy watching your mom and you working so close together, My daughter likes to take my recipes and tweak them too.Some of mine were passed down from my great grandmother so I have done my fair share of tweaking my 100+ old recipes.
Food service, cooking, entertaining has always been my favorite thing to do.
Keep them coming. Best wishes.
Lynn Byers McClellan

By Lynn Byers McClellan on September 15, 2010

This sounds awesome!  I make a coconut shrimp that involves frying and was wanting a lighter version.  THANKS!

By Hope on September 15, 2010

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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
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