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Pineapple, Macadamia, Coconut Baked Shrimp With Citrus Sauce

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“No frying, fresh flavors and a great addition of macadamia nuts gives this baked shrimp a great taste. This really isn't hard and cooks very quickly. When I make this for a dinner party, I always get the jumbo shrimp, but a good extra large shrimp will work just fine. TIPS: For the pineapple juice in the recipe, I just bought a couple of cans of the sliced pineapple rings and used the juice in the recipe, but then baked the rings along side the shrimp for a nice side dish. Also ... I love to serve this with a very simple rice pilaf and add some chopped scallions and chopped macadamia nuts to tie all the flavors together. It makes a great easy side dish.”
READY IN:
40mins
SERVES:
4-6
YIELD:
24 Shrimp
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 24 extra large shrimp, peeled, tails on and deveined
  • Cornstarch (Coating 1)
  • 23 cup cornstarch
  • 12 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • Egg Wash (Coating 2)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon pineapple juice
  • Coconut (Coating 3)
  • 1 cup coconut, lightly chopped
  • 14 cup macadamia nuts, fine ground
  • 12 teaspoon cumin
  • Citrus Dipping Sauce
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 12 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated (you could use 1 teaspoon ground, but the fresh gives it so much more flavor)
  • 12 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 -3 teaspoons cornstarch
  • Options
  • pineapple (after using the juice in the recipe, bake the rings along side the shrimp and serve as a side dish)

Directions

  1. Shrimp -- Peel, leave the tails on and devein. To devein, run a knife from the tail to the tip, and make a thin cut, just enough so you can remove the black vein.
  2. Dipping Sauce -- It just takes minutes to heat up, but now is a good time to get it ready to go. This can be heated up as the shrimp cooks. Just add everything in a small sauce pan and set on the stove. And remember, if you use the pineapple juice from a can of pineapple rings (save those rings), you can bake those for a side dish as you bake the shrimp.
  3. Coatings -- #1) In a small pan or bowl, mix the corn starch, salt and pepper and set to the side. #2) Mix the egg whites, honey and pineapple juice (you may want to heat up the honey for a few seconds in the microwave so it is easier to mix in). Just set to the side. #3) Lastly, add the coconut, macadamia nuts, and cumin -- again, to a small bowl or pie plate and set to the side.
  4. NOTE: I chop my macadamia nuts in my small food processor so they are fine ground, remove to the bowl or plate. Now the coconut -- I add this to my food processor and pulse only 1-2 times. Coconut is moist, and you don't want to puree it, so go easy.
  5. Shrimp -- Make sure the shrimp are dry, then and dip in the corn starch mixture, this will allow the coating to stick well. Next, the egg white, and then in the nut and coconut mixture.
  6. Bake -- Heat your oven to 400 degrees. Either spray a baking sheet with a non-stick spray or I prefer to line the baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the shrimp lying on their sides and spray with a non stick spray, (this will make the coconut crust get golden brown). Bake 7-10 minutes on the middle shelf until golden brown and flip. Cook another 5-7 minutes and they are done. They will start to curl up and the coconut will be golden brown.
  7. Note: Remember those pineapple rings? Melt 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons brown sugar in a small cup in the micro for 10 seconds. Brush on the pineapple rings and put them right on the same baking sheet as the shrimp. They won't take quite as long, so just check them. A great side dish and easy.
  8. Sauce -- As the shrimp bakes, your sauce is ready to go. Just heat to medium to medium high, you want it to come to a light boil, and then reduce to medium low. The corn starch once heated will naturally thicken the sauce. If you want it a bit thinner, just add a bit more orange juice or pineapple juice, that is up to you how thick or thin you want it. Serve warm.
  9. Serve -- Just ENJOY! I like to serve a little sauce in cups on each plate with the shrimp, the rice pilaf and my grilled pineapple rings.

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