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Red Lobster Pina Colada Shrimp by Todd Wilbur

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“Update: This recipe was created by Todd Wilbur for his cookbook "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2" (Penguin Random House 2007). Those Red Lobster commercials get me every time. Just can’t resist those visuals of endless shrimp, crab legs and lobster tails! Now I have said it before, that I’m not a huge seafood fan, but I do love shrimp. Cook this recipe for someone special, fix a nice cocktail, close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting on a sunny beach. Ahhhhh…summer will be here sooner than you think.”
12 Shrimp

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prepare pina colada dipping sauce by combining all ingredients. Sour cream, pina colada mix, crushed pineapple and granulated sugar. Cover & chill.
  2. Heat oil to 350 degrees in a deep fryer or a large heavy skillet.
  3. Measure 3/4 cup of flour into a medium bowl.
  4. In another medium bowl mix together the remaining 3/4 cup flour, sugar, and salt. Stir milk and rum into flour mixture. Let this batter stand for five minutes.
  5. In the meantime, combine panko breadcrumbs and shredded coconut into a third bowl.
  6. Butterfly cut each peeled shrimp before you start the battering- leaving the tail intact.
  7. Dip each shrimp once in the flour, then the wet batter, then coat each shrimp with the panko/coconut mixture. Place the shrimp on a plate until all of them are battered.
  8. Fry shrimp by dropping one at a time into the hot oil for 2 to 3 minutes or until the shrimp are golden brown. Only fry a few shrimp at a time. Remove shrimp to paper towels to drain.
  9. Serve shrimp with pina colada dipping sauce or shrimp cocktail sauce along with salsa.

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