Coconut Shrimp Won-ton Cups

These coconut shrimp won-ton cups are the perfect baked alternative to fried coconut shrimp. We love this quick and easy appetizer!

Coconut Shrimp Won-ton Cups

These baked shrimp won-ton cups are pretty much rocking our world right now.

They’re crazy quick to throw together (hellooo speedy snack!) and even easy to assemble for a crowd.

I’m posting the recipe for a small batch of 10 won-ton cups but feel free to  double, triple, or even quadruple the amount to impress your friends and family at your next shindig. If you simply want to chow down without sharing, the measurements below are perfect for just you!

But you’ll be more popular if you share.  

Though it looks all fancy and complicated,  this appetizer is so simple it feels like cheating. I feel like I’ve hit the foodie jackpot with this one!

Baked Coconut Shrimp Wonton Cups on parchment paper

baked coconut shrimp in pan

 Crispy Coconut Shrimp Won-ton Cups

We love these tasty wonton cups! Feel free to double (or triple) the recipe as needed to feed your crew.

Coconut Shrimp Won-ton Cups
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Coconut Shrimp Won-ton Cups

These coconut shrimp won-ton cups are the perfect baked alternative to fried coconut shrimp. We love this quick and easy appetizer!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Seafood
Keyword Coconut Shrimp Won-ton Cups
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

  • 20 large raw shrimp (peeled + cleaned)
  • 10 won-ton wrappers
  • natural cooking spray (olive oil or avocado oil are my favorite)
  • 4 TBSP shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
  • 3-4 TBSP panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 TBSP butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce for dipping or drizzling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 365 degrees F.
  2. If using frozen shrimp, defrost before using.
  3. Spritz a mini muffin pan with olive oil and line with wonton wrappers to create cups [see photo below]. Set aside.
  4. In a small pan over medium-high heat, sauté your shrimp in melted butter, adding minced garlic towards the end to prevent burning.
  5. While the shrimp cook, heat up another small pan and toast your coconut and panko. It should turn golden rather quickly so keep an eye on it. This only takes a minute or two.
  6. The shrimp will be done in just a few minutes, when they begin curl and turn opaque. Then they're ready for the oven!
  7. Place two shrimp at the bottom of each wonton cup and then top with the sauteed panko/coconut/parsley mixture. If preferred, you can also toss everything together in the pan with the shrimp and then spoon the mixture in all at once. 
  8. Spritz a teeny bit more olive oil on top of each cup and bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  9. You'll want to immediately stuff you face, let them cool a little so you don't burn the roof of your mouth, which is exactly what I always do. Whoops! Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh parsley (optional but the color pop rocks my world) and serve with sweet chili sauce for dipping. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Looking for won-ton wrappers at your local grocery store? They're located in the chilled section near the bagged salads and tofu.

Using medium shrimp? You should be able to fit 3 in each won-ton cup so feel free to use 30 medium shrimp instead of 20 large. you can add a little extra garlic too as desired.

 

If you get a chance to try these baller baked Coconut Shrimp Won-ton Cups, let me know! Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation!

 so . . . how were they?

SOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOD! These baked coconut shrimp won-ton cups are hands down my new favorite appetizer. Make them NOW!!!!!  If you like coconut shrimp, you’ll love these even more. Plus since they’re baked and not fried, that means we get to eat more!

They make such a fun appetizer for parties but honestly we’ve been making these bad boys and plopping down in front of our favorite show-of-the-moment (right now we’re alternating between Westworld and Handmaid’s Tale) after the chickpea has gone to bed. It’s like date night and home and I love it so!

Back to the food!

They’re crispy, buttery, and absolutely delicious. 

Baked Coconut Shrimp Won-ton Cups with sweet chili sauce

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  • Anne

    When can they be frozen during the process of making them, before or after baking

    • Hey Anne! I freeze my crispy baked shrimp wontons all the time but haven’t frozen these cups before. When I freeze the others I under-bake mine by a few minutes, skip the chili sauce (I add that before serving only) allow to cool slightly, then freeze. So they don’t stick together, you can place them on a plate, spaced and let them get nice and frosty for about an hour (or however long really) then transfer them to a baggie for easy access later on.

  • Jessica

    5 stars
    This is a winning appetizer! Totally sold on anything crunchy and with shrimp.

  • Diana

    5 stars
    I just love coconut and shrimp together! The texture in these is amazing!

    • I cannot believe I used to shy away from the combo – it’s an all-time favorite now!

  • Most of my friends don’t “do” shrimp too, but its worth making just for you! The recipe on my blog is exactly for one person (with a few for later… i left them out and I actually liked them cold too. lol)

    but here are a few that you can make for everyone else while you chow on the coconut shrimp:

    mini quiche wonton cups: https://peasandcrayons.com/2011/05/mini-quiche-cups-shortcut-tomato-tarts.html
    pizza roll wonton cups: https://peasandcrayons.com/2011/08/damn-you-pizza-rolls.html

    Hope that helps keep everyone’s belly happy! MWAH!

    xoxo
    Jenn

  • Annie @ All the Ingredients

    Even since I learned to use wonton wrappers in cupcake pans, I can’t get enough of recipes like this–and I love coconut shrimp! I think I have mini cupcake pans in the back of the cupboard that were my mother’s. However, no one else in my household likes shrimp. I may have to make these just for myself…

  • Love this!  What a great app for a party!  I can’t wait to try this one, I’m pinning it just so I don’t forget!

  • Yay!!!! They are PERFECT for a party! <3 I hope you and your friends looooove them as much as I do! Everyone that has made them so far has raved so I do a little happy dance every time! hehe

  • Leanne Orabona

    I am SO EXCITED to make these! They look amazing. My husband and I do cocktail parties all the time and these are perfect!!

  • Johnathan Jensen

    They were awesome! 

  • The shrimp looks beautiful and the wontons appear so crispy. I can tell you’re an adventurous cook! Thanks for sharing this delicious-looking recipe.

    Alaiyo

  • Thank you for making this recipe and sharing your reviews. You had me at coconut!

    I’m going to try it soon.

  • Cheryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.com

    These are just spectacular! Coconut shrimp is a favorite of ours but we’ve never done them in won-ton like this. Great for our next party. Beautiful photos, too.

  • Liz @ Southern Charm

    Yummm! I am loving this and each and every ingredient! Looks so light and refreshing!

    I’m not a huge fan of coconut, but when I see recipes like this I usually give it a try and am always impressed!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    omg they look..incredible!! i developed a life threatening shellfish allergy out of the blue about 10 years ago so can never eat shrimp again but oh, how i want to.

    stunning!!! photography, too!

  • Jenn, your creativity with these wonton wrappers ceases to amaze me! You’re a genius, girlie! I’ve never tried coconut shrimp before…that needs to change. I was like you, I used to HATE any and all things coconut, but then I tried a slice of coconut almond cake a couple of years ago and fell in love! I don’t know what I was thinking all those years turning down sweet glories shreds of heaven! 😉

  • Jaz

    This looks simply delicious!

  • Love your site! This recipe looks amazingly delicious!!

  • WillJogForFood

    WOW!!! AMAZING once again! I want a shrimpie in my mouth!

  • Alexa @ SimpleEats

    These look phenomenal and they’d be great for a party! Yum! I love coconut…especially with shrimp!

  • You had me at “crunchy coconut”. I love coconut. And shrimp. And I’ve never made wontons but didn’t know it was so easy! 🙂

  • Oh dannnng this truly looks delicious, girl!! 🙂 Is Asian food or asian style food your favorite?

  • Yum! I am a huge fan of coconut shrimp. The hubster doesn’t care for it as much 🙁 I may be able to convince him to give it a go!!

  • Sooo I don’t eat shrimp… but I feel like the wonton wrappers are a brilliant idea!!! (Better than the lightbulb, for sure)

  • um yum!! Can’t wait to try these!!

  • These look so great! I’m a HUGE fan of coconut shrimp and actually haven’t had it in ages! I’m totally bookmarking this and making it sometime soon! Thanks for the creative recipe!!!

  • What a great recipe to break out the mini muffin pan for! I hated coconut until recently too. Probably because of an unfortunate puking incident at 5:)

  • Anonymous

    WOWWEEE those look scrumptious – can’t wait to try…. made my day!

  • OOOOHHHHH i love shrimp and coconut together. i can’t wait to try this!!

  • YUM. times a million. I’m tackling these babies when I’m not feeling like a lazy bum and am motivated to make excellence in the kitchen….

    which may not be soon. but I will do it.

  • Wow these look fantastic, what a great recipe!! I’ll definitely be trying these 🙂

  • Jessika (Chefs At Home)

    Wow! never seen this kind of recipe before, I’m putting it on my “to do list”!

  • I recently saw a recipe on Food Network where she used bread, flattened it with a rolling pin and used it instead of the wonton skins. Don’t know if that would be cheaper, but overall this is a great idea!

  • YUM! Pinned. 🙂

  • I love coconut anything. I miss coconut cream pie Larabars so much!

    Coconut butter, coconut oil, coconut flour…they really have so many uses and can make a ‘meh’ meal really special.

    xxx

  • ohhhh these look so good!

  • Wow! These look lovely! Ha! Your conversation made me laugh out loud! 🙂

  • Jes

    I really don’t like coconut!!! But, these do look wonderful… maybe I’ll get adventurous…?

  • Wow these look SO good! And not even too difficult (I guess I say that now.. I shouldn’t talk before I try it hahaha)

    I love wonton wrappers! Sometimes I even lightly fry them and eat them with some drizzled honey. Not so healthy, but SO delicious!

  • I love this idea!!! So creative, and the result looks delicious. Definitely inspired to try this!

  • Lauren

    How pretty! I love these pics 🙂

  • Cara @ EAT. PRAY. RUN.

    You get the biggest gold star ever for making this creation! Looks amazing AND simple! I am bookmarking — especially with the holidays coming up these would be an awesome appetizer!

  • Courtney B

    Oooh my LANTA! This sounds so freakin’ amazing! I might be drooling right now… but only a little 😉
    Definitely trying this!

  • Total fan of coconut, along with the rest of the blog world my guess would be. These. look. awesome. I must give this wonton thing a try!!

  • you know i love my wonton cups! i don’t like coconut but i could get on board with those shrimp!

  • as cute and tasty as those wontons look, i must confess something…i will never make them :/

    what can i say, i lie quick and easy and i know damn well a restaurant will make those better than i ever could. hey i’m being honest! lol.

    but i will say i do loooove coconut shrimp so brownie points there right?

  • Oh I love this idea! What a cute little appetizer. I am saving this for when people come over. =)

  • Your convo with Mr. P almost made me pee myself.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  • Christine's Pantry

    This looks amazing. I love coconut shrimp… so good.

  • KellyB@Goodfoodtripslife

    Love, love coconut shrimp. Those look amazing! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Ana

    YUMMY! Coconut is my favorite!!!!

  • I LOVE coconut shrimp. You always make the prettiest dishes 🙂
    I would love to make these for a party appetizer. They’re so cute!
    Thanks for the recipe!

  • oh em gee, I want these now! Can you believe I’ve never cooked with wonton wrappers? I really need to change that. I love coconut on everything so this is so right up my alley.

  • LOL i love pauls text back to you. too funny!

    ok these look delicious…im inspired to get down and dirty in the kitchen to make these one day soon

    i just pinned it 🙂

    xoxox

  • girl you hit the jack pot and them some! Youre on a roll this week!

  • I swear those won-ton wrappers are the best thing ever. You can seriously do anything with them!

    Delish looking as always! 🙂

  • This sounds awesome! Will definitely try it—I love the easy/yummy thing (and coconut is one of my faves…I hated it until a couple years ago but now I’m in love!)….

  • Um…YUM! I have already eaten dinner but now you have me starving again. 🙂 I can’t wait to try this!!!

  • Mmmm coconut and shrimp two of my faves! Tell Paul lightbulbs aren’t as tasty 😉 Gonna definitely try this one!!

  • Lurrrrrve recipes like this!! Perfect for parties…or, um, sitting around by myself and eating them on my own 🙂

  • Wow these are beautiful!!! They look so delicious 🙂

  • I WANT THEM!!! I’ll be making these in the very near future!!

  • This is by far the best idea I have heard in a while. I cannot wait to make it myself and then share it with my mother. I just ate dinner but feel the need to go the store and get all of the ingredients so I can jump right in.

  • I am madly in love with coconut, but add shrimp? Oh my! I suppose I’ll have to get myself a mini-muffin pan!

  • You inspire me to be a more “adventurous cook” & yes I LOVE COCONUT! Even though I have not tried coconut in any meals other then desserts.. I’m sure I would love it.

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