Although the exact origin of coconut shrimp and what type of cuisine it belongs to are unclear, it is loved by many. Theories behind its origin include Polynesia, the Caribbean, or even possibly it's been thought to be created as an American fusion. Since it's unclear what kind of cuisine they are, you can usually find coconut shrimp to order at seafood restaurants, but it's also easily made at home! Whether cooking frozen coconut shrimp or making it from scratch, you'll need some delicious sides. Here are some delicious side dishes for coconut shrimp.
Keep your meal light and fresh with this delicious roasted cauliflower recipe. Full of flavor, it's made with fresh rosemary, salt, pepper, and fresh cloves of garlic. Cooked in the oven, they're ready in about 30 minutes.
This roasted Brussels sprout recipe is so easy and delicious. To prep, cut off the ends of the Brussels sprouts and season with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Then, cook in the oven for 40 minutes or until they're tender but crispy on the outside.
Brown Rice Salad With Cranberries & Sweet Potato
This brown rice salad with sweet potatoes is the perfect side dish for coconut shrimp. It's healthy, easy, and filling. It's a great fall recipe when sweet potatoes are in season, and the dressing is delicious made with orange juice, honey, vinegar, dijon mustard, and shallots.
This apple coleslaw is a great recipe to brighten up your meal. It's creamy while also juicy. Made with sour cream, mayonnaise, vinegar, lime juice, scallions, apples, and seasonings, this recipe can be pulled together in just 15 minutes.
Cucumber Dill Salad
This is a great Summer side dish when you're looking to make coconut shrimp. With cucumber, red onion, fresh dill, and an oil and vinegar dressing, this is a delicious, light, and bright recipe. It's also really quick and easy and can be pulled together in just five minutes.
Fresh Spring Rolls With Peanut Sauce
Although you may have never thought to make fresh spring rolls at home, it's really easy and delicious. Made with thin rice noodles, cabbage, butter lettuce, cucumber, carrot, green onion, and jalapeno (optional), these spring rolls can be ready in 45 minutes.
Coconut Rice With Lime
This coconut lime rice is a great pair for your coconut shrimp. The lime and coconut flavors are the perfect duo. This recipe is easy, delicious, and filling. Made with rice, coconut milk, lime, and salt, it's simple and can be ready in just 30 minutes.
Curry Fried Rice
This Thai curry fried rice is a great recipe, whether as a side dish or as the main dish, and then topped with coconut shrimp. It's quick and easy to make with leftover cooked rice, sesame oil, onions, garlic, soy sauce, curry powder, vegetables, and seasonings.
Pineapple Mango Salsa
This is another recipe that has tropical flavors and will pair amazingly with your coconut shrimp. Often, pineapple mango salsa is known for pairing well with seafood. Made with mango, pineapple, onions, peppers, and lime juice, this recipe is easy and delicious.
Sweet Potato Farro Salad
This sweet potato farro salad is another great Fall recipe when sweet potatoes are in season. It's also well-rounded with farro and kale and is brought to life with a tangy and sweet balsamic dressing. This Mediterranean recipe can be pulled together in just 35 minutes.
This is another tropical recipe that will pair well with coconut shrimp and is to die for. Most often, people just eat fresh pineapple, but grilling it makes it so delicious. Whether you choose fresh or canned pineapple paired with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon, you'll fall in love with this recipe.
Garlic Butter Broccolini
To me, broccolini is the upgraded version of broccoli. It has a delicious crunch that makes it stand out. This broccolini recipe is full of flavor with butter and garlic. Once prepped, sautee the broccolini in garlic butter and top with lemon zest. This recipe is super easy and can be done in 15 minutes.
Sweet Pepper, Mushroom, And Onion Medley
This is a great vegetable recipe as a side dish for your coconut shrimp. After cutting up a blend of different colored peppers, mushrooms, and onions, season it with salt, pepper, and garlic. Then, finish it off with some balsamic vinegar for the final touch.
Here's a coleslaw recipe but with a tropical take. Made with cabbage, pineapple, carrots, and a soy-ginger lime vinaigrette, this recipe is the perfect pair for your coconut shrimp. It also pulls together really quickly in just 15 minutes.
If you love asparagus, then you have to try this amazing lemon butter asparagus recipe. It's easy to pull together, and the whole family will love it. First, boil the asparagus, and while that is cooking, pull together the lemon butter sauce. Made with lemon juice, vegetable broth, white vinegar, heavy cream, sugar, butter, and seasonings, this recipe can be ready in 20 minutes.
Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries
These panko-crusted zucchini fries are delicious. Paired with a basil cream sauce, this recipe will add a nice sweetness to your coconut shrimp meal. While the zucchini fries cook for about 20 minutes, pull together the sauce by mixing Greek yogurt, fresh basil, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.
Avocado Chickpea Salad
This healthy and delicious avocado chickpea salad is a great side dish. Made with avocado, chickpeas, feta cheese, red onion, parsley or cilantro, lemon juice, olive oil, sumac, salt, and pepper, it's full of flavor and can be pulled together in 20 minutes.
Kung Pao Brussel Sprouts
Spice up your Brussels sprouts with this kung pao Brussels sprouts recipe. Made with sesame oil, ginger, garlic, chili paste, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and brown sugar, this side dish is full of flavor.
Golden Rice Pilaf
This 30-minute golden rice pilaf is fun and flavorful. Seasoned with turmeric, cumin, salt, and pepper and cooked in vegetable broth, the rice itself has tons of flavor. Then, top it off with some pomegranate and almonds to add brightness and crunch.
Beet And Mandarin Orange Salad
This beet salad is a great recipe to make and top with coconut shrimp. Simple and easy, it can be ready in just 15 minutes. Using spinach, red onion, mandarin oranges, feta cheese, and pine nuts, it has delicious toppings and is mixed together with a honey-mustard lemon vinaigrette.
Asian Sesame Ginger Slaw
This is another great coleslaw recipe that can pair well with coconut shrimp. It's healthy and delicious and made with quinoa, kale, cabbage, carrot, cilantro, and a sesame ginger vinaigrette.
Arugula Pear Salad
This arugula pear salad is a great Fall recipe made with arugula, blue cheese, walnuts or pecans, and a honey-dijon vinaigrette. If you don't like blue cheese, you can easily substitute it for feta cheese.
Broccoli Cranberry Salad
This broccoli cranberry salad is a delicious recipe if you're looking for something savory and sweet. Made with broccoli, red onion, cranberries, and pecans, it's mixed together with a creamy apple cider vinaigrette dressing.
Cashew Crunch Salad With Sesame Dressing
This cashew crunch salad is another Asian-inspired side dish that will pair well with coconut shrimp. Ready in just 30 minutes, it's made with cabbage, carrots, edamame, cashew, crunchy chow mein noodles, green onions, cilantro, and a creamy sesame vinaigrette.
Coconut Creamed Spinach
Lastly, this coconut creamed spinach is the perfect pair for coconut shrimp. The coconut flavor will keep your meal cohesive, and the spinach will make it a healthy, well-rounded meal.
- 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups uncooked converted rice
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon lemon grass paste
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 garlic cloves, pressed
- 1 (13.5 ounce) can coconut milk
- 1 medium-size red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 1/2 pound peeled cooked shrimp1 cup diagonally sliced fresh snow peas
- Garnishes: lime wedges, chopped fresh cilantro
- Combine the first 9 ingredients and 1 cup water in a 5-quart slow cooker.
- Cover and cook low for 3 hours or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.
- Stir in shrimp and snow peas.
- Cover and cook for 15 more minutes.
- Garnish, if desired.
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