Prep: 20 mins

Cook: 10 mins

Yields: 4 servings

Perfect for a SIBO friendly special appetizer or entrée, crunchy prawns are coated in shredded coconut and paired with a zesty ruby grapefruit salad. Suitable for Phase 1 Semi Restricted on the SIBO Bi Phasic Diet.

Coconut Crumbed Prawns And Ruby Grapefruit Salad


  • 1 egg
  • 1⁄2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1⁄2 tsp salt
  • 12 jumbo shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 1⁄2 cup coconut oil
  • 4 handfuls watercress, washed
  • 2 ruby grapefruit, cut into segments or slivers
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs white wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Break the egg into a bowl and beat until combined. Place the coconut and salt on a plate and mix thoroughly. Dip the shrimp in the egg, shake off excess, then dip in the coconut. Place on a clean plate. Repeat until all shrimp are covered.
  • Melt the coconut oil in a deep frying pan over medium-high heat. To test if the oil has come to temperature, dip a corner of a shrimp in the oil. If it sizzles, it is ready. Cook the shrimp in the oil until cooked through on both sides. Remove and drain on paper towel.
  • Place the watercress and grapefruit in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix the olive oil and white wine vinegar together. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the dressing onto the salad and mix thoroughly.
  • To serve, divide the salad and grapefruit segments over four plates. Top with three shrimp on each plate.

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4 thoughts on “Coconut crumbed prawns with a ruby grapefruit salad”

  1. as someone who is new to cooking animal products, it is frustrating when people say cook through. It would be much more helpful if you gave specific times of how long to cook something on each side. So that is my question, how long do I cook shrimp on each side?…and please don’t say something like…until it is opaque. Thank you!

    1. Rebecca Coomes

      Hi R
      It’s difficult to give exact times, because a small shrimp will take less time to cook than a large shrimp. One of the great things about getting more confidence in the kitchen is that you do learn when something looks cooked. Shrimp cook quickly and are really easy to see when they are cooked because they do change colour. When your shrimp goes from looking a bit slimy to opaque and firm, that means it is cooked. This will take a few minutes each side, but do look at what you’re cooking rather than only going by the clock.
      Good luck in the kitchen! It’s great fun as you build your confidence up.

    1. Hi Lorelei, you can always wet the prawns with water or a nut milk that you can tolerate and then attach the coconut to the prawns. It won’t be as sticky as egg is, but it’s an easy way of making an egg-free version.

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