Shrimp is on my mind today (fyi it's National Shrimp Day) and I keep thinking of the shellfish's most famous big screen moment. Remember the shrimp scene from Forrest Gump where he and Bubba become friends in Vietnam, and Bubba describes his aspirations of opening a shrimp restaurant? This scene not only made every watcher hungry for seafood, but it also sparked a chain of Bubba Gump restaurants around the country. When Bubba is rattling through the list of ways one can cook with shrimp (gumbo, salad, stew, etc) he mentions coconut shrimp and I've got the recipe. You could watch Forrest Gump, make the shrimp dish, and celebrate National Shrimp Day all at the same time!
To watch the clip (seriously it never gets old - I laugh every time) and check out the recipe for coconut shrimp,
1/2 pound medium-size fresh shrimp
3/4 cup pancake mix (Bisquick)
3/4 cup beer
1/4 cup flour
1 cup flaked coconut
- Peel shrimp, leaving tails intact. Devein, if needed. Rinse well and drain thoroughly.
- Pour oil to depth of 2" into a Dutch oven or deep fryer; heat to 350F.
- Combine pancake mix and beer in a small bowl; stir until smooth.
- Dredge shrimp in flour; shake off excess.
- Dip shrimp into batter; dredge in coconut.
- Fry, a few at a time, 45 seconds on each side or until golden. Drain on paper towels.