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TV Dinners: Forrest Gump - Coconut Shrimp

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,

Forrest Gump's Coconut Shrimp
From CD Kitchen

1/2 pound medium-size fresh shrimp
3/4 cup pancake mix (Bisquick)
3/4 cup beer
vegetable oil
1/4 cup flour
1 cup flaked coconut

  1. Peel shrimp, leaving tails intact. Devein, if needed. Rinse well and drain thoroughly.
  2. Pour oil to depth of 2" into a Dutch oven or deep fryer; heat to 350F.
  3. Combine pancake mix and beer in a small bowl; stir until smooth.
  4. Dredge shrimp in flour; shake off excess.
  5. Dip shrimp into batter; dredge in coconut.
  6. Fry, a few at a time, 45 seconds on each side or until golden. Drain on paper towels.

Serves 4.

Join The Conversation
bugness bugness 10 years
The woman that played Bubba's mom is allergic to shrimp :p
SU3 SU3 10 years
I *love* the coconut shrimp from Bonefish - sooo delicious!
jendudley jendudley 10 years
I am alergic to shrimp too,but I still eat it! This recipe looks soooo easy!
partysugar partysugar 10 years
Mme Hart: I say sure give it a try with chicken, I bet it would be delicious!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Hey had yours at red lobster! they have a pina colada dipping sauce! although, outbacks are more coconutty, and they givey ou some kind of a fruity marmalade to dip them in, and i like that better!
1missy 1missy 10 years
This is so funny we had shrimp last night not even knowing that it was National Shrimp Day. We very seldom have shrimp at home.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
I'm extremely allergic to shrimp...wonder what this would be like on chicken or something :?
bobcatsteph3 bobcatsteph3 10 years
Forrest Gump is my favorite movie, and shrimp one of my fav foods! I don't know where I was but last time I had coconut shrimp with some kind of pina colada dipping sauce, now that was TASTY! Thanks for the recipe, so easy!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
mmmm coconut and shrimp? making my mouth water!
chancleta chancleta 10 years
dude I recently watched the Food Network's "Cater your Hawaiian wedding" and was salivating watching Tyler Florence and his coconut shrimp! THANKS YUM! You read my mind.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I love outback steak houses Gold Coast coconut Shrimp. with that sweeet marmalade. mm. now i can make my own! Thanks yum!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Delicious! Coconut shrimp has to be one of my favorite meals ever.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Oooo sounds yummy.
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