Coconut Shrimp

Coconut ShrimpBefore being married, my wife and I traveled to Maui, where we celebrated my sister-n-law’s marriage. We stayed in Maui for nearly two weeks, soaking up the sun, relaxing, and of course, eating really good food. On one dinner occasion, my wife had ordered coconut shrimp. It sounded so delicious, but if you know me, I have more of a spicier palette. Sitting across from her, watching her eat these coconut shrimp, I just knew she was in heaven. Nothing could have been better for for dinner for her that night.

As many of you readers know that when my wife loves something so much, I attempt to recreate it, and get the feeling from the snapshot from when we had it in the past. Keep in mind that there are dishes like Pancit Bihon, where I have to go with my instincts from her childhood, however those are far and few. Prepare yourself for the coconut shrimp. These things are sweet, lightly salty, and truly delicious.


  • 15-20 (you could use more) large, fresh shrimp, cleaned and deveined
  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of cornstarch
  • 1 cup of ice cold water
  • 1 tbs of salt
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tbs of ground white pepper
  • 2 cups of shredded coconut
  • Oil for frying

Coconut ShrimpFirst you need to make your batter. Add the flour, cornstarch, salt, and pepper into a large bowl. Combine and mix this. Then add your ice cold water, as well as the two tablespoons of oil. Add you shrimp to the batter and coat thoroughly. You can set this aside for a few minutes and let them get all excited in the batter. In the meantime, add about a cup or so of cooking oil to a pan and bring to a medium to high heat. If you want to get technical, around 350 degrees. Also, preheat your oven to 350 degrees as these will go in the oven for a few minutes to finish off.

In a second bowl, add the coconut. Now get ready for some batter fun. Take the battered shrimp, a few at a time, and add them to the coconut bowl. Toss them around and make sure the shrimp are covered in coconut. Add them to the pan, about six at a time, depending on the size of your pan. Cook these until golden brown, then remove with a slotted spoon to remove any excess oil, and let drain on a paper towel before adding them to a baking sheet to finish off. Continue this process until the shrimp are cooked. Place these in the oven for roughly 4-6 minutes. This will get the coconut going and warm up the shrimp again.

Coconut Shrimp

Serve these with a sweet and sour sauce, horseradish with honey and mustard mix, or my wife’s favorite which is a warmed orange marmalade. These shrimp come out with a great sweet crunch, with a lightly salty taste. Trust me, it’s all good.

The Burrito

Burrito with carnitasI have been leading up to this for some time now. I have been writing about the rice, and the carnitas; no need to write about the black beans, or salsa (just yet) at this time. What happens below is something truly wonderful. In all honesty, after the carnita experience, the burrito experience kicked in two days in a row. Why? Because there is leftover rice, beans, carnitas, salsa, and large flour tortillas. If you have ever been to Qdoba or a place like Chipotle, or heck, even your local latino getup, then watch how the tortilla is folded. This is important. The wrap is crucial, keep it in mind, as you will not want all the beauty to fall out. I will not put the amounts to put in the tortilla, use your judgment, as you will have to wrap this, and better yet, eat it.

  • Large Flour Tortillas
  • Shredded Carnitas
  • Shredded Cheese (to your liking)
  • Cooked Black Beans
  • Rice with Lime and Cilantro
  • Your favorite salsa
  • Sour Cream (optional)


  • Chips (store bought, or homemade(better))
  • Guacamole

Burrito with carnitasNow if you are like me and have eaten at places mentioned above, it seems like you bite into a big thing of rice, then beans, then comes the meat. It appears orderly, and as it is good, it is not great. Here we go. I say mine is great, because I eat at both places mentioned above with my wife. I have noticed the difference between my burrito and the chains mentioned above. The feeling was substantial.

My wife also orders the carnitas off the menu. Keep that in mind. The look, the feel, the emotion, it was different during our burrito time at home. It was something delightful. We honestly attacked them like hungry dogs on a beef bone. No kidding. The carnitas. The burrito. It’s all good.

You will need to either do two things with your tortillas; wrap them in foil and warm them in the oven, or put them in the microphone until warm and soft; roughly 25 seconds. Now you need to work quickly, as you want to wrap within the warm tortilla as it is flexible. Add your rice, the beans, salsa,

Rice with Lime and Cilantro

Rice with lime and cilantroMy coworker recently came back from the southern California region. You know me, sure, I am curious about the waves and possibly the skate scene out there, but more so on the food. I know that fish tacos are the deal in that area, however this time he mentioned rice, and because I was on the path of making a killer burrito, I decided to match a rice that is similar to that in the Qdoba or Chipotle restaurants. Really simple recipe here as it involves a few ingredients which include:

  • 1 cup extra long grain rice
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tbs of fresh, chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbs of fresh lime juice
  • small pinch of salt

I use a rice cooker, however if you do not have one of these, cook your rice as you normally would. I was horrible at cooking rice, until my wife, who grew up eating rice daily, stated one cup rice, to one cup water. It is also important to note to quickly rinse the rice with a small massage, however more important to not over rinse the rice. The rice cooker is great because once you add in the rice and water, you simply cover, and cook. The process takes less than twenty minutes.

When the cooker tells me it is done, I simply unplug the device, and fluff the rice with a rice paddle. I do this to release a lot of the contained steam and prevent any overcooking. Once the rice is cooked, let it cool for roughly thirty minutes before adding in the lime juice, cilantro, and salt.

Serve this as a side to your favorite meal, or heck, mix it in with black beans and a bit of your favorite salsa. Me? I fold mine into a killer burrito, or serve without the tortilla and eat with the carnitas, black beans, and guacamole.

Trust me, it is not only simple, but really good.