I want to give Friday a big, fat hug.

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It’s been a WEEK.

That started with a MONDAY.

The shouting is necessary because I’m dramatic and I mean, without all caps how do I convey my feelings? I don’t know. I just don’t know.

Would you like to eat some lettuce wraps? If I want to eat lettuce wraps, you probably do too. Things have to be delicious for me to wrap them in lettuce. That is a life fact.

Beer Battered Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Mango Avocado Salsa I howsweeteats.com

The nice thing about this shrimp is that you don’t have to be concerned with deep frying it. In fact, you can probably make this entire recipe, from start to finish, in 30 minutes or less. That’s what I like to hear.

Instead of using olive or vegetable oil, I cooked the shrimp in my favorite… coconut oil. In my opinion it’s one of the best ways to cook almost any type of seafood and after remembering my dad cooking some beer battered fish in a thin layer of oil on vacation many moons ago, I figured I didn’t need to deep fry. This was so much easier and so flavorful. Pretty sure I’m going to start doing this with my crispy shrimp tacos because uh, yeah. It’s just delicious.

Beer Battered Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Mango Avocado Salsa I howsweeteats.com

I know that Lent is rapidly flying by and I never did any sort of fish/seafood roundup for my invisible internet friends, but that’s because I… just… can’t… pick. It’s overwhelming. I sort of like fish. A lot.

Okay okay – if I have to pick, like if you are totally forcing me, I’d start with this crisp salmon with dijon cream or this toasted sesame salmon. If you’re in the mood for a sandwich type thing, you could do shrimp burgers with chipotle cream and coconut peach salsa (love), tilapia burgers with watermelon salsa (double love) or crab cake sliders with pineapple kiwi salsa (favoritest).

Yeah. Need to cool it with the fruit salsas. I know.

If you’re feeling like putting in a TON of work, you could make some clam chowder from scratch. It has brown butter croutons? That’s a day I won’t be revisiting anytime soon. As delicious as it was. I’m just too lazy.

Want more tiny food? These BLT salmon sliders are sorta cute. Mini food = you get to eat more.

However, my essentials? As weird as they both sound: salt and vinegar chip crusted fish (omg) and clams casino pizza. Seriously. Do it.

Beer Battered Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Mango Avocado Salsa I howsweeteats.com


Beer Battered Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Mango Avocado Salsa

Yield: serves 2-4

Total Time: 30 minutes


1 pound of raw, deveined shrimp
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup beer
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
4 tablespoons coconut oil
8-12 butter or bibb lettuce leaves
1/3 cup flaked, unsweetened coconut
sweet chile sauce for drizzling

mango avocado salsa
1 roma tomato, chopped
1 jalapeño, seeds removed and finely diced
1/2 mango, peeled and chopped
1/2 avocado, chopped
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro
1/2 lime, juiced
a pinch of salt + pepper


In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, pepper, smoked paprika and garlic powder. Add beer and whisk together until a smooth batter forms. Toss shrimp in the batter coat - I did this in three batches.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 1.5 tablespoons of coconut oil. Once hot, add the battered shrimp and cook until golden and crispy, about 2 minutes per side. Remove and let drain on a paper towel and repeat with remaining batches.

Add coconut to a small saucepan over medium-low heat, tossing and stirring with a wooden spoon for 4-5 minutes until toasted. Set aside.

TO assemble lettuce wraps, add shrimp with a sprinkle of toasted coconut and a drizzle of sweet chile sauce. Add salsa on top!

mango avocado salsa
Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and toss well. You can make this the night before, a few hours before or immediately before. It keeps in the fridge (in a sealed container) for 2-3 days.

Beer Battered Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Mango Avocado Salsa I howsweeteats.com

Now I want to go to the beach. Someone make that happen please.

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65 Responses to “Beer Battered Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Mango Avocado Salsa.”

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    Ross @ TheFaceBaby — March 16, 2013 @ 9:59 pm

    Kel HAD to have made that salt and vinegar chip crusted fish by now, unless somehow those twin ladies she’s growing might have thrown off her obsession with salt and vinegar chips. Was it you that got her hooked on those things in college? Or did she perhaps convert you?

    …either way, if the worst addiction you picked up in college was to salt and vinegar chips, you’re pretty much winning in life.


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    Ross @ TheFaceBaby — March 16, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

    Oh, and I live at the beach, duh! Come make me some food and I’ll lend you my sand :)


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    Dani's Dish — March 18, 2013 @ 8:58 pm

    Yum… this looks great. Thanks for the great idea and post. I can’t wait to try it!


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    Britteny Stogner — May 24, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

    Generally grown as a hardy annual, lettuce is easily cultivated, although it requires relatively low temperatures to prevent it from flowering quickly. It can be plagued with numerous nutrient deficiencies, as well as insect and mammal pests and fungal and bacterial diseases. L. sativa crosses easily within the species and with some other species within the Lactuca genus; although this trait can be a problem to home gardeners who attempt to save seeds, biologists have used it to broaden the gene pool of cultivated lettuce varieties. ;”**

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    Destiny — August 24, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

    This was absolutely amazing!! I mixed with the roasted coconut with some thai kitchen brand sweet and sour sauce and it made the most perfect glaze. Drizzled it over the avocado and shrimp. It was great. Thanks for posting!



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