How to Apply Breading
Once you've mastered the art of breading (keep clicking for our no-fail breading tips), apply your skills to our Panko-Coconut Shrimp recipe. Chopped coconut blended with whole-wheat panko create a sweet coating. Toasting the mixture before applying it to shrimp enhances the color, deepens the flavor, and amps up the crunch factor. We use cornstarch for our first dry layer. When dredged in egg whites, it forms a pastelike consistency that allows the coarse-textured breading to adhere to the shrimp. The cornstarch-egg mixture cooks and dries to form a strong bond between the crumbs and shrimp so the breading won't fall off.
Step 1: Coat food with flour.
Coat food with flour, cornstarch, or brown rice flour. The light dusting helps the wet layer adhere.
Step 2: Dip into a liquid.
Dip next into a liquid, such as egg whites. The dry and wet ingredients combine to make a sticky coating.
Step 3: Dredge in breadcrumbs.
Dredge the food in breadcrumbs, coating all over for an exterior that's crunchy once cooked.