Yield: about 4 servings


For the salsa: 
1 mango, diced
1½ cups diced fresh pineapple
1/3 cup red bell pepper, diced small
¼ cup red onion, finely diced
1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
1 tbsp. minced fresh cilantro
Juice of one lime
Pinch of coarse salt

For the shrimp cakes: 
1 lb. uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, divided
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
2-3 tbsp. minced fresh chives
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 large egg
¼ cup minced fresh cilantro
Few dashes of sriracha (to taste)
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
Coconut oil for cooking (about 2-3 tbsp.)

To serve: 
Baby spinach or bibb lettuce leaves

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    To make the salsa, combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl.  Toss to mix well.  Cover and refrigerate, allowing flavors to blend.

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    To make the shrimp cakes, add the uncooked shrimp to a food processor.  Pulse in very short bursts just until finely chopped.  Transfer the chopped shrimp to a medium bowl.  Mix in ¾ cup of the coconut, the garlic, chives,  lemon zest, egg, cilantro, sriracha, salt and pepper.  Stir the mixture with a fork until evenly mixed.  Form the mixture into 7-8 patties.  Add the remaining ½ cup of coconut to a shallow dish or pie plate.  Gently coat the shrimp cakes in the shredded coconut.

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    In a large skillet (I use cast iron), heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat until shimmering.  Add the shrimp cakes to the pan and cook, turning once, until both sides are golden and the cakes are cooked through, about 4 minutes total.  Serve the warm shrimp cakes over a bed of baby spinach or bibb lettuce leaves.  Top with the mango pineapple salsa and serve immediately.