Copycat Red Lobster Coconut Shrimp Sauce

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This copycat Red Lobster coconut shrimp sauce recipe can be made in minutes and is the perfect compliment to coconut shrimp, fried shrimp, and more. Tastes like the restaurant, this pina colada dip is sure to be a new favorite.

Coconut shrimp dipping in a bowl of creamy sauce.


Next time you make shrimp, try something different than a classic cocktail sauce or tartar sauce and instead try making this flavorful, creamy pina colada sauce.

Why this is the best coconut shrimp dip

Fast: You can make this dip in under 10 minutes from start to finish.

Easy: Just a few simple ingredients are needed to make this recipe that is full of delicious flavor. Like the Red Lobster version, this sauce has small bits of pineapple, coconut, and a pina colada taste.

Versatile: This dipping sauce can be used for a variety of things and also can easily be adjusted to your personal taste.

Ingredients for pina colada sauce

  • Pina Colada Mix – Use a liquid, non-alcoholic, pina colada mix.
  • Crushed Pineapple – Pineapple adds texture and sweetness. Make sure to drain before adding to the mixture. You can also use fresh pineapple, just make sure to chop it very small.
  • Powdered Sugar – Adds the perfect amount of sweetness. You can adjust the amount of powdered sugar to taste.
  • Sour Cream – Sour cream is the base of this dip. It add a little tang to the dip. You can substitute with plain Greek yogurt or plain yogurt.
  • Coconut Flakes – Feel free to use sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes.
  • Lime Juice and Lime Zest – This adds a hint of freshness to the creamy dip.
Bowl of sour cream, pina colada mix, sugar, pineapple, and lime juice.

How to make Red Lobster coconut shrimp sauce recipe

Step one: Pour sour cream and pina colada mix into a large bowl. Stir until just combined. Stir in powdered sugar.

Bowl of cream sauce.

Step two: Stir in crushed pineapple, shredded coconut, lime juice, and lime zest.

Bowl of creamy sauce with crushed pineapple, shredded coconut, and lime zest.

Step four: Cover the pina colada dip or transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for at least an hour to let the flavors come together.

How to serve copycat Red Lobster pina colada sauce

This coconut shrimp sauce pairs well with many different things. Of course it’s great as a dipping sauce for coconut shrimp, fried shrimp, chicken nuggets, chicken tenders, and even sweet potato fries.

It’s even great drizzled on fish tacos, fruit salad, or over fish.

How to store pina colada dipping sauce

Store leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last 3-4 days before it starts breaking down. This dip does not freeze well.


  • Make sure to drain the crushed pineapple. If you don’t the sauce could become too watery.
  • Stir with a whisk, spoon, or spatula. No need to use an electric mixer.
  • If you prefer a sweeter dip, add another tablespoon of powdered sugar.
Bowl of white sauce and coconut shrimp.

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Coconut shrimp dipping in a bowl of creamy sauce.
5 from 14 votes

Copycat Red Lobster Coconut Shrimp Sauce

By Heather
Easy and delicious copycat Red Lobster coconut shrimp sauce is made with pina colada mix, pineapple, coconut, and a few other simple ingredients.
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 9 minutes
Servings: 2 cups


  • 3/4 cup pina colada mix liquid
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut sweetened or unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple drained
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • zest of one lime


  • Gently whisk together sour cream and pina colada mix in a large bowl.
  • Stir in powdered sugar. Stir to combine.
  • Fold in crushed pineapple, shredded coconut, lime juice, and lime zest.
  • Cover the bowl or transfer into an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.



Calories: 552kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 383mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 1112IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 189mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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