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Red Lobster Pina Colada Sauce

This Red Lobster pina colada sauce recipe allows you to easily recreate the restaurant’s flavors at home with a few basic ingredients and some simple preparation.

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Red lobster pina colada sauce recipe

Red Lobster’s newest pina colada sauce is a one-of-a-kind condiment that will transport you to the Caribbean with its sweet, fruity notes. With the perfect blend of pineapple, coconut, and a hint of pina colada mix, this delectable sauce is sure to be a hit in any home!

From tacos, chicken nuggets, and coconut shrimp to salads – this creamy sauce gives a beautiful flavor and texture to every meal. With no artificial flavors or preservatives, this is a healthy condiment that can be enjoyed guilt-free.

The Red Lobster pina colada dipping sauce is a great way to spice up any meal, and you can make it your own by customizing the ingredients.

Coconut flakes in bowl

Why You Should Make This Pina Colada Dipping Sauce

Everyone loves a good seafood dish, especially one made with a unique and delicious sauce. The Red Lobster-style pina colada dipping sauce is an ideal recipe to prepare when you’re looking for something different.

This copycat recipe allows you to easily recreate the restaurant’s flavors at home. All you need are a few basic ingredients and some simple preparation steps to whip up a batch of this savory and tangy coconut shrimp dipping sauce.

The pina colada dipping sauce has been adapted to create an easy version to make at home, so busy moms can make this on the go.

It can be used as either a dip or an addition to other dishes. This coconut shrimp dipping sauce features a blend of sweet and savory flavors, with the crushed pineapple and coconut flakes providing the perfect balance.

Pineapple cut on table

How Long Does It Take to Make the Coconut Shrimp Dipping Sauce?

Red Lobster’s famous pina colada dipping sauce is a secret recipe that has been around for years.

There are many copycat Red Lobster recipes on the internet, but none has been able to replicate the original flavor of the Red Lobster pina colada sauce. However, my recipe comes close to the authentic version while also being much quicker to make!

The luscious combination of crushed pineapple and coconut flake flavors in the dipping sauce makes it a popular condiment for seafood dishes, chicken nuggets, and even fruit salad.

With just a few simple ingredients, my delicious pina colada dipping sauce recipe can be used to upgrade any seafood dinner.

This sweet dipping sauce can be paired perfectly with grilled shrimp, pan-seared salmon, or even fish tacos. Plus, the sauce is easy to make, and you can also store it in the refrigerator for up to one week.

What to Use as a Substitute for the Pina Colada Mix

Although I highly recommend sticking to the original recipe and using a good branded pina colada mix (unless it’s homemade), you can also use vodka as a substitute for the pina colada mix.

However, it’s important to sweeten the vodka to resemble pina colada, or else, your dipping sauce will taste bitter.

Add a splash of honey, powdered sugar, sweetener, or syrup to cancel the harshness of vodka. You can also pour some extra pineapple juice to make the vodka mix taste more like a pina colada mix.

Powdered sugar in sifter

What Can You Eat with Coconut Shrimp Sauce?

Shrimp sauce is a popular condiment used in many different types of dishes. It is often used as a marinade, dipping sauce, or topping for boiled shrimp items.

Some people also prefer pairing the sauce with coconut shrimp and having it with rice, french fries, long green beans, buttered mushrooms, coleslaw, etc. Honestly, you can pair this amazing dipping sauce with anything you want, as long as it tastes good to you!

How Large Should the Shrimp Be for Coconut Shrimp Recipes?

Coconut shrimp recipes vary, but the shrimp should be large enough to be easily covered with the desired coating. Generally, the shrimp should measure no less than 6 cm (2.5 inches) when peeled and deveined.

It is important to use quality shrimp, as the recipe will only be as good as the ingredients used. Generally, larger shrimp are less likely to be overcooked, as it is difficult to keep them from cooking quickly once they are added to hot oil.

The number of shrimps needed to pair with a Red Lobster pina colada sauce can vary greatly depending on the number of servings desired too. A single serving could contain anywhere from 4-6 large shrimps, while a large batch would require at least 12-15.

Ingredients Needed to Make the Pina Colada Sauce Recipe

Making a Red Lobster pina colada sauce is a relatively simple process, as long as you have the right ingredients and equipment.

Equipment Required

  • Mixing bowl
  • Spatula
  • Juicer
  • Knife
  • Measuring cups

How You Can Store the Red Lobster Pina Colada Sauce for Coconut Shrimp

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to finish your coconut shrimp Red Lobster pina colada sauce in a day. It won’t go bad even if you store it in the refrigerator for more than four days!

Keep it in an airtight container to retain the flavors of the coconut shrimp dip. However, I recommend keeping the sauce out of a freezer, as the pineapple juice, sour cream, or plain yogurt can release moisture and ruin the Red Lobster coconut shrimp sauce.

Why Is the Red Lobster Pina Colada Dip the Best for Fried Coconut Shrimp?

This Red Lobster pina colada dip is a fan favorite for its creamy texture and rich flavor. It is the perfect complement to fried coconut shrimp, as the sauce highlights the sweetness of the shrimp without overpowering it.

On top of that, the sauce’s creamy texture also helps coat the seafood evenly and provides a tantalizing and mouthwatering taste.

My copycat Red Lobster pina colada dip recipe is full of tropical flavors, such as coconut milk, flakes, and pineapple, creating a delectable mix that pairs perfectly with the crunchy fried shrimp.

Juicer with fruit on table

What Else Can You Pair the Red Lobster Coconut Shrimp Sauce with?

Not many people think of other ways to use it, but there are many options. It pairs well with seafood, especially salmon, as it adds a tangy sweetness that pairs nicely with its natural flavor.

It can also be used to add flavor to salads, rice dishes, and sauces for other proteins like chicken and pork.

Cauliflower is a great vegetable to try, especially when lightly battered and fried. It can also be used as a topping for burgers, steak, and fish tacos. The Red Lobster coconut shrimp pina colada sauce is very versatile and goes well with many different types of food!

You can also get creative with different kinds of rice – basmati, jasmine, and wild rice all pair nicely with my Red Lobster version of the pina colada sauce.

A few other great recipes are our cayenne hot pepper sauce, and chili garlic sauce recipe.

Frequently Asked Questions

I get so many questions from moms wanting to recreate this Red Lobster sauce. It’s a very simple recipe and requires little to no effort when cooking, either. Here are a few common questions related to the restaurant and my recipe:

  1. What Other Sauces Does Red Lobster Have on the Menu?

Red Lobster is well known for its delicious seafood dishes, but it also offers a variety of other sauces to dress up the meal.

In addition to its classic Pina Colada sauce, Red Lobster also offers Caesar Dressing, Tartar Sauce, and Cocktail Sauce for customers to enjoy.

2. How Long Is the Prep Time for the Copycat Red Lobster Pina Colada Dip?

I came up with this version of the original sauce because I wanted to give busy moms something delicious to make without sacrificing hours from their schedules. My pina colada sauce takes less than 20 minutes to make.

Prepping the ingredients before cooking the actual sauce, such as shredding coconuts, setting aside necessary equipment, etc., can lessen the cooking time even more!

3. Is the Red Lobster Pina Colada Expensive?

Fortunately, the condiment is absolutely free, given that you order a seafood appetizer or entrée on the side as well. If that’s still too costly for you, give my recipe a try! It’s quick, easy, and doesn’t require you to order a fancy seafood item, either!


With summer coming up, now is the perfect time to whip up something special in the kitchen. My homemade Red Lobster pina colada is a delicious and unique recipe that requires only a few ingredients and yields an irresistible result.

Not only is it a great way to get creative in the kitchen, but it’s sure to be a hit with friends and family!

All you need to do is follow the simple instructions, and you will be enjoying this classic sauce in no time.

Yield: 10 servings

Red Lobster Pina Colada Sauce

Red Lobster Pina Colada Sauce

This Red Lobster Pina Colada Sauce recipe allows you to easily recreate the restaurant's flavors at home with a few basic ingredients and some simple preparation.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 1/2 c. finely crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/2 c. coconut flakes (sweetened or unsweetened)
  • 3/4 c. Pina Colada mix (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)
  • 3 tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp. lime juice


  1. Start by mixing the sour cream with the Pina Colada mix in a bowl. Mix gently and slowly with a spatula as to not break up the sour cream causing it to flake.
  2. Next, drain the excess water from the crushed pineapple, and slowly add the bits into the sour cream and Pina Colada mixture. Make sure to thoroughly coat the crushed pineapple, folding it gently into the sour cream and Pina Colada combination.
  3. Follow up with a nice sprinkle of the powdered sugar over the crushed pineapple in the sour cream mixture.
  4. Fold your sour cream mix gently as you squeeze in fresh lime juice into the bowl.
  5. Once you're done making the Red Lobster Pina Colada sauce with sour cream, cover it with plastic wrap and let it cool inside the refrigerator for an hour or two. This will allow the flavors of the crushed pineapple to seep into the dip.
  6. Take out the copycat Red Lobster coconut shrimp Pina Colada dipping sauce at least 30 minutes before serving. Sprinkle fresh flaked coconut on top, and pair the sauce with fish tacos or any other protein!


  • If you want to go with a low-fat alternative, consider Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. You can add sugar to it if you want your Red Lobster Pina Colada sauce to be sweeter.
  • Using fresh lime juice can be a game-changer when you're making the Red Lobster Pina Colada sauce for coconut shrimp or any other dish.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 133Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g

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