Red Lobster Pina Colada Coconut Shrimp Sauce

Are you looking for a sweet and delightful dipping sauce? Look no further than Red Lobster’s famous Piña Colada Dipping Sauce, which is served with Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp. This version tastes just like the original. Give it a try and experience the taste of Red Lobster’s Piña Colada Dipping Sauce any time you want!

A bowl of copycat Red Lobster pina colada coconut shrimp sauce and coconut shrimp behind it.

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Coconut shrimp dipping sauce

Red Lobster is known for its amazing shrimp. It is flavorful, cooked with coconut, and you have this amazing dipping sauce. You will love to make this sauce. You can serve it with shrimp or even chicken. It is simple to prepare, and best of all, it takes just moments to make.

What makes the Red Lobster Pina Colada Coconut Shrimp Sauce so good?

The sauce’s creamy, sweet, and zesty flavors perfectly complement Red Lobster’s crispy fried coconut shrimp. The pineapple hints in the sauce pair wonderfully with the coconut in the shrimp, while the silky texture provides a refreshing finish.

This dipping sauce has a simple composition, with no unnecessary ingredients that could distract from the cream of coconut or the crushed pineapple. What you see is what you get! It has a simple yet sophisticated flavor, just like you would find at Red Lobster. A wonderful tropical-inspired dipping sauce.

Why you are going to make this sauce again and again

For Red Lobster fans, this recipe is a game-changer. It helps you bring the flavors of your favorite dish to life with such little effort. You can skip the crowds and restaurant prices while enjoying your favorite sauce at home, so it’s a win-win.

The Red Lobster pina colada sauce ingredients are minimal and easy to throw together. You might wonder, “How do you make shrimp sauce from scratch?” Well, you only need four ingredients for this Red Lobster coconut shrimp dipping sauce recipe, and you just have to mix them in a bowl! Does it get any easier than that? Anyone can make this simple recipe.

In addition to its easy preparation, this delicious dipping sauce is a crowd-pleaser and extremely versatile. You can make it specifically for Red Lobster Parrot Isle Shrimp and enjoy it with your family, or make large amounts if you are hosting a gathering. I like to put this together ahead of time and let it rest in the refrigerator for about an hour before serving.

It also pairs wonderfully with all sorts of different foods. So, there’s no need to worry if you have leftovers; the sauce will be put to use.


Here’s what you’ll need to make Red Lobster piña colada sauce:

  • Coco Lopez cream of coconut 
  • Sour cream 
  • Crushed pineapple 
  • Lemon juice 
Copycat Red Lobster pina colada coconut shrimp sauce ingredients on parchment paper.

How to make Red Lobster coconut shrimp dipping sauce

  1. Place all the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
Copycat Red Lobster pina colada coconut shrimp sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  1. Stir until everything is thoroughly mixed.
  2. Transfer the mixture to an airtight container and let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving.
A bowl of copycat Red Lobster pina colada coconut shrimp sauce and a plate of coconut shrimp.

What to serve Red Lobster coconut shrimp sauce with

To take full advantage of this sauce, serve it with copycat Red Lobster Coconut Shrimp, which can be paired with dishes like coleslaw, green beans, french fries, fried rice, or even buttered rice. Coconut shrimp is very diverse, and there are lots of dishes you can serve the shrimp and sauce with.

Other ways to use this sauce

This pina colada dipping sauce is a great condiment for boiled shrimp as well, so feel free to enjoy it with any shrimp dish. However, it also pairs with other foods!

This sauce is a great dipping sauce for homemade chicken nuggets, chicken tenders, and it could even work with fresh fruit or even as a dessert topping. Since it has a tropical flavor, it tastes extraordinary with pineapple upside down cake or coconut rum cake.

How to store leftover coconut shrimp dipping sauce

Make sure to keep this Red Lobster pina colada sauce in an airtight container and refrigerate it. I don’t recommend freezing it since it has sour cream, and the texture will be affected. You can always make a smaller amount if you feel you can’t eat it all in time.

How long does it last?

When properly stored, this sauce will last 3-5 days; it might start to break down or separate after that.

A bowl of copycat Red Lobster pina colada coconut shrimp sauce next to coconut shrimp.

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Red Lobster Pina Colada Coconut Shrimp Sauce

You can make delicious coconut shrimp dipping sauce like Red Lobster.
4.50 from 16 votes
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Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Red Lobster Recipes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chilling: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 181kcal


  • 1 cup Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice


  • Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well.
  • Refrigerate in an airtight container for at least 30 minutes before serving.


Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 149IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Elaine Ottley

    4 stars
    I just wanted to let you know this recipe can be used for dishes other than shrimp or chicken. We had it served to us as coleslaw dressing at a restaurant. Really brightened up the coleslaw.

  2. Tammy Williams

    5 stars
    OMG….You nailed this Recipe Stephanie it’s Fantastic my husband thinks I went to Red Lobster and bought the Dipping Sauce he does not believe I made it LOL 😋

  3. Beth

    4 stars
    Once this recipe was done I added a few table spoons of plain Fage yogurt to make it creamy and it was perfect. Without the yogurt it was like a dessert topping.

  4. Aubrey

    4 stars
    Tasted very close to the real thing although I did add about 3-4 T more sugar to it because it seemed a bit under sweetened … may be because my crushed pineapple was in light juice…. I would taste it first because if your crushed pineapple is in heavy syrup then you probably don’t need to add any excess sugar.

  5. Jane M

    5 stars
    I made this recipe to go with coconut shrimp. The flavors where amazing. Very good and I would make it again.

  6. Marg

    Has anyone tried making a larger batch and freezing it. We are just 2 people so don’t need much at a time.

    • Stephanie

      I have not tried freezing this before. You could try to cut the recipe in half. If you slide the servings number in the nutritional info portion, it will adjust the recipe for you.

  7. Julie

    I tried the sauce when I ordered a grilled chicken breast it was great. I now make the sauce wherever I have grilled chicken breast at home using your recipe it’s great thanks

  8. Toddp

    Makes sure you by the colada mix WITHOUT the cancer causing chemical genetically modified High Fructose Corn Syrup.
    I ended up dumping an entire new $7 bottle down the sink because I did not read the bottle first.
    If anyone knows of a mix without this deadly poison I we be greatly appreciated.
    I have not been able to try this recipe yet but sounds good until I can find the safe mix so will have to find another sauce to use until then..

    • A

      You can buy at a grocery store next to were the alcoholic drink mixes are normally but the juice isle. Bit id just ask an associate.

  9. Suzy

    I just made this almost the same way but added toasted coconut, juice if 1 lime, dash of hot sauce and a shot of Malibu rum. Also just stirred the cornstarch in with the whole mix and simmered it for a bit. Yummy stuff!

  10. Bill Brasky

    Waaaay too many ingredients…
    1 c sour cream
    1 c cream of coconut
    1/2 c crushed pineapple
    A good squeeze off a lemon
    Thats it trust me I worked there…

      • Kat

        Cream of Coconut is canned coconut milk. You can buy it at almost any grocery store or WalMart. I use Coco Lopez and it’s fantastic for many recipes.

      • Nancy Jones

        Cream of coconut is just what it says–cream–not milk, which is a huge difference. Cream is very thick with a beautiful texture. Coconut milk can be a mixture of some cream with mostly milk or it can be just plain milk, which is considerably runny. The more economical the price, the more runny it is has been my experience.

        I’m making Bill’s version for Thanksgiving and I’m going to also add coconut and may be just a small dash of cayenne pepper for a little kick.

    • Lucha Libre

      5 stars

      I can’t tell you thanks enough for the dipping sauce recipe, bud.

      Simple, tasty… it’s right on the money.

      The Cream of Coconut brand that I use is “Coco Lopez” – it’s a common find near drink mixes as it’s usually used for mixing Tiki drinks.

      I haved the recipe straight down the line and it worked out great. I used it cor commercially bought coconut shrimp and it was great. Also used the sauce as an additive for fruit salad… tastes great.

      Again, thands for the original post and recipe, Stephanie, but Bill’s is – I’m guessing – the real deal.

      • Lucha Libre

        Sorry… a correction to the earlier reply comment – “halved” for haved, and “for” for cor. My apologies, point being BIll Brasky’s recipe is great!


    • Betty Frack

      Bill, your recipe is perfect. Loved the simple ingredients and no cooking. Thank you for a great sauce.

    • Lori Francis

      OMG! I made the first recipe…not good. I saw Bill’s post after the fact and made that…de-lish! Thank you Bill!!!

    • Rida

      4 stars
      Taste good but it taste like it was missing something. Wish I would have saw Bill’s comments before making it. I will try that one next.

    • Just Me

      2 more ingredients than yours is waaaay? And you infect someone else’s recipe timeline with your recipe? Weak sauce human.

      • Dont matter

        Not at all! By the looks of it he saved alot of people from spending extra money, and time on something that wasnt what they were looking for! People came here for the COPYCAT recipe for red lobsters sauce, he provided the actual recipe which is what they wanted to begin with! Your comment is “weak sauce”

    • Shirley Hyman

      So excited to find a simple copycat Pina Colada sauce recipe. Just baked a box of frozen jumbo coconut shrimp with leftover Red Lobster pina colada sauce. Next time I’ll try this simple 3 ingredient recipe for the saucel Thanks to everyone!

    • Kristy S

      5 stars
      Thank you Billie, I should have tried your recipe with Cream of Coconut instead of the Pina Colado mix. It was awful. I will use your recipe, has to be better, than the Copy Kat one. Thank you, Kristy S

  11. Peggy Thomas

    Years ago I was going to try making this and the “original” recipe supposedly from Red Lobster called for Captain Morgan’s spiced rum. Have they eliminated that? Is there rum in the pina colado mix you recommend?

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