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Crispy Popcorn Shrimp

These delicious and crispy Popcorn Shrimp are the perfect snack. Cook seasoned shrimp in a skillet, oven, or air fryer.

July 19, 2022
Popcorn ShrimpPhoto By Canva
Difficulty Easy
Servings 4 people
Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 15 mins
Total 30 mins



  1. Peel and devein the shrimp. Then wash it with water and dry it with a paper towel.
  2. Add flour, salt, and pepper to a mixing bowl and mix. In another bowl, whisk the eggs and milk.
  3. Mix panko and old bay seasoning in a separate bowl.
  4. Put vegetable oil in a large saucepan and heat it to 350 ˚F. Check the temperature of the oil with an instant-read thermometer.
  5. Toss the shrimp in the flour and shake off any excess. Then dip it into the egg and panko mixture.
  6. Put the shrimps in the pot. Cook until the shrimp are golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Remove the shrimp from the oil. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Repeat for the remaining shrimp.
  8. Serve immediately with the sauce.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Popcorn Shrimp
Serves 4
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10 g12.8%
Cholesterol 333 mg111%
Sodium 888 mg38.6%
Protein 36.3 g72.6%
Potassium 322 mg6.9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Use fresh, peeled and deveined shrimp.
  • Dry the shrimp with a paper towel before breading. This will remove the moisture in them and the flour mixture will easily stick to the shrimp.
  • Use oil with a high flash point. Instead of olive oil, use vegetable oil such as canola oil, peanut oil, or corn oil. Learn more about 'Cooking Oils and Their Uses'.
  • You can fry the shrimp in an air fryer, pan, or oil to get crispy.
  • Check the temperature of the oil before adding the shrimp. Make sure the oil is 350 °F - 370 °F with a kitchen thermometer. If the oil is too hot, the shrimp may burn. If the oil is too cold, the shrimp may absorb the excess oil and become greasy.
  • Do not overload the pan, baking sheet, or fryer. Fry the shrimp in batches. Otherwise, the temperature of the oil will drop and the shrimp will be oily.
  • Small shrimp are perfect for this recipe. However, you can use any size shrimp you want.
  • Do not overcook the shrimp. This can cause them to become hard and rubbery. Depending on the size of the shrimp, the cooking time may vary. Fry the shrimp until golden brown.
  • You can use water instead of milk.
  • You can use cajun seasoning instead of old bay seasoning.
  • Add chili powder or hot sauce to the flour mixture to add spice to the recipe.
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Homemade popcorn shrimp are similar to popcorn kernels. These shrimp are golden brown on the outside and tender, juicy on the inside. Breaded and fried shrimp can be served with dipping sauces as a delicious appetizer or side dish.

Enjoy the delicious crispy prawns. Try this practical and satisfying recipe now. An explosion of flavor from spicy seafood and sauces in every bite!

How To Make Baked Popcorn Shrimp?

To make this popcorn shrimp recipe in the oven;

  • Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F. Grease the baking tray or line the parchment paper.
  • Mix flour, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Whisk the eggs and milk in another bowl. In the other bowl, combine the panko and spice mix.
  • Dip the cleaned shrimp in flour, egg, and panko, respectively.
  • Then place coated shrimp in a single layer on the baking tray. Arrange all the shrimps on the tray.
  • Bake in the oven for about 3 minutes on each side.

How To Make Popcorn Shrimp in an Air Fryer?

To make this popcorn shrimp recipe in an air fryer;

  • Mix flour, salt, and pepper in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs and water/milk. In the other bowl, combine panko, oil, and old bay seasoning.
  • Dip the shrimp one by one in the flour, egg mixture and bread crumbs.
  • Heat the air fryer to 360 °F. Put the shrimp in batches into the fryer and air fry for about 2 minutes on each side.
  • Place shrimp on a plate.

What Is The Best Shrimp for Popcorn Shrimp?

Small shrimp are ideal for this recipe. However, you can also use larger shrimp varieties. Cooking time may vary depending on the size of shrimp you choose. Use medium, small, or extra-small shrimp sizes.

How To Peel and Devein Shrimp?

Use peeled and deveined shrimp for this recipe. If you wish, you can buy cleaned shrimp, or you can sort the shrimp yourself at home. Check out our How To Peel and Devein Shrimp? article.

What To Serve with Popcorn Shrimp?

Fried popcorn shrimp can be served alone or as a side dish. You can add it to rice or salads. You can also put it in between the tortillas and make delicious tacos. You can serve it with dipping sauces such as buffalo sauce, remoulade sauce, or tartar sauce.

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How To Store Popcorn Shrimp?

It is best to consume the popcorn shrimp immediately. However, you can store the remaining shrimp for a few days. Let the shrimp cool completely. Then store it in a closed container in the refrigerator.

You can freeze these popcorn shrimp. For this, cool the shrimp completely. Store it in the freezer in a sealed container or ziplock bag for about 2 months. Bring frozen shrimp to room temperature. Heat in the oven at 350 ˚F for about 10 minutes. However, it will not be as crispy as the day you made it.

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