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Tender shrimp can be cooked crisp in oil or baked in the oven with a crispy seasoning coating.

You can serve them with tartar sauce, cocktail sauce, or any preferred dipping sauce.

Exceptional Popcorn Shrimp

What are popcorn shrimp? Popcorn are tiny shrimp with a crispy coating that is small enough to be eaten like popcorn, although they don’t contain popcorn! Even while Popeye’s or Red Lobster may have served you breaded popcorn, we prefer handmade versions.

Popcorn Shrimp
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  • Before serving, prepare the shrimp in advance and bake or fry them.
  • To get the ideal crispiness, deep-fry, oven-bake, or air-fry.
  • To alter the flavor, change the diapers or seasonings.
  • Eat them as a snack or wrap them in tortillas to make tacos with fried shrimp.

Components of popcorn shrimp

SHRIMP: Shrimp are designed to be, well, popcorn-sized! The finest options are fresh or frozen 61/70 or 51/60 size for a small mouthful with a huge flavor.

EGG & FLOUR: A brief dunk in beaten egg followed by a quick dip in flour makes the coating stay!

BREADCRUMBS: Seasoned breadcrumbs provide flavor and create an equal coating, while Panko bread crumbs add crunch.

Flavor Differences

Every time, change up the recipe for shrimp by adding different flavor blends or rubs to the breading! Cajun seasoning, lemon pepper, Old Bay seasoning, or even taco seasoning are all good additions to make.

Making Popcorn Shrimp

By dredging popcorn shrimp in a flour mixture, an egg, and seasoned bread crumbs, it may be made as soft as chicken.

  1. Using the recipe below, pat the shrimp dry.
  2. Shrimp should be dipped in seasoned flour, then egg, then bread crumbs.
  3. According to the instructions below, bake, air fry, or pan fry until golden brown.

Oven If you’d rather, you can air fry or deep fried instead of baking as directed below.

Popcorn Shrimp in an Air Fryer: Preheat the air fryer and cook the shrimp in cooking spray. Place the items in the basket in a single layer, leaving space between them to allow hot air to circulate. When they are fully cooked and crispy, flip them after two minutes.

Deep fry: Shrimp prepped for frying should be dropped into heated oil in small batches and cooked until crispy. Drain before serving on paper towels.


For up to three days, store leftover shrimp in the refrigerator in an airtight container. They should be heated completely and crispy after being reheated in the air fryer or under the broiler.

Shrimp Popcorn

Crispy and tasty shrimp that has been perfectly seasoned and fried.

15 minutes to prepare

fifteen minutes to cook

thirty minutes in total

servings: 4


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon each salt & pepper
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 pound uncooked small shrimp peeled and deveined
  • cooking spray or oil for cooking


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  1. In a bowl, whisk eggs and water. Salt and pepper the flour in a separate shallow basin.
  2. In a third bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, paprika, garlic powder, and salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Shake off any extra flour before tossing it with the shrimp.
  4. After dipping in the egg mixture, gently press the bread crumbs into place.
  5. Set the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (see notes for air fryer or deep fryer).
  6. Spray frying spray liberally all over the prawns. Place on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  7. A six-minute bake. Bake the shrimp again for a further 6 to 8 minutes, or until fully done.


Shrimp of different sizes may require different amounts of time.

After cooking, season with salt or seasoned salt.

an air fry

  1. Heat the air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Spray frying spray liberally all over the prawns. Put in the air fryer basket in a single layer.
  3. For 2 minutes, air fry. Air-fry the shrimp for a further two to three minutes, or until fully done.

deep fry

  1. 350°F should be reached in the deep fryer or oil.
  2. Cook shrimp for 3–4 minutes, or until crisp, in small batches. On paper towels, drain.

Nutrition information

Calories: 292 | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 225mg | Sodium: 1276mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 598IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 133mg | Iron: 3mg