Popcorn Shrimp (Extra Crispy)

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Homemade fried popcorn shrimp recipe. An easy keto weeknight dinner idea. You can use your favorite dipping sauce and serve them as an appetizer.

This is one of those simple recipes that I’ve made over and over again. I love shrimp, but if you add the crunchiest and most perfect fried batter ever, it’s a shrimp paradise. 

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How to make popcorn shrimp?

The most important thing in this recipe is to get the batter consistency right. Don’t worry, because today I will spill all my secrets to get this crispy outside. 

The first thing is to use milk with beaten egg. This way you’ll get more moisture inside your shrimp and an even crust. 

To get a great crunch I like to double coat my shrimps with spiced flour. I mix oregano, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, and flour to make the batter. 

So first I coat the seasoned shrimps with flour, then dip in the mixture of egg and milk, and finally, flour coat again. 

This first coat with flour will ensure that the crust sticks to the shrimps during the frying process. So, don’t overlook this step or you’ll end up with naked shrimps after frying. 

Batter recipe: 

Wet: 

  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup milk 

Dry: 

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

What’s a good dish for popcorn shrimp?

You can use it to make crispy shrimp tacos. The classic way is to serve them with plain rice, like Hawaiian shrimps.

Another option is to serve it with some dip sauce — like garlic cilantro sauce — and an appetizer.

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Popcorn Shrimp
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
This is one of those simple recipes that I’ve made over and over again. I love shrimp, but if you add the crunchiest and most perfect fried batter ever, it’s a shrimp paradise.
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: popcorn shrimp
Servings: 3 people
Ingredients
  • 450 gr medium size shrimps (1 lb)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil to fry
Instructions
  1. Peel, clean and devein the shrimps. Season them with salt and pepper. Using a paper towel dry them the best you can.
  2. In a bowl, mix the milk and the beaten egg. Whisk to combine.
  3. In another bowl mix the flour, paprika, oregano, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Whisk to combine.
  4. Cover the shrimps with the seasoned flour, then dip them in the milk and egg mixture and cover them in flour once more. This way, you double coat the shrimps.
  5. Fry the shrimps until they are golden and crispy. Use a paper towel or a rack to remove excess oil and serve.

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