Popcorn Shrimp Recipe

Published on December 23rd 2021 by Rachael Ottier Hart.
Last updated on March 4th 2024
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Front shot of Popcorn Shrimp in plate with dip and lettuce on the side

Popcorn Shrimp get their name from being just as easy to toss in your mouth as a piece of popcorn. These tasty fried nuggets are an excellent appetizer for any social gathering. This recipe is quick, easy, and excellent finger food fun when entertaining friends and family. We have even added our own Tartar Dipping Sauce to complete the dish. We hope you enjoy our tasty treats at your next get-together. 

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Serves
4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Small Shrimp - 50-60 count

  • Oil For Frying

Dry Mix
  • 1/2 cup All-Purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup Arrowroot Starch

  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning

Wet Mix
  • 1 Egg

  • 1/4 cup Whole Milk

  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning

  • Oil for frying

Tartar Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise

  • 1 teaspoon Cucumber Relish

  • 1 tablespoon Lime Juice

  • 1 tablespoon Fresh dill - minced

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce

  • ½ teaspoon Dijon Mustard

  • Salt & Black Pepper to taste

Instructions

Popcorn Shrimp

Mix the dry mix in a bowl and set it aside

Beat the wet mix together in a bowl and set aside

Prepare cooling station using a baking tray and a drying rack or paper towels

Prepare the frying station using a heavy bottom pot or deep fryer with oil at 350 °F /180 °C

Prepare the shrimp by peeling, removing the tails, and deveining.

Prepare the shrimp for frying by coating them in the dry mix, then coating in the wet mixture, and then coating in the dry mix and repeating with each piece of shrimp.

Fry the shrimp for 2-3 minutes, then remove from the oil using a slotted spoon, place in the cooling station until all the shrimp have been cooked.

Be careful not to overcrowd the pot by working in batches of a few shrimp at a time.

Once all the shrimp are cooked, serve warm and enjoy along with some tartar sauce or any of your favorite dipping sauces.

Tartar Sauce

Mix all the ingredients until thoroughly combined, season with salt and black pepper to taste, and serve in a dip bowl.

Rachael Ottier Hart
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Rachael Ottier Hart
Author:

Join Rachael on a global culinary journey. With a passion for travel and diverse cuisines, she crafts recipes that weave flavors, scents, and stories into each dish, igniting your wanderlust with every bite.

More posts by Rachael Ottier Hart