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Popcorn shrimp on a plate with lemon and dipping sauce
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5 from 5 votes

Popcorn Shrimp

These crispy homemade popcorn shrimp is better than bar food but made in your own home in no time at all. Perfect for dinner or as an appetizer at your next dinner party!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy shrimp recipe, party appetizer idea, party food, popcorn shrimp, seafood recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 289kcal


  • 1 pound small or medium shrimp, deveined and peeled
  • vegetable oil for frying, don’t use olive oil; for frying, you need an oil with a higher smoke point.

For the Flour

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the Egg Mixture

  • 1 whole egg
  • ¼ cup milk


  • Pour oil in a deep saucepan or pot, and heat to 350˚F. For best results, use an instant read thermometer. (Oil should come up about 3 to 4 inches from the bottom of the pot.)
  • In a mixing bowl combine flour, Cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  • In a separate bowl combine egg and milk; mix to combine and set aside.
  • Take half of the prepared flour mixture and pour it into a resealable bag.
  • Add shrimp to the bag and shake until shrimp are covered with flour mixture.
  • Remove shrimp from bag and dredge in egg mixture. Then coat the shrimp with the remaining fresh flour mixture that’s in the bowl.
  • Fry shrimp, about 5 to 6 shrimp at a time, in heated oil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown on all sides and cooked through.
  • Remove from oil and set shrimp on a paper towel lined plate.
  • Continue the process with the rest of the shrimp.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.


Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 288mg | Sodium: 890mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 887IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 190mg | Iron: 4mg