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Popcorn Shrimp Recipe

This popcorn shrimp recipe is inspired by the ones you find in restaurant menus. Bursting with flavor, it is a delicious appetizer to wake up your taste buds.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make popcorn shrimp, popcorn shrimp, popcorn shrimp in air fryer, popcorn shrimp recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 258kcal
Author: Luna Regina


  • 10 oz peeled and deveined shrimp 18 oz raw shrimp
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 medium egg beaten
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp Japanese mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Heinz ketchup
  • 1 cup canola oil (*)
  • 2 tbsp parsley chopped


  • In a medium bowl, mix together 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and 1/2 tsp chili powder.
    Step 1: Prepare the coating batter. Set aside
  • Whisk 1 medium egg and 2 tbsp milk in another bowl.
    Step 2: Whisk milk and egg in another bowl.
  • Pat 10 oz shrimp dry and place them into the flour mixture. Toss until each shrimp is breaded.
    Step 3: Bread the shrimp.
  • Dipping them into the egg mixture.
    Step 4: dipping them into the egg mixture
  • Then dredge the shrimp back into the flour mixture.
    step 5: back into the flour mixture.
  • Make the dipping sauce: in a small bowl, whisk together 2 tbsp mayonnaise and 1 1/2 tbsp ketchup. Set aside.
    step 6: Make the dipping sauce.
  • Heat 1 cup canola oil in a large deep pot to 350 ℉ and reduce to low heat. Place 8 - 10 pieces of shrimp in the oil and fry for about 3 minutes or until golden.
    step 7: Fry the coated shrimp.
  • Remove the shrimp from the oil and drain them on paper towels to remove the excess fat. Repeat the process with the remaining shrimp. Sprinkle the cooked shrimp with 2 tbsp chopped parsley and serve with the dipping sauce.
    step 8: Serve the shrimp with the dipping sauce.


(*) Only part of the oil will end up in the final product and we have calculated nutritional values based on that amount. The whole amount is needed for frying, but what actually ends up being consumed is 1 tsp of olive oil between four servings.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 257mg | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 415mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 588IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 2mg