This crispy sesame shrimp is coated in a delicious Asian-style sauce. Serve it over rice for the perfect easy weeknight meal!

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A pan of crispy sesame shrimp tossed in an Asian style sauce.

I am always looking for new ways to incorporate seafood into my family’s diet. My kids love popcorn shrimp, so I took their favorite shrimp and tossed them in an Asian sauce to create sesame shrimp! These sesame shrimp are perfect served over rice as a main course, or you can even put out a plate with toothpicks and have them as an appetizer. Regardless of how you serve it, this dish is sure to be a hit.

How To Make Sesame Shrimp

This sesame shrimp recipe starts with Gorton’s Popcorn Shrimp. This shrimp is light, crispy and ready in minutes. While the shrimp is in the oven, I make the sauce and put up a pot of rice to boil. I love how quickly I can get this meal on the table!

Gorton's Popcorn Shrimp

How could you resist a pan of these golden brown shrimp? They get even better when tossed in a honey garlic sesame sauce, which takes just 5 minutes to put together.

A pan of popcorn shrimp.

After the shrimp comes out of the oven, simply toss it in the sauce, top with some sesame seeds and green onions, and serve. This sesame shrimp is best served immediately after it’s prepared.

A pan of popcorn shrimp in an Asian sesame sauce.

This recipe is super flavorful and tastes like something you’d get at a Chinese restaurant. There’s no need to pick up the phone and call for take out when you can make a restaurant quality meal at home. I like to serve this sesame shrimp with a green veggie like steamed broccoli.

Asian style crispy sesame shrimp over rice.

I always keep a box of Gorton’s Popcorn Shrimp in the freezer for days when I know I’m going to need a super quick and easy dinner. It’s a great way to do seafood without spending hours in the kitchen!

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Sesame Shrimp

AuthorSara Welch
A pan of crispy sesame shrimp tossed in an Asian style sauce.
This crispy sesame shrimp is coated in a delicious Asian-style sauce. Serve it over rice for the perfect easy weeknight meal!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Serves 4


  • 1 14 ounce box Gorton's Popcorn Shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons green onions sliced


  • Bake the popcorn shrimp according to package directions.
  • While the shrimp are in the oven, make the sauce. In a small saucepan, combine the soy sauce, ketchup, honey and sesame oil; bring to a simmer.
  • Combine the cornstarch with 1/4 cup cold water, stir until smooth. Slowly pour the cornstarch mixture into the sauce, whisking constantly. Bring the sauce to a boil. Cook for 1 minute or until just thickened.
  • Remove the shrimp from the oven. Drizzle the sauce over the shrimp and toss to coat evenly. Sprinkle the sesame seeds and green onions on top of the shrimp and serve.


Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 790mg | Potassium: 105mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Tried this for the first time this week end. Was fabulous, the sauce was unusually delicious. Plan to make next week end for friends. Love all your recipes .My first time to every post on a recipe. ❤️ Second time I made it bought Gortons Shrimp Scampi by mistake, and was even better. Love this

  2. 5 stars
    These sesame shrimp look great. I love the sound of your sauce too! I don’t think we have popcorn shrimp here in Italy but I’ll definitely keep an eye out for it!

  3. 5 stars
    what a great idea to use frozen shrimp and make it such a nice Asian inspired meal. Super easy and fast. Need to make it soon.

  4. I love shrimp and these look so delicious. Great recipe. Thank you for sharing this.

  5. 4 stars
    I made this on Wednesday and it was delicious. My husband thought it was better than our usual “quick” meals from Trader Joe’s. I don’t have time to cook on weekdays, and this was the perfect amount of time. It also never would have occurred to me to try the Gorton’s popcorn shrimp, but they were quite tasty! I will definitely make this again.

  6. 5 stars
    Wow! Looks like Chinese restaurant food!
    These frozen shrimp would sure make it easier! I’m all about saving time these days!