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Popcorn shrimp on a sheet pan, garnished with lemon and parsley.

Popcorn Shrimp

This popcorn shrimp recipe is tender bites of shrimp coated in seasonings and deep fried to golden brown perfection. An easy appetizer option that's sure to be a hit with family and friends.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 314kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 1 pound small shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika smoked or regular
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley


  • In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, salt, paprika, pepper and garlic power.
  • Pat the shrimp dry and place them in a large bowl. Add 1/4 cup of the flour mixture and toss to combine until the shrimp are all coated.
  • Heat 3-4 inches of oil in a large deep pot to 375 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and milk.
  • Dip each shrimp into the milk mixture, then dredge in the remaining seasoned flour.
  • Place 8-10 pieces of shrimp in the oil. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove the shrimp from the oil and drain on paper towels. Repeat the process with the remaining shrimp.
  • Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve immediately.



Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 271mg | Sodium: 677mg | Potassium: 410mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 3mg