Cayenne-Spiced Popcorn Shrimp

Cayenne-Spiced Popcorn Shrimp
Staff Writer



We don’t see popcorn shrimp served enough at home, and this recipe makes it easy to create the snack that’s perfect for enjoying during a game.


For the cayenne seasoning

Combine all of the seasonings together thoroughly and set aside.

For the popcorn shrimp

In a medium-sized, non-reactive bowl combine the eggs, heavy cream, and 2 teaspoons of the cayenne seasoning. Whisk well to combine. In a separate bowl, blend the breadcrumbs with the remaining 3 teaspoons of the seasoning mix.

Set a 1-gallon stockpot over medium-high and heat the vegetable oil to 360 degrees. 

To bread the shrimp, take about ¼ of the shrimp and toss in the egg mixture. Let the shrimp sit in the marinade for up to 5 minutes. Remove and place in the breadcrumb mixture. Toss well to evenly coat the shrimp, and use a coarse sieve to sift the excess breadcrumbs off into another clean bowl. Repeat the process 2 more times with the remaining shrimp and breading.

Place the breaded shrimp in the hot oil in batches and fry, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the hot oil using a slotted spoon and drain on a paper-lined sheet pan. Serve the shrimp hot.


Calories per serving:

288 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Sugar Conscious

Daily value:



  • Fat 17g 27%
  • Carbs 20g 7%
  • Saturated 2g 11%
  • Fiber 2g 10%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 2g
  • Monounsaturated 11g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 14g 28%
  • Cholesterol 114mg 38%
  • Sodium 1,355mg 56%
  • Calcium 106mg 11%
  • Magnesium 37mg 9%
  • Potassium 278mg 8%
  • Iron 3mg 15%
  • Zinc 1mg 9%
  • Phosphorus 175mg 25%
  • Vitamin A 83µg 9%
  • Vitamin C 1mg 1%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 16%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 10%
  • Niacin (B3) 2mg 9%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 7%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 33µg 8%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 3%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 4mg 19%
  • Vitamin K 17µg 21%
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