Cayenne-Spiced Popcorn Shrimp

Cayenne-Spiced Popcorn Shrimp
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  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.
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 5 teaspoon cayenne seasoning
  • 2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 pound small shrimp, peeled
  • 6 cup vegetable oil, for frying
  1. Combine all of the seasonings together thoroughly and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. To bread the shrimp, take about ΒΌ 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.
  4. 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.