This perfect recipe for baked popcorn shrimp is a much healthier, way less messy to make and more delicious popcorn shrimp version, if you ask me, than their deep fried popcorn shrimp cousin. The result is great, crispy, golden brown on the outside, succulent on the inside shrimp bites that are just simply irresistible.
Popcorn shrimps are a perfect party appetizer or your favorite TV show or sports event snack. Huge hit with both adults and kids. Perfect bonus is that this dish is very quick and easy to make. It takes just a few minutes to prepare the ingredients and cook an amazing hot dinner for the whole family.
And my favorite part is that I can enjoy every piece of this food guilt free without worrying about the size of my waist. There is absolutely no sacrifices in the flavor and texture department as well.
The secret of this one of the best popcorn shrimp recipes is oven pre-baked Panko breadcrumbs. Panko stays crisp after cooking, unlike other types of breading, which can get soggy. And nobody likes soggy shrimp. They are large and flaky. Panko’s crustless bread is coarsely ground into airy, large flakes and by using this type of breadcrumbs we can achieve an irresistible crunch without deep frying the shrimp and instead simply baking it. And there is no need to double coat the shrimp so you can taste the succulent shrimp and not just tons and tons of breading. So make sure to not skip out on this important step.
The rest of the breading process is pretty basic. For breading rinse the raw, peeled and deveined shrimp and pat dry with paper towels. In small batches, coat the shrimp in flour, shaking off any excess, dip in egg, and lastly coat well with pre-baked panko breadcrumbs. Bake the shrimp in the oven at 450 degree F for 3 minutes on one side, and turn to the other side and bake for another 3 minutes. Ready for serving!
Those delicious fry crispy shrimps are great served with shrimp or yum yum sauce or shrimp cocktail sauce. I have both recipes for you on this website as well. And make sure to make a couple of batches because those scrumptious mouthfuls go fast! So here is the answer on how to make these perfect popcorn shrimp!