Popcorn Shrimp

Popcorn Shrimp
Popcorn shrimp should be two things: Easy to make and easy to eat. This shrimp is certainly both! With a homemade spicy tartar sauce, they are completely addictive and you'll want to just keep poppin' them in your mouth!
  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 c. panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Lemon wedges, for serving
  • 1 c. mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped dill pickle
  • 2 tbsp. capers
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. hot sauce
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  1. Pat shrimp dry with paper towels and season well with salt and pepper. Place a wire cooling rack over a large baking sheet and line with paper towels.
  2. Place flour, eggs, and panko in 3 separate shallow bowls. Stir Old Bay into panko and whisk milk into eggs.
  3. Working one at a time, dip shrimp in flour, then egg, and then panko, pressing to coat. In a large pot over medium heat, add enough oil to come 1” up the sides. Heat oil to 375°. Working in batches, add shrimp and cook until golden and cooked through, about 1 to 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove from oil and place on prepared baking sheet. Immediately, top with more salt. Repeat with remaining shrimp.
  4. Make sauce: In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, pickles, capers, mustard, hot sauce, and lemon juice. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  5. Serve shrimp warm with spicy tartar sauce and lemon wedges.