Cajun Popcorn Shrimp

Cajun popcorn shrimp is quick, easy and oh so crispy! Sweet shrimp, marinated in Cajun seasoning, then coated in breadcrumbs and fried until golden.

We’ve all got those recipes that bring back good memories from our childhood right? Something that you ate at a birthday party, on sunday dinners or at your grandma’s house. This Cajun Popcorn shrimp is one of those for me.

Cajun marinated shrimp coated in bread crumbs and fried until golden.

Growing up whenever my grandparents on my mom’s side would come to visit my grandma and I would head to the grocery store to get some snacks. We’d grab the essentials like potato chips, dip, pop, bread. and butter pretzels (they were the best!)

But one of our other essentials wasn’t that common, we’d always have to get a box of frozen popcorn shrimp. Once home, we’d pop them in the oven and enjoy the tiny crunchy shrimp with loads of cocktail sauce.

This Cajun popcorn shrimp recipe is quick, easy and so good! Sweet shrimp, marinated in Cajun seasoning, then coated in breadcrumbs and fried until golden.

Now that I am grown up and have a little bit more kitchen experience, when I get the craving for popcorn shrimp I head into the kitchen to make my own.

For this deep fried shrimp recipe, I decided to kick things up a little bit and season the shrimp with Cajun seasoning before breading them. Then I deep fried them until they were golden brown and crunchy.

My grandma passed away a few years ago, and whenever I miss her (which is quite a bit), I’ll just make myself a batch of popcorn shrimp. And if I close my eyes, I’m that little 10 year old girl again, snacking on crispy fried popcorn shrimp and cocktail sauce with her grandma.

Watch the video below to see how this Cajun Popcorn Shrimp gets so perfectly golden and crispy!

And if seafood isn’t your thing, be sure to check out this recipe for popcorn chicken.

Cajun popcorn shrimp is quick, easy and oh so crispy! Sweet shrimp marinated in cajun seasoning, coated in breadcrumbs and fried until golden

Cajun Popcorn Shrimp Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:
5 based on 8 reviews


  • 1 pound (45-50 count) peeled and deveined prawns, thawed if frozen
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2- 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup plain dry bread crumbs
  • 2/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • oil for frying
  • kosher salt



In a bowl combine shrimp, cajun seasoning and olive oil. Stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.


When you are ready to start cooking, heat 1/2 inch of oil in a saucepan over medium heat.


Place the flour in one bowl. Place the egg in a second bowl. In the third bowl combine the plain and panko bread crumbs.


First dredge the shrimp in the flour, shake off any excess. Dip the floured shrimp into the egg and then dredge in the bread crumb mixture. Repeat until all shrimp are coated.


Drop a few bread crumbs in the oil to see if its hot enough, if it sizzles, it is. Fry the shrimp in batches for 4-6 minutes or until golden brown. Be careful not to over crowd the pan. Transfer finished shrimp to paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Serve hot.



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    August 31, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    I love the seasonings!

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    August 31, 2018 at 10:23 am

    These look so popable! YUM!

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    Sandra | A Dash of Sanity
    August 29, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    This is such a great idea! Perfect appetizer for parties!

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    August 28, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    These look perfect! I won’t be able to stop snacking on these!

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    August 28, 2018 at 6:03 am

    Oooh, I love popcorn shrimp! These are perfect for football season!

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    Erin Dee
    August 28, 2018 at 5:57 am

    What a wonderful childhood memory! These cajun popcorn shrimp look so tasty!

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    Mahy Elamin
    August 28, 2018 at 2:35 am

    What an AMAZING idea! YUM, these really sound delicious! Thank you for a great recipe!

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    August 27, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Love the kick of flavor! Can’t wait to try it!

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    August 27, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Perfect game day food! The crisp looks perfect!

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    August 27, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Such a tasty and easy recipe to follow. Highly recommend !!

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    June 15, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    This looks so yummy!

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    Krissy Allori
    April 24, 2018 at 5:24 am

    My husband would freak out (in the best way) if I made him these!

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    Rebecca | Let's Eat Cake
    April 19, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    I love popcorn shrimp and this recipe sounds so good! Love the added heat from the Cajun seasoning!

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    Cheryl - Pook's Pantry
    April 19, 2018 at 8:59 am

    These look SO GOOD! Reminds me of my childhood. Popcorn shrimp was my “go-to” when we went out to eat :)

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    Debra C.
    April 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    These look really easy to make, I know they will be a hit in our home!

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    Betsy @ Desserts Required
    April 17, 2018 at 10:02 am

    My mouth is watering just looking at this recipe. Can’t wait to give it a try!

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    Jersey Girl Cooks
    April 16, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    This looks so delicious! I can always go for shrimp.

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    December 19, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    What a great idea! A Cajun kick is just about great on everything! This popcorn shrimplooks amazing!

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    Melissa K
    November 8, 2009 at 10:03 am

    I’ve made these a bunch of times since you posted them, and I just want to let you know that I absolutely adore them! We use them for our Yankeefied version of Shrimp Po’ Boy. They come out juicy and succulent every time. Perfect!

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      November 9, 2009 at 11:17 am

      Thank you Melissa! I am happy to hear that you have enjoyed these so much! What is a Yankeefied version of Shrimp Po’ Boy? Sounds intriguing :)

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    July 17, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    These look great! Are the shrimp cooked or raw before you fry them?

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      July 17, 2009 at 3:10 pm

      hi dawnie2u Thanks! They are raw before I cook them.

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    June 15, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Those sound really, really tasty!

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    June 15, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Those popcorn shrimp look really good!

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    June 13, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    That’s the power of food, one of its many!!
    I love dishes filled with nostalgia and happy memories, which transport you back in time after just one bite.
    Aside from the sentimentality… this looks crunch-a-licious!

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    June 12, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    These remind me so much of the times I used to work around the Bahamas….

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    June 12, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Mmm… fried food :)

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    June 12, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Just found your blog. Love it!

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