This baked Popcorn Shrimp Recipe is quite easy to make and tastier than most ready made popcorn shrimp. The shrimp is oven fried. No need to fuss with hot oil. Using mayonnaise rather than an egg mixture to adhere the crumb coating omits the need for using oil. It also adds a great flavor to the finished popcorn shrimp.
Baked Popcorn Shrimp
Homemade oven fried shrimp are not only tastier than ready made, but a little less expensive especially if you are making large batches for entertaining.
The shrimp is pictured with a small bowl of my Yum Yum Sauce.
How to Make Popcorn Shrimp
Here is a simple visual guide to the process of making these oven fried shrimp. The full printable recipe card is below.
Here are all the ingredients you will need to make the popcorn shrimp recipe. I went with extra small (U100-150) shrimp, but regular small or even medium would work with little adjustment to cooking time.
First, thaw your shrimp.
The quick and easy way to do this is in a bowl under trickling water. Just fill the shrimp bowl with cold to warm water (not hot), and leave the water drizzling into the bowl. The water does not have enough power to push the shrimp out, but keeps the water flowing so the shrimp thaw quicker.
Preheat your oven once shrimp are thawed (400 degrees). Drain out the water, drop shrimp in paper towel lined bowl and gently press. this will get the majority of water off without fuss. dry bottom of bowl with paper towel if needed and return shrimp to the bowl. They are now ready to get dressed.
Scoop mayonnaise into the bowl with the shrimp.
Add the seasonings. A teaspoon of Cajun seasoning can be substituted for the salt, paprika onion and garlic powder in recipe below if you like.
Mix well to ensure the shrimp are fully coated.
Pour breadcrumbs in a separate bowl. Drop the shrimp into the crumbs in small batches, trying to keep them separate as you do. Toss to coat.
As each batch is coated in the crumbs remove to a lined baking sheet. The recipe should all fit on a large baking sheet (commercial half sheet pan). Once the sheet is full bake for 10 minutes, then flip the shrimp over and cook another 5-6 minutes.
Air Fryer Popcorn Shrimp
I have also made these in the air fryer. Follow directions on coating the shrimp, then place in air fryer basket in smaller batches and cook for 9-10 minutes. I set the air fryer at 375 degrees.
This is the air fryer I use. The large basket fries about 1/2 the recipe at a time. We love it for fries, pizza, quesadilla and chicken fingers too.
More Easy Appetizer Recipes
Easy Popcorn shrimp recipe made with mayonnaise and oven fried.
- 3/4 pound shrimp x small or small
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- Thaw shrimp and drain and dry them with a few paper towels.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Mix the mayonnaise and seasonings with the shrimp.
- Pour the breadcrumbs into a separate bowl. Toss small batches of the shrimp in mixture to coat.
- When the shrimp is coated, place each batch on a prepared baking sheet (use parchment or silicone liner). Leave a little space between each shrimp. Repeat until the pan is filled.
- Bake for 10 minutes, then flip the shrimp over and bake another 5-6 minutes. They will be golden brown when they are done.
- Serve with as is, with lemon, cocktail sauce or Yum Yum sauce (as pictured).
Nutrition data based on 80% mayonnaise and 50% breadcrumb retention in completed recipe. As always nutritional info is just an estimate.