Can I Make "Popcorn Shrimp"?
This Roxy Chow Down YouTube video for "Popcorn Shrimp" was recommended to me. It looked good & I liked her trick to bread the shrimp w/ little mess, so I decided to give it a try.
The trick I liked was that she put her dry breading mix (w/ flour) into a Tupperware container and then put the shrimp in there and shook it around.
In this recipe, you actually put the shrimp in the flour breading mixture twice, but there is no mess! Because you put it in the Tupperware container and shake it around.
What I used:
- Baking powder
- Onion powder
- Garlic paste (I didn't have garlic powder)
- Salt & Pepper
- Egg (for breading)
I took her trick one step further. In the video, she puts salt, pepper & onion powder on the shrimp in a separate bowl before breading & egg. I just put this in the Tupperware container I was going to use for breading to save a bowl from the dishwasher.
I poured the dry breading ingredients into the Tupperware and shook it around. I took it out and put it in the egg.
Then I took it out of the egg & back into the breading mix. And I shook it around again, which is kind of fun. :)
I actually tried frying half in oil and tried half in the Air Fryer at 375 degrees.
RESULT: Success! :)
We are good at this! The popcorn shrimp I fried turned out really well and tasted good. The ones in the Air Fryer turned out okay, but the shrimp got kind of stuck to the tray. I have previously tried "air frying" foods with Panko breadcrumbs & that worked well. The shrimp had sort of a wet batter, which got stuck to the grate. If you have foods with a wet batter, then frying them in oil probably works better.
As I mentioned I really liked Roxy Chow Down's trick for breading food with less mess by shaking it in the Tupperware container. It would work well for chicken nuggets or fish nuggets, etc. too.
Give it a try! We are good at this!