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Crispy Handbreaded Air Fried Popcorn Shrimp

Get ready to Pop-pop that trigger finger on this Finger licking Popcorn Shrimp! This recipe is Dan-good and the perfect amount of crispy, thanks to the breading and air fryer. This dish is great as an appetizer at parties or as a main course for dinner!

Why Are They Called Popcorn Shrimp?

The dish is referred to as popcorn shrimp because it’s perfectly bite-sized pieces of battered shrimp that are often eaten by the handful! Just like you’d eat popcorn!

How Do You Make Popcorn Shrimp?

Mix together your flour and Dan-O’s Original to create a dredging flour for the shrimp. Toss the shrimp in the flour, fully coated then dip into your beaten egg. Toss the egg-covered shrimp in the panko breadcrumbs. Set the breaded shrimp in the tray of the air-fryer and cook at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 minutes.

What Kind of Shrimp is Best for Popcorn Shrimp?

Popcorn shrimp should really be made with very small shrimp to make them bite-sized and easy to pick up by the handful. We recommend a 61/70 or 51/60 shrimp. Understand you may need to adjust your cooking time based on the size of your shrimp. 

Popcorn Shrimp Variations

Mexican: Use Dan-O’s Spicy and ¼ tsp of Cumin to the flour mixture.

Chipotle: Use Dan-O’s Chipotle and serve with remoulade.

Asian: Add ¼ tsp of ground ginger, and ½ teaspoon of five-spice powder to flour. Top the shrimp with sesame seeds and sliced green onions.

Sauces to Pair with Popcorn Shrimp

Cocktail sauce is the gold standard for popcorn shrimp but you could serve this up with some signature Yum-Yum Sauce or Dan-O’s Triple Threat Aioli. IF you’re using the Chipotle variation, try some remoulade with it.


  • 12 ozs small shrimp
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Dan-O’s Orginal
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Homemade Cocktail Sauce

  • ½ cup ketchup
  • A dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish
  • A dash of lemon juice
  • Dan-O’s Spicy 
  • Two dashes of hot sauce

Prep Time

5 Mins

Cook Time

10 Mins


  1. Start by mixing about a cup of panko breadcrumbs, ½ teaspoon of paprika, and some Dan-O’s Original in a bowl. Prepare a second bowl with flour and a third with a beaten egg.
  2. Coat each shrimp in flour, egg, and then breaddcrumbs.
  3. Lie them down to sleep in their little bed, then lightly spray with cooking spray and air fry at 400 for 8 minutes.
  4. To make some quick cocktail sauce, mix ½ cup of ketchup, 2 tablespoons of horseradish, then a dash of Worcestershire, lemon juice, your favorite hot sauce, and then some Dan-O’s Spicy.

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