Recipe Cajun Popcorn (shrimp)

Discussion in 'Fish and Seafood' started by cookieee, 15 Aug 2019.

  1. cookieee

    cookieee Regular Member

    South Florida
    Cajun Popcorn (shrimp)

    2 lbs. large shrimp
    2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
    2 TB. cayenne pepper
    2 TB. chili powder
    2 TB. ground CUMIN
    2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1 cup corn oil
    Tabasco sauce to taste
    Tartar sauce for dipping (optional)

    Peel and devein the shrimp. Cut them into 1/2" pieces. Combine the flour, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cumin, black pepper and salt in a medium-size bowl. Heat oil in a large skillet.

    Dredge the shrimp in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess. Fry them quickly over high heat until brown and crisp, occasionally adding a dash of Tabasco for spice. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately. Accompany with small bowls of tartar sauce. Makes 8 to 10 servings

    Source: "The New Basics" Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins - Palm Beach Post - Jan. 1990
  2. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Lots of lovely hot spices chilli flavour here which works well with cumin. Why are they called Cajun 'popcorn' ?
  3. cookieee

    cookieee Regular Member

    South Florida
    I would say because the shrimp is cut in small pieces, coated in the flour mixture and looks like popcorn when they are cooked.
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  4. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Ah - I see. Missed the fact they were cut in small pieces,
  5. I've never thought about it, but it makes sense. It's said that legendary Louisiana chef Paul Prudhomme invented popcorn shrimp. "The practice of de-shelling and taking the tails off of very small shrimp became popular because they could be eaten by the handfuls." I can imagine eating handfuls of popcorn shrimp the same way I might eat handfuls of popcorn.

    @cookieee: your way is easier than shelling and de-veining 2 pounds of small shrimp, and it looks like it achieves the same thing. Nice.
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  6. CraigC

    CraigC Über Member

    SE Florida
    The Rusty Pelican salad we make actually called for small shrimp, but it is much easier to cut large shrimp into smaller pieces.
  7. medtran49

    medtran49 Über Member

    SE Florida
    I remember having popcorn shrimp at Red Lobster in my mid teens. They were a favorite. That was about 45 years ago!
  8. cookieee

    cookieee Regular Member

    South Florida
    I like to eat my popcorn the same way I like my shrimp. Lots of BUTTER !!!! LOL

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