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Baked Popcorn Shrimp

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This delicious Baked Popcorn Shrimp recipe is quick and easy to make, totally crispy and flavorful, and it’s lightened up by being baked in the oven instead of fried. Win-win-win! Thanks to the Shrimp Council for sponsoring this recipe.

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So, you know how I talked in my last post about being on a taco kick in my last post? Well, apparently I tend to cook in waves, because this week has also been shrimp-o-rama here at my place. First I made a batch of lightened-up shrimp scampi, which is coming on the blog next week. Then last night I made my very first-ever homemade shrimp paella with my neighbors from Spain. But the recipe that started it all was my lighter version of a classic — Skinny Popcorn Shrimp!

I know. Hold the phone. Skinny popcorn shrimp?!?

That’s right! I’m stoked to be partnering with the Shrimp Council this year on their Get Slim With Shrimp program to develop a bunch of healthy shrimp recipes for the new year. And when they asked for my first recipe idea, I immediately wanted to try lightening up a recipe for popcorn shrimp. Am I the only one who finds those tasty little shrimp poppers 500% addictive?! Oh my goodness, a few bites are never enough. But with this “skinny” recipe, these crispy and flavorful popcorn shrimp are baked and not fried, so you can “pop” a few extra bites without the guilt. Plus, they are really easy to make. So if you’re a popcorn shrimp fan, I’d say there’s pretty much no excuse for you not to try them. ;)

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Ok, but before we get to this tasty recipe and giveaway, let’s talk for a second about shrimp. I’m especially talking to all of you New Year’s resolution folks. If you’re looking for some healthier habits to try in 2014, consider these facts:

  • A 3-ounce serving of four large shrimp weighs in at less than 85 calories, 1 gram of fat and nearly 20 grams of protein (which helps you feel fuller longer).
  • Both the U.S.Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend that people consume at least two servings of seafood each week. But, while Americans consume annually more than 80 pounds of beef and 60 pounds of chicken per capita, shrimp – the nation’s most-popular seafood – rings in at a mere 3.8 pounds per individual.**  If you as me, people are missing out!
  • Swapping meat for shrimp helps cut calories and fat while increasing beneficial nutrients like B vitamins, iron and omega-3s.

But beyond the nutritional benefits, I’m just a big fan of cooking with shrimp because it’s also so quick and easy to prepare, and so filling and delicious! I always keep a few bags in my freezer and whip one out at least once a week to make a quick stir-fry or shrimp bake. It’s just such an easy protein to work with, and one of my favorites for great flavor without all of the fat.

So if you’re looking for more great ways to incorporate shrimp into your meal planning this year, be sure to check out the Get Slim With Shrimp Facebook page and website for more information and delicious recipes. And, of course, you’d better check out this delicious one below.

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So the secret to this “skinny” popcorn shrimp recipe is all in the breading. See it right there?

First of all, there is no deep fryer in that picture. No siree, totally unnecessary. The secret to great flavor is all in the seasoning, which is whisked into a crispy Panko breadcrumb mixture. Then all you have to do is send each piece of shrimp swimming in an egg white wash, then roll it around in the breading, and pop it on a parchment-covered baking sheet, and give them a nice mist of cooking spray (to help them brown up a bit in that oven sunshine).

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Then bake the little shrimp up to crispy perfection, and then serve with your favorite cocktail or dipping sauce. Then “pop” and enjoy!!

Trust me. Once you try these, there’s no way you’ll want to go back to the greasy fried version. These are perfectly crispy and flavorful just the way they are, and so much more enjoyable when you know that they don’t contain tons of unnecessary fat and calories.

So join me on my healthy shrimp kick and try them out for yourselves!

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Baked Popcorn Shrimp

  • Prep Time: 19 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: About 4-6 servings 1x


This skinny popcorn shrimp recipe is full of great flavor, easy to make, and “lighter” too!


  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp. Old Bay or other Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 egg white, whisked
  • 1 lb. raw medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • cooking spray
  • lemon wedges and chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together Panko, parmesan, old bay, salt and pepper until combined.
  3. Set up your dipping station with bowls of (1) shrimp (2) egg whites and (3) breading. Working one at a time, dip a piece of shrimp in the egg whites until it is covered. Then transfer to the breadcrumb mixture and toss until combined. Gently place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining shrimp, then generously coat all of the shrimp with a layer of cooking spray. (This will help the breading turn golden.)
  4. Bake for 3 minutes, then flip shrimp and bake for another 3 minutes or until cooked through and no longer translucent. Serve warm with garnishes and cocktail or low-fat ranch sauce for dipping.

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with The Shrimp Council. Also, per capita consumption of beef and chicken is courtesy of the USDA and reflects the 2011 calendar year, the most recent complete beef and poultry data available. Per capita consumption of shrimp is courtesy of NOAA and reflects the 2012 calendar year, the most recent complete seafood data available.

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505 comments on “Baked Popcorn Shrimp”

  1. Favourite shrimp recipe is shrimp poboys. So easy and way filling. Will try this baked version for a healthier option!

  2. My favorite shrimp receipt, shrimp scampi

  3. Looks great! So excited to try!

  4. fried shrimp!

  5. Ginger prawn

  6. I love barbecued shrimp! I have 2 favorite recipes – a lemon garlic one and a buffalo shrimp one that we make all the time in the summer!

  7. Last night I had shrimp and grits for dinner! One of my very favorite ways to eat shrimp in the winter! I eat shrimp all year period. I am a seafood person instead of red meats any day.

  8. I love Blackened Shrimp – thank you.

  9. Yum, I love shrimp recipes! Right now my favorite is my husband’s shrimp chimichangas, but this one may surpass that. Can’t wait to try it!

  10. I love making a crispy honey shrimp! Adding coconut gives a fun flair too. :) I’m very eager to try your recipe here, it looks fabulous!!

  11. I am the shrimp freak in our family… I’ll eat it any way! Fried, baked, scampi, butterfly, cocktail… you name
    it, I’m there! I can’t wait to try this recipe tomorrow! :)

  12. Grilled shrimp skewers on top of a nice crisp salad!!

  13. I love just sauteed shrimp!

  14. Can’t wait to buy some shrimp to try this

  15. My boyfriend and I love shrimp tacos with tomatoes and Greek yogurt sauce!I

  16. Looks good! I’ve always wanted to try popcorn shrimp :)

  17. YUM!!! I would be the only one eating it, but, hey, that is fine by me!!! Great giveaway, thanks for the chance!

  18. I make a mean Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  19. Shrimp and chicken salad!

  20. I love shrimp scampi :)

  21. Shrimp Scamp is my favorite.

  22. I love popcorn shrimp!

  23. Shrimp scampi

  24. My favorite recipe is Camarones en Escabeche.

  25. I love garlic butter shrimp!

  26. I keep kosher so honestly have never had shrimp but this looks yummy!

  27. I love a pan cooked butter shrimp

  28. I love Shrimp Scampi!

  29. This BAKED shrimp looks amazing!

  30. Definitely will try.

  31. My favorite is Shrimp Scampi.

  32. My husband is a big shrimp eater, he would love these popcorn shrimp!

  33. i like shrimp with a little linguine, sauteed with grape tomatoes and olive oil! easy peasy.

  34. I’ve actually never made shrimp before, so I’m so excited to try this!

  35. My family loves shrimp and what great way to enjoy it!

  36. shrimp scampi over spaghetti

  37. I love shrimp

  38. shrimp scampi shrimp scampi shrimp scampi
    Especially the one they make at Carrabba’s.

  39. That recipe looks so good! I love shrimp in my fried rice!

  40. I usually toss shrimp into a stir fry, but this recipe sounds yummy!

  41. My favorite shrimp recipe is coconut fried shrimp. So yummy!

  42. I love shrimp, especially marinated in garlic, fresh dill & parsley, olive oil and lemon! Mmmmm

  43. Love to saute with salt, pepper and olive oil!

  44. I have a marinaded grilled shrimp recipe that my family just loves, slightly spicy and just right — and grilled is good for calorie watchers as well!

  45. My favorite is stir fried shrimp with veggies, thank you for the chance.

  46. I love just go old fashion steamed shrimp covered in Old Bay! Delicious!

  47. Being a little health conscious I eat a lot of grilled shrimp, but this recipe looks wonderful!

  48. This sounds delicious! I’ll have to try it tonight. I have a bunch of shrimp left over from making shrimp pad thai.

  49. Found this recipe/your blog from Pinterest and I’m so happy I did! I already love all of your healthy recipes and can’t wait to give this one a try.

  50. Cumin dusted shrimp over greens, black eyed peas, and rice! So good!