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Recipe
Popcorn Shrimp

Popcorn Shrimp

  • Prep Time: 15 miniutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 5 teaspoons Emeril's Original Essence
  • 2 cups plain bread crumbs
  • 1 pound small shrimp (100 count per pound), peeled
  • 6 cups vegetable oil, for frying
  • Lemon wedges, for garnish

Directions

  • In a medium-sized, non-reactive bowl, combine the eggs, heavy cream, and 2 teaspoons of the Essence. Whisk well to combine. In a separate bowl, blend the bread crumbs with the remaining 3 teaspoons of the Essence.

  • Set a 1-gallon stockpot over medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil, and preheat the oil to 360 degrees F.

  • Add the shrimp to the egg mixture and allow it to marinate for 5 minutes.  To bread the shrimp, take about 1/3 or 1/4 of the shrimp, allowing excess liquid to dran then place in the bread crumb mixture. Toss well to evenly coat the shrimp, and use a coarse sieve to sift the excess bread crumbs off into another clean bowl. Repeat the process  with the remaining shrimp and breading.

  • Place the breaded shrimp in the hot oil in batches, and fry, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the hot oil using a slotted spoon and drain on a paper-lined sheet pan. Serve the shrimp hot and garnish with lemon wedges.