Firecracker Shrimp

If you like a little heat and a bit of a kick you’re going to love this firecracker shrimp!Firecracker Shrimp

Today’s recipe has been a frequent visitor at our house on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve for the last several years.  It is delicious and it is also a total man pleaser.  They love it!  But so do the girls.

It’s a bit spicy so if you like a little heat, you’ll love it.

Firecracker Shrimp!

Firecracker Shrimp

I take the easy route with this recipe and use frozen Panko breaded Shrimp from Costco.

Firecracker Shrimp

It’s easy and it’s good but if you don’t have a Costco near you or can’t find something similar at your local grocery you can bread your own shrimp.  It’s just a bit more work a little messier but totally doable – I’ve done it.  I’ll include the recipe for the Panko breading below too.

This year’s box of shrimp only came with directions to bake it – not fry.  I followed the baking directions but when I added the secret sauce to it the breading started following off the shrimp.  It still tasted great, just not too pretty.

So the second time I made them I let the shrimp thaw in the frig and then I fried them in oil – at about 300 degrees and they turned out perfect.  A nice crispy, brown exterior that stayed on when I mixed them in the sauce!
Firecracker Shrimp

After I cooked up this batch Cali decided she was going to eat the whole thing herself!
Firecracker Shrimp

But I think she ended up sharing a few with her siblings.  Good girl!

Firecracker Shrimp

Got any big plans for your New Year’s Eve.  I think ours will be homemade pizza and root beer floats with some family games.  Pretty quiet around here!

Happy New Year!

Up next – my word of the year and a fun new way to display it!

Firecracker Shrimp
Recipe type: Appetizer
Secret Sauce:
  • ½ C mayo
  • 2-4 tsp chili garlic sauce (depending on the amount of heat you like) I used 4!
  • 1½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 pkg panko breaded frozen shrimp
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • Lettuce leaves and chopped green onion
To make your own Panko Breaded Shrimp:
  • 1 C panko bread crumbs
  • 2 egg white
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  1. Mix together sauce ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use
To make your own Panko Breaded Shrimp:
  1. Heat vegetable oil in pan to about 350 degrees
  2. Mix together bread crumbs and garlic powder
  3. Dip unpeeled shrimp in egg white mixture
  4. Dip in panko crumbs mixture
  5. Place in hot oil and cook until browned on both sides and cooked through
  6. If using frozen, pre-breaded shrimp thaw in the refrigerator and then cook in hot oil until coating is brown and crispy, making sure inside is cooked too
  7. After shrimp is cooked place in a bowl and pour special sauce over the top
  8. Gently fold together
  9. Place shrimp on a plate covered with lettuce leaves and sprinkle on green onion


Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    This recipe makes me wish I could eat spicy food…my husband would love it though.

    No big plans for New Year’s Eve this year. I like your idea of playing board games with the family. We got some new games for Christmas that we can try out. I want to watch the ball drop on tv. I think my daughter might actually be old enough to stay up that late this year. New Year’s day I am planning a meal of all cabbage. We’ll spend the day cleaning up Christmas and watching the Rose Parade.

  2. says

    YUM! Looks good.

    We celebrate New Year’s Eve with fondue. It is easy peasy to prep and you can’t go wrong with cheese, wine and crusty bread!

  3. Robyn says

    Andy loves hot..but not so much shrimp, maybe he’d eat it this way? If not – maybe I’ll use this on some chicken nuggets :-).

    We had with his siblings at Decarli in Beaverton, then came home and played games – some on the Wii and then our alltime favorite – CatchPhrase. Except when we couldn’t find ours we found a similar ‘app’ and played it on my brother-in-laws ipad. Always a good time!

  4. Rayla Janisko says

    These are very similar (but way better) to a restaurant close to where we live !!!! My hubby and I will sometimes call and order the shrimp for pick up and eat them on the way home!!!! Now I can just make them at home! Thanks for another great recipe!!!! They are fabulous!!!!


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