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


    Secret Sauce:
  • 1/2 C mayo
  • 2-4 tsp chili garlic sauce (depending on the amount of heat you like) I used 4!
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 pkg panko breaded frozen shrimp
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • Garnish:
  • 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


  • Mix together sauce ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use
  • To make your own Panko Breaded Shrimp:
  • Heat vegetable oil in pan to about 350 degrees
  • Mix together bread crumbs and garlic powder
  • Dip unpeeled shrimp in egg white mixture
  • Dip in panko crumbs mixture
  • Place in hot oil and cook until browned on both sides and cooked through
  • 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
  • After shrimp is cooked place in a bowl and pour special sauce over the top
  • Gently fold together
  • Place shrimp on a plate covered with lettuce leaves and sprinkle on green onion


  1. 1
    Heather 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.
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  2. 2
    lisa 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. 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. 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!!!!

  5. 5
    Terri Anne says:

    great recipes, very tasty!!


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