If you like a little heat and a bit of a kick you’re going to love this 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.
I take the easy route with this recipe and use frozen Panko breaded Shrimp from Costco.
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!
But I think she ended up sharing a few with her siblings. Good girl!
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!
- 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
- Lettuce leaves and chopped green onion
- 1 C panko bread crumbs
- 2 egg white
- 1 tsp garlic powder
Mix together sauce ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use
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
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