My dad loves popcorn shrimp. So I decided to make him some for dinner. He always eats the frozen kind out of the box from the grocery, and I thought it might be nice to have some fresh shrimp for a change. Well he ate them and really liked them. My mom asked, “Did you like the shrimp? Your daughter made them.” He said, “Oh yea! They are really good. I thought they were the frozen ones out of the box.” Well, I guess I’ll take that as a compliment. I thought they were really good. Hope you like them too. Enjoy!
Recipe is from the Food Network here’s the link.
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons heavy cream
5 teaspoons Essence, recipe follows (I used Cajun seasoning I had already)
2 cups plain bread crumbs
1 pound small shrimp (100 count per pound), peeled
6 cups vegetable oil, for frying (I poured about 1 inch of oil in my cast iron skillet and fried the shrimp that way)
Lemon wedges, for garnish
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.
To bread the shrimp, take about 1/3 or 1/4 of the shrimp and toss in the egg mixture. Let the shrimp sit in the marinade for up to 5 minutes. Remove and 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 (I used a fork to dip mine in the bread crumbs and placed the breaded shrimp directly in the skillet). Repeat the process 2 more times 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.
Emeril’s ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme
Combine all ingredients thoroughly.