This healthy popcorn shrimp recipe uses tiny shrimp to make crunchy bites perfect for popping in your mouth. We also swap out mayo-based tartar sauce for a healthier Greek yogurt dip flavored with Thai chili sauce.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2015

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Recipe Summary

total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
Nutrition Profile:
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Position rack in bottom of oven; preheat to 450 degrees F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

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  • Whisk eggs, Old Bay, garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a shallow bowl. Place breadcrumbs in another shallow bowl or dish. Add shrimp to the egg mixture and stir until well coated. Transfer to the breadcrumbs with a slotted spoon and gently stir to coat. Arrange the shrimp in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Generously coat with cooking spray.

  • Bake the shrimp until cooked through and browned on the bottom, 6 to 8 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, combine yogurt (or sour cream), chili sauce, hot sauce and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Serve the shrimp with the dipping sauce.

Tips

Shrimp is usually sold by the number needed to make one pound. For example, “21-25 count” means there will be 21 to 25 shrimp in a pound. Size names, such as “large” or “extra large,” are not standardized, so to get the size you want, order by the count per pound. Both wild-caught and farm-raised shrimp can damage the surrounding ecosystems when not managed properly. Fortunately, it is possible to buy shrimp that have been raised or caught with sound environmental practices. Look for fresh or frozen shrimp certified by an independent agency, such as the Marine Stewardship Council. If you can't find certified shrimp, choose wild-caught shrimp from North America--it's more likely to be sustainably caught.

Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.

Nutrition Facts

243 calories; protein 26.2g 52% DV; carbohydrates 24.8g 8% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 0.5g 2% DV; sugars 10.4g; fat 3.6g 6% DV; saturated fat 0.6g 3% DV; cholesterol 206.7mg 69% DV; vitamin a iu 70.5IU 1% DV; vitamin c 0.9mg 2% DV; folate 8mcg 2% DV; calcium 101.4mg 10% DV; iron 0.8mg 4% DV; magnesium 39.3mg 14% DV; potassium 321.4mg 9% DV; sodium 583.1mg 23% DV; thiaminmg 1% DV; added sugar 9g.

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08/27/2019
Pleasantly surprised at how easy and good this shrimp recipe was! I couldn't find the size shrimp the recipe called for, so I just got large and cut them in half and it was fine! I had trouble getting the panko to stick to the shrimp, but it didn't matter, it was all over the place -but good! Will definitely make again, and nice for in the winter! Read More