Almost-Famous Popcorn Shrimp

Almost-Famous Popcorn Shrimp
Almost-Famous Popcorn Shrimp

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

35

minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

35

minutes

SERVINGS

--

servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    tsp. granulated sugar

  • Kosher salt

  • 1

    lb. small shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 2

    tsp. Cajun seasoning

  • 3/4

    c. all-purpose flour

  • 2

    TBSP. cornstarch

  • 1

    tsp. confectioner's sugar

  • 1/2

    c. plus 2 TBSP. lager beer

  • 8

    jarred pepperoncini, drained and halved lengthwise

  • 2

    jarred roasted red peppers, drained and cut into bite-size pieces

  • Vegetable oil, for deep-frying

  • Lemon wedges, cocktail sauce and/or tartar sauce, for serving

Directions

Mix 3 c. ice water, the granulated sugar and 1 tsp. salt in a medium bowl. Add the shrimp and set aside 15 minutes, then drain well and pat dry. Dry the bowl; return the shrimp to the bowl and toss with 1/2 tsp. Cajun seasoning. Whisk the flour, cornstarch, confectioner's sugar, the remaining 1 1/2 tsp. Cajun seasoning and the beer in a large bowl to make a smooth batter. Add the shrimp, pepperoncini and roasted peppers and stir until evenly coated. Heat 2" of vegetable oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees. Working in batches, remove the shrimp, pepperoncini and roasted peppers from the batter with a slotted spoon, transfer to the hot oil and fry until golden, about 3 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels; season with salt. Serve with lemon wedges, cocktail sauce and/or tartar sauce.

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