Healthy(er) Cajun Popcorn Shrimp Recipe – Just in Time for Game Day!

February 2, 2010 in Appetizers, Healthy Fare

Did you know the average American consumes 1500 calories during the Super Bowl? YIKES!

Never Fear! We here at FFF are dedicated to making classic super bowl recipes lighter and healthier! This week watch for healthy noshes galore- we’ll try to include your favorites!

These little shrimp bites are crispy and delicious, and they are BAKED, not fried. So, go ahead and eat them like popcorn!

Culinary Trivia Question of the Day: Can you guess which popular American restaurant chain is credited with the creation of “popcorn shrimp?” See the end of this post for the answer!

Three step dipping method for a crunchy baked texture

Use the three-step dipping method for a crunchy baked texture

HEALTHY BAKED POPCORN SHRIMP

1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning blend, or more to taste*
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water
1 cup cornmeal
1 pound shelled uncooked shrimp, 60 to 90 count per pound
A little canola oil spray

Lightly spray a baking sheet with oil.

Mix together the flour, cajun seasoning and salt. Dip shrimp first in flour mixture, then in egg mixture, then in cornmeal. Spread shrimp in a single layer on baking sheet. Spray shrimp with oil. Broil for 4 to 5 minutes about 6 inches from heat. Remove shrimp from oven and turn over shrimp with a spatula. Spray with a little oil and then broil for another 2 to 3 minutes.

Serve at room temperature with your favorite dipping sauce.

* NOTE: If you don’t have any Cajun seasoning, use 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and a few dashes cayenne pepper.

Other food bloggers do Popcorn Shrimp:
Cajun Popcorn Shrimp, Life’s Ambrosia

Popcorn Shrimp, Yum Sugar

Culinary Trivia Answer: RED LOBSTER is credited with the creation of the wildly popular American appetizer “Popcorn Shrimp.”

–posted by Donna

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