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The Unexpected Secrets of Popcorn Shrimp

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Popcorn shrimp is a fun nickname for tiny shrimp that have been breaded and deep-fried.

Fried fish and shrimp are unbelievably delicious. Seafood of any kind is so versatile, you’ll never run out of ideas for prepping and cooking them to make your next amazing meal. You may dismiss popcorn shrimp as underwhelming fast-food offerings. Even when you grab bags of our frozen little friends, you can find ways to make them the superstars of your dining experience!

Popcorn Shrimp is Deliciously Simple

Popcorn shrimp is a fun nickname for tiny shrimp that have been breaded and deep-fried. Even though other shrimp dishes call for jumbo shrimp, in this case, you will want to use the smallest ones you can find – that way, they are as bite-sized as possible. It’s often considered a snack food or an add-on for larger proteins such as steak, chicken, beef, and pork.  

The Breading Makes a Difference 

Yes, the breading does make a noticeable difference. As with many other cooking methods, breading the shrimp is a delicate balance. Too much or too little can be equally disappointing. Shrimp and breading are, unsurprisingly enough, the two main ingredients. Other optional ingredients include spices, creole seasoning, chili powder, and cajun seasonings. Experiment until you find one you like – may we suggest you incorporate our house-made blend of spices? For the best breading results, be sure to use panko breadcrumbs.

Be Careful Around Cooking Oil

Once the shrimp has been prepared (or dredged in flour as you desire), you can proceed to fry them. You don’t need anything special to serve as the cooking oil – common cooking oil does the trick. Either way, be careful around shrimp in the deep-fryer! The oil needs to be extremely hot to produce satisfactory results – but spitting oil can hurt you or lead to other more serious mishaps in the kitchen. 


Costas Inn has been a Baltimore tradition since 1971. You may recognize our restaurant, which was recently featured on the Food Network with Michael Symon on Burgers, Brew, and ‘Que! We were also voted the 2015 #1 Baltimore Seafood Restaurant by USA Today and #1 Crab Restaurant 2014 in the Baltimore Business Journal. You may have also spotted Costas Inn during one of our nine appearances on the Today Show or heard one of our many interviews on WJZ TV Channel 13 with Ron Matz and Marty Bass.

You can enjoy our famous crab cakes in-house or order them online for any time eating. We also provide some of the best seafood catering in the Baltimore area! You can also get your fill from Costas even when you’re not in our dining room: follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube!

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Costas Inn
5 stars - based on 699 reviews
4100 Northpoint Blvd. Baltimore , Maryland
410-477-1975 URL of Map Categories: Seafood Price Range: $$ Takes Reservations: yes
Costas Inn
5 stars - based on 695 reviews
4100 North Point Boulevard Baltimore , Maryland 21222
(410) 477-1975 URL of Map Categories: Seafood & Crabs Price Range: $$ Takes Reservations: yes