Joes Crab Shack Popcorn Shrimp

This is a great take on pop corn shrimp. The secret ingredient is the brown sugar that aides making a really unique batter.

fried shrimp on a plate

Joes Crab Shack Popcorn Shrimp

fried shrimp on a plate

Joes Crab Shack Popcorn Shrimp

Make Joes Crab Shack Popcorn shrimp at home with this easy copycat recipe.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Seafood
Keyword: Joes Crab Shack Recipes
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 441kcal


  • 1 pound Small Fresh Shrimp (cleaned and shelled)
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 cup Cracker Meal
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Creole Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Plain Bread Crumbs
  • 1/3 cup Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Tobasco sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
  • vegetable oil for frying


  • Place shrimp in a bowl, add garlic powder, brown sugar, and Tabasco Sauce and mix well. Marinate shrimp for 1/2 hour in the refrigerator. Beat egg and add water, blend well, set aside. Mix flour, cracker meal, bread crumbs paprika and Creole seasoning together and blend well. 
  • Assemble for frying of shrimp, one bowl for cornstarch, one bowl for egg wash, and one bowl for cracker mixture. Heat oil for frying, use your favorite form of deep frying. One piece at a time dust shrimp with cornstarch, then place lightly in egg wash then roll in cracker crumb mixture. Fry until done. Shrimp will float to top when cooked through, remove when done and place on paper towels. Serve with your favorite tarter or seafood sauce.


Calories: 441kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 490mg | Sodium: 1484mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 6.7mg | Calcium: 288mg | Iron: 5.9mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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