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Popcorn Shrimp



POPCORN SHRIMP
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

1 teaspoon granulated sugar
kosher salt
1 pound small shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons 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

Mix 3 cups ice water, the granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon 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 teaspoon Cajun seasoning.

Whisk the flour, cornstarch, confectioners' sugar, the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons 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 inches 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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