Crispy Panko Shrimp

Panko Shrimp breaded with a crispy coating and pan-fried until golden brown. They’re a delicious appetizer or snack or make them for dinner with some rice or fries on the side.

a shrimp being dipped in the sauce.

If you’re a crispy appetizer fan as I am, I am thrilled to introduce you to these panko shrimp. They deliver on the crispy with a seasoned panko bread crumb coating, they’re easy to make (no deep-frying!), and they double as a potential dinner idea (more on that in a moment).

They have an Asian-inspired flavor with some ground ginger in the seasoning and my preferred dipping sauce on the side, Thai sweet chili sauce. It’s a seriously great combination.

panko shrimp on a white plate with a bowl of chili sauce.

And, with my seasoning in a bag trick, they don’t take long to make. A quick breading, and they’re ready to go in the hot pan. Minutes later, you’ll have a batch of crispy panko shrimp – I love it when that happens!

ingredients for the recipe.

Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground black pepper
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Large eggs
  • Jumbo shrimp (21/25 size) peeled and deveined with tails left on
  • Vegetable oil or canola oil
  • Dipping sauce: I like these crispy shrimp with Thai sweet chili sauce but they’re good with cocktail sauce or tartar sauce, too.

Recipe Steps

Place the flour and all of the seasonings in a large resealable bag, seal the bag, and shake it to combine. Place all of the shrimp in the bag, seal it, and shake to coat them evenly in the flour mixture.

raw shrimp in a bag with the seasoned flour.

Place the panko in a shallow dish and crack the eggs into a separate shallow bowl. Whisk the eggs with a fork. Dip each shrimp in the egg and then coat them in the panko. Set the breaded shrimp in a single layer on a sheet pan or large plate.

Heat half of the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, place half of the shrimp in a single layer in the oil. Cook them until the panko is golden brown and then turn them to cook them on the other side. It will only take a few minutes to cook them.

Take them out of the pan, add more oil and cook the second batch the same way.

shrimp being coated in the breadcrumbs and cooking in the skillet.

Tips for the Best Panko Shrimp

I like big shrimp, but you can use any size you like as long as it’s one pound total.

You can use frozen shrimp for this recipe. Just be sure to thaw them and then pat them dry before seasoning them. If you add them to the bag with a lot of excess moisture, the seasoning mix will clump up.

If you want to keep the first batch of fried shrimp warm, set your oven to a low temperature (like 200ish degrees) and place them on a sheet pan. Keep them in the oven while you finish cooking the rest of the batch.

Panko shrimp are best not long after they’re made. Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for a day or so, but the breading will soften.

Different Ways to Serve Them

Appetizer: Pair them with a dipping sauce like Thai sweet chili sauce, cocktail sauce, or tarter sauce.

Dinner: They’re great over cooked rice with the chili sauce drizzled over the top and some broccoli or other veggie on the side. Or pair them with some French fries.

crispy panko shrimp on a serving plate with a bowl of sweet chili sauce.

Save this panko shrimp recipe for your next game day snack fest, holiday party, or regular weeknight dinner – whichever you choose, I think you’ll love them.

Happy crispy shrimping!

April
three shrimp on a plate with sauce drizzled over the top.

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Panko Shrimp

a shrimp being dipped in the sauce.

Panko shrimp is an easy appetizer or snack with some sauce on the side for dipping. They’re so easy to make (no deep-frying!) and great for parties or any time you want a crispy appetizer to snack on.

  • Author: April Anderson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Fry
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup panko
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp (21/25 size) peeled and deveined with tails left on
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, divided
  • Thai sweet chili sauce for dipping

Instructions

  1. Place the flour and all of the seasonings in a large resealable bag. Close it and shake the bag to combine. Place the shrimp in the bag, close it up, and shake to coat them evenly in the seasoning mixture.
  2. Place the panko in a shallow bowl. Beat the eggs with a fork in a separate shallow bowl. Dip each shrimp in the egg and then coat them in the panko. Set them on a sheet pan or large plate.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, place half of the shrimp in a single layer in the oil and cook them for a few minutes on one side.
  4. Once the breading is golden and crispy, turn the shrimp and cook them until golden on the other side. Take them out of the pan, add more oil and cook the second batch.
  5. Serve the panko shrimp with Thai sweet chili sauce on the side for dipping.

Notes

You can use thawed frozen shrimp, but I recommend patting them dry with a paper towel before you coat them in the seasoned flour.

Depending on the size of your skillet, you may need to cook the shrimp in more than two batches. I like to use about two tablespoons of oil per batch. Keep the cooked ones on a sheet pan in a warm oven while you cook the rest.

They make a great dinner, too. Serve them over cooked rice with some sauce drizzled over the top. Add a veggie, like broccoli, on the side.

The nutrition estimate doesn’t include the dipping sauce.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 279
  • Sugar: 1.8g
  • Sodium: 950.1mg
  • Fat: 18.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 12.3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4.2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.7g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Protein: 30.1g
  • Cholesterol: 275.5mg

Keywords: crispy breaded shrimp, panko shrimp

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