Feb 182011

This dish is one that you could always find in a Cajun restaurant, fried crawfish. Chef Paul Prudhomme came up with the name Cajun Popcorn. From there, it gained in popularity. It became so popular that when crawfish are not in season, small shrimp are substituted for the crawfish. You will find this dish on most Cajun restaurant menu’s. Cannon’s restaurant claims to have originated the Cajun Popcorn Salad, which is Cajun Popcorn Shrimp on top of a salad mix served with Honey Mustard dressing. This is another dish that has been copied often. Here is a recipe for this dish. The Honey Mustard Dressing will follow on Tuesday Feb 22.

Cajun Popcorn
2 well beaten eggs
1 ¼ cup Milk
½ cup Corn Flour
1 teaspoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Salt
½ Teaspoon Granulated Onion
½ Teaspoon Granulated Garlic
½ Teaspoon White Pepper
½ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
¼ Teaspoon Thyme
1/8 Teaspoon Basil
1/8 Teaspoon Black Pepper
32 ounces Baby Shrimp or Crawfish
Combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Add eggs and milk. Mix until a wet batter is formed.
Take 8 ounces of shrimp or crawfish and place it in the batter.
Mix until shrimp or crawfish is coated. Shake off excess batter before frying.
In a preheated 350 degrees fryer, drop shrimp or crawfish in oil. Try to drop them one at a time to prevent clumping.
This can be served as an appetizer or on top lettuce as a salad.
Serve with Honey Mustard Dressing for dipping.



I lived in New Orleans, since birth, until Hurricane Katrina. I now live in Arkansas with my wife and our spoiled-rotten dog. I have been cooking since I was 8. My first cookbook, You can't keep New Orleans out of the cook, is now available at publishamerica.net and most online bookstores. It is also available on Kindle and Nook.

  One Response to “Cajun Popcorn suggested by Genie Lawrence Goodrow”

  1. Man, I can already taste this over mixed greens. And I don’t have to wait til the 22nd for the Honey Mustard recipe. Paula taught me how to make that one too. I think a popcorn shrimp salad and eggplant sticks might be for dinner tomorrow. YUM!!!