Firecracker Shrimp Recipe

Tuesday, July 6, 2010
This fiery Firecracker style buffalo drizzled shrimp recipe is a hot sauce lover's addiction, fried shrimp with a favorite hot sauce and dipped in a homemade dipping sauce of your choice if you want to cool it down a tad.

We love hot sauce, I usually use Frank's, however, we also like these fried and dipped in a yum yum sauce, so you have the best of both worlds here for a recipe.

In the recipe card below you will find the coating recipe for the shrimp and both recipes for the hot sauce and Japanese style yum yum sauces we like.

If you're not into a fiery heat drizzle just leave it off the shrimp fried alone is like eating popcorn and addictingly delicious!

Scroll down to the printable recipe card to get these easy recipes.

Appetizer or Snack

If you love appetizers, these will have to be added to your menu, we just love hot wings and anything that has a little heat and spicy foods.

These are seafood lovers' snacks for any nighttime snack and perfect for game day finger foods especially when you're hosting a party.

Easy to make in no time and they taste great even reheated in an air fryer or toaster oven.


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Buffalo Shrimp Firecracker Style

These spicy little shrimp are like popcorn, you just can't stop at one and will make any seafood lover or chicken wing hot sauce lover very very happy.

We love this fried shrimp and our favorite way to serve them is with our homemade blue cheese dressing to dip them in but don't forget to try our yum yum sauce recipe if you love a sweet mayo based Japanese style dipping sauce.

Let use know how you like the recipe in the comments.

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American, Japanese
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Firecracker Shrimp Recipe

Firecracker Shrimp

Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 4 MinTotal time: 19 Min
This is a batter-coated shrimp fried then drizzled with a buttery hot sauce. Your choice of dipping sauce blue cheese or ranch. We also like a yum yum sauce.


  • 24 large shrimp cleaned, no tails on and water squeezed out if frozen
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Beat the egg and milk together in a bowl  then add the cleaned shrimp and set aside
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Add flour, corn starch, and seasoning to a plastic bag 
  • Note: each shrimp will be rolled and coated with this mixture then fried in heated oil see instructions below


  1. In a large frypan heat about 1 inch of oil on medium-high heat till hot.
  2. Add a few shrimp to the flour mixture to coat then fry until golden brown. turning once for approximately 2 minutes on each side ( do not overcook shrimp)
  3. Serve with hot sauce and/or dipping sauce of choice.
  4. Firecracker Sauce:
  5. 1/2 cup of favorite hot sauce, (I use Franks hot sauce)
  6. 4 tablespoons melted butter
  7. Mix together pour over shrimp.
  8. Add blue cheese or ranch dressing on the side.
  9. Yum Yum Sauce:
  10. 1 cup quality mayonnaise 
  11. 1 tablespoon ketchup 
  12. 1 tablespoon melted butter 
  13. 1 tablespoon mirin 
  14. 2 teaspoons rice vinegar 
  15. 1/4 teaspoon paprika 
  16. 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  17.  3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  18.  1 tablespoon granulated sugar 
  19. 1-2 tablespoons water, or until desired consistency is reached
  20.  optional: a few splashes of hot sauce or cayenne pepper for a touch of heat optional: 
  21. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, cover, and chill for at least 2 hours before serving. 
  22. Store in a mason jar for up to a week.

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  1. I'm positive we would love these - especially with the Franks!

  2. Claudia, these fried shrimp look great..I am thinking to enjoy it with some Remoulade!

  3. I'm with your husband. I probably would be eating them as fast as you could make them.

  4. oh,claudia,have mercy...looks divine!

  5. It's like having fireworks in your mouth!

    Bon appetit!

  6. firecracker is right - whoowhee....

  7. I would be totally addicted to these!

  8. Popcorn chicken wow adore the color and this is a hot post! Hope my stomach will survive to the sauce ;)



  9. Okay, these look a little too good! And I'm jealous, as I just don't have access to good shrimp lately being on the gulf. I'm bookmarking this though-yum!

  10. Looks delicious! Shrimp go so fast in my family, I sometimes only get a quick bite! I'm sure everyone would go for this recipe. Thanks for sharing :)

  11. That's such a lovely name. I love it, especially with the spicy sauce thought I will also eat as I fry them :P

  12. Hi, Recipes with shrimp is my favorite...
    Thanks for the beautiful post!

  13. Oh, these do look good! We don't do much fried food these days, but I could see slipping a batch of these in!

  14. Fried shrimp really are addictive, aren't they? I prefer them 'naked' as you say (sprinkled with some salt and freshly squeezed lemon juice) but I'm sure they're delicious with hot sauce as well.

  15. Wow these look & sound so good and perfect! I love the hot sauce too, of course :)

  16. Perfect for tonight! I just pulled out shrimp for dinner. Yum!

  17. Perfect for tonight! I just pulled out shrimp for dinner. Yum!

  18. Wow these look great. I just printed the recipe and will give it a go tonight!

  19. YUM! My boys will go crazy over these... especially the oldest, he puts Frank's Hot Sauce on everything!

  20. These look really good, think I can bake them instead?

  21. Mmmm, you know I love anything with hot sauce! These look so yummy!

  22. Definitelya fun version of fra diavolo. I could eat these all days, washing them down with something ... mildly alcoholic.

  23. I guess shrimp was a weekend food, I made them too on skewers! I love shrimp and these look fab!

  24. I love shrimp and that sauce looks so good!

  25. Fried shrimps or baked shrimps or grilled shrimps, they're always so good! and those have a beautiful spicy twist, perfect for such a festivity!

  26. Your firecracker shrimp look wonderful! i can see how they could disappear very quickly.

  27. Wow Again! Thank You for this recipe. I made it last night here is my post

  28. I can't get these shrimp out of my mind. I read the recipe this morning early around 6:30 AM. Now I won't rest until I have them.

  29. I can't get these shrimp out of my mind. I read the recipe this morning early around 6:30 AM. Now I won't rest until I have them.

  30. Those crispy shrimp look really delicious! I could eat them just as is - not too crazy about hot sauce. But they sure are appropriate for the 4th!

  31. Now this is that kind of firecracker!

  32. Love these little guys, a great snack or side:)


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