Better Than Fried Shrimp

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


2-1/2 dozen

Updated: Oct. 25, 2023
This crispy shrimp is a healthier alternative to deep-fried varieties. Coating the shrimp with panko bread crumbs, spraying with cooking spray and then baking give this appetizer great taste without all the saturated fat and calories of deep frying. —Cher Schwartz, Ellisville, Missouri
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  • 1-1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon fat-free milk
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons seafood seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 30 uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Olive oil-flavored cooking spray


  1. Place bread crumbs in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine egg whites and milk. In a third shallow bowl, combine flour, seafood seasoning, salt and pepper. Dip shrimp in the flour mixture, egg mixture, then bread crumbs.
  2. Place shrimp on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; spritz shrimp with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 8-12 minutes or until shrimp turn pink and coating is golden brown, turning once.

Better Than Fried Shrimp Tips

How do you keep the batter from falling off shrimp?

To keep the batter from falling off shrimp, pat the shrimp dry before tossing with the flour. By coating the shrimp in flour and then dipping in egg whites, you create a sticky coating for the breadcrumbs to adhere to. So, don’t be tempted to skip the flour step!

What is panko made of?

Panko is a type of flaky bread crumb common in a lot of Asian cuisines. The process of making it produces a flat flake instead of the more granular bread crumb. It starts with a crustless white bread that is then crumbled and formed into flakes before being dried. It’s particularly popular for dishes where you want a really crunchy coating on.

Can you make fried shrimp in an air fryer?

You can easily adapt this recipe to cook the shrimp in an air fryer. Preheat your air fryer to 375° before adding the shrimp in a single layer. Cook 8-10 minutes or until the shrimp are fully cooked.

What goes with breaded panko shrimp?

Breaded panko shrimp goes well with a variety of store-bought sauces. If you feel a little adventurous, you can whip up green onion tartar sauce, chimichurri, honey mustard or a Utah favorite, fry sauce. Have fun and experiment! Research contributed by James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor, Culinary

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 28 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 86mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.