Salt and Pepper Shrimp Recipe

Salt and Pepper Shrimp - Popcorn Shrimp

Salt and Pepper Shrimp is a favorite dish found at many western Chinese restaurants. It’s quick, crunchy and delicious, a perfect appetizer! An Asian Popcorn Shrimp that's easy to eat. Salt and Pepper Shrimp No Shell Recipe

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Keyword Salt and Pepper Shrimp
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Peter's Food Adventures


  • ½ kg or 1lb shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup oil for deep frying
  • 1/2 cup potato flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon White pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 1 red chilli pepper finely sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • salt and pepper


  1. Heat oil in a wok or a deep fryer on high heat.
  2. Mix together potato flour, white and black pepper and salt in a plate or small bowl. Lightly toss 10 shrimp at a time in the potato flour mixture, shaking off any excess. Cook the shrimp carefully in the hot oil, until it's pink in colour (about 3-5 minutes). Remove and allow to drain on paper towel on a plate. Repeat until all shrimp is fried. *Optional - keep the shrimp on a baking tray in the oven to keep warm in between cooking batches.
  3. Put about 1-2 tablespoons oil in a wok over medium high heat. Flash fry green onion, red chilli peppers, and garlic cloves for no more than 2 minutes. Add the shrimp into the onion mixture and mix together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.