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healthy popcorn shrimp recipe with whole wheat panko crumbs

Healthy Popcorn Shrimp

Crispy baked popcorn shrimp are a healthy alternative to traditional popcorn shrimp.  Quick and easy to make, these whole wheat panko crusted shrimp are a great party appetizer or a fun weeknight dinner.

healthy popcorn shrimp with pineapple pepper confetti salsa

Healthier popcorn shrimp

Why are these crunchy and flavorful popcorn shrimp healthier?  First, they are baked and not fried. 

Only two tablespoons of olive oil are needed to make these crispy shrimp instead of the normal 6 + cups of oil needed for deep frying. 

Also, instead of using plain breadcrumbs, these shrimp get their crunchy texture from whole wheat panko crumbs. 

The panko crumbs add a delicious crunch and substituting whole grains for refined grains is always a good idea.

Quick and Easy Healthy Popcorn Shrimp Recipe

These whole wheat panko crusted shrimp are a delicious, healthier appetizer for a party. 

I like to serve them with Pineapple Pepper Confetti Salsa.  The sweet and savory combination of the salsa pairs nicely with the crunchy baked popcorn shrimp.

healthy popcorn shrimp recipe with whole wheat panko crumbs

Healthy Popcorn Shrimp

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Crispy and delicious, these healthy popcorn shrimp make an excellent party appetizer or quick weeknight meal.


  • 1 pound medium shrimp (40-50 shrimp per pound), peeled and deveined
  • 1.5 cup whole wheat panko crumbs
  • 1.5 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, separated
  • 2 eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  3. Combine spices, panko crumbs and olive oil in a medium size shallow bowl
  4. Beat the eggs in a medium size shallow bowl
  5. Working with 6 to 8 shrimp at a time, dip them in the egg and then coat with the panko crumb mixture
  6. Place the breaded shrimp on prepared baking sheet
  7. Bake in oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until panko crumbs are golden brown and shrimp are cooked through
  8. Serve immediately with Pineapple Pepper Confetti Salsa
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 271

Whole wheat panko crumbs

Whole wheat panko crumbs are a staple in our house.  However, they can be hard to locate, even at specialty grocery stores.  I purchase whole wheat panko crumbs online (buy the case… they are a staple). 

A quick and easy substitute to whole wheat panko crumbs can be made by in a food processor with just Triscuit crackers.

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baked healthy popcorn shrimp whole wheat panko crumbs


  1. These popcorn shrimp sound delicious! I love that they are healthier so I can feel better about giving them to my kids!

  2. İ love this! it seems simple to make yet delicious. Great as finger food as well. thank you for the idea.

  3. This looks easy and delicious. Panko is my favorite breadcrumb, it always comes out so crispy. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!

  4. I love Panko, and just saw the whole wheat kind in the grocery store the other day. I’m going to have to give them a try, and will definitely be making this recipe

  5. That is why I have been getting wholewheat panko crumbs lately instead of regular breadcrumbs, it really turns crispy food into healthier bites together with the baking instead of frying food technique. I know I would go crazy for your popcorn shrimp bites, I LOVE shrimps!

  6. This looks amazing! I love that you only have to use 2 Tablespoons of oil and that these are baked and not fried! I can’t wait to try these!!

    • Thank you Amanda! These baked popcorn shrimp definitely use a LOT less oil than the original version! I hope you enjoy them!

  7. Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen

    I love keeping whole wheat panko on hand for dishes like this. You can’t beat that crunch! I bet the Pineapple Pepper Confetti Salsa goes SO perfectly with this shrimp -YUM!

  8. Oh love the idea of using whole wheat breadcrumbs. These Shrimps would make a perfect appetizer for a party. Yum!

  9. I love shrimp. This looks so delicious

  10. Jessica Robinson

    These look beyond tasty!! Love popcorn shrimp. They would be perfect for any gathering!

  11. What a great appetizer…and in fact I could make a meal of these tasty bites. Love the fact they are baked not fried. Since they are healthy I can eat more right?

  12. I love that these are baked! They look so tasty and are healthier than how popcorn shrimp is usually made. Can’t wait to try them!

  13. Jessica Robinson

    It’s like having my cake and eating it too! Ooohhh, these look amazing! Perfect for New Year’s Eve!

  14. Deanna Segrave-Daly

    If it’s a shrimp recipe, I’m probably making it. Love whole wheat panko!

  15. Brynn at The Domestic Dietitian

    I LOVE the idea! Popcorn shrimp is a favorite at our house and love the idea of using whole wheat panic instead of regular breadcrumbs.

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