Coating is consistent. You can taste the batter. Not as crispy as I like.
I understand these are smaller shrimp, but much of the meat seems lost.
You can taste that these are processed foods. Sea Pak is usally pretty good. but not gourmet. Might work as an item in a fast food place.
Not the best, but not bad. Satisfies a craving. Easy to make. A nice alternative to chicken nuggets.
It sounds pretty appetizing, doesn't it, popcorn shrimp, as if you can pick up a handful and toss them in your mouth while enjoying your Netflix.
And, actually, you could.
The promise of "oven crispy" on the box is also inviting. Just about anything fried is sure to be good. But it can be messy, time-consuming, and eventually a little pricey. It is so much easy to put something in your preheated oven and take it out fifteen minutes later. And then to have them crunch as if they were fried.
That's basically the promise this company offers you.
Let us see how well they live up to it.
Cooking Made Simple
According to the directions on the box, you can fry the shrimp in 350 degree oil for 2-3 minutes, or bake them for 12 - 15 minutes at 450 degrees.
I have a toaster oven, which I use fairly regularly. I am sure you can use an air fryer as well - I am told that those devices don't really "fry" but use convection style heating similar to a toaster oven.
Just a Dab
of oil is what I use when I bake food in the oven - or cooking spray.
The hardest part about baking perhaps is that you have to turn the items over - sometimes more than once. Not a tremendous task, but you cannot just leave them there or they won't cook properly.
And even though it says 15 minutes, I usually end up doing close to 20. This helps them brown up a little more and obtain the desirable crust.
Did it work? Let's find out...
Well, I am eating these right now as I write this. They really are not that bad and given the fact they were easy to prepare is a plus. I wish I had some fries or a side of pilaf and a hush puppy or two to go with them.
Are they the best out there? Given that I actually have not tried other popcorn shrimps - I cannot say. Do they make a good snack or a side for a grilled steak? Sure. They would work.
Would they have been better fried?
Of course, everything is better when it is fried. I'm sure they would have cooked up nice and crunchy and that the taste would have improved immensely.
The most important question: Did you get your value for your money?
Yes, I think so. The official serving size is 15 pieces and you probably have five or six servings in every box (if not more) so yes, you get a good deal.
I think I will try them fried next time.
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Finn (author) from Barstow on October 11, 2020:
If you try these, let me know what you think. Lobster is pretty good. I have to figure out how to cook it though.
Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on October 11, 2020:
Thanks for this review of Sea Pak Popcorn Shrimp. Interesting and informative. I haven't tried frozen shrimp...I love lobster tails!