Spicy Cajun Crispy Shrimp

If you scroll through my recipe archives, you’ll notice a trend. I love fresh Florida seafood and lots of it! I usually top salads with garlic shrimp or add shrimp to a spicy pasta dish. I love cooking with the flavors of the Caribbean or Latin America too, but I have actually never used cornmeal before to add a bit of crunch to my dishes. I knew when I saw P.A.N. Cornmeal that it would be the perfect addition to our spicy cajun shrimp dish.

Spicy Cajun Crispy Shrimp

I had no idea what I was missing before discovering P.A.N. Cornmeal! It’s a pantry staple that is already in most Venezuelan homes, and it’s making its debut in the United States. If you’re into experimenting with your food or love to test new food trends, add P.A.N. Cornmeal to your shopping list. P.A.N. Cornmeal is the number one cornmeal in South America, and it offers versatility to your dishes. I knew that it would be perfectly paired with shrimp, so my husband turned on the fryer and got to work! I made a sweet citrus dip for this spicy appetizer, and the flavor combination was perfectly paired!

Cornmeal Shrimp

To get started, we used a beer batter mix to coat the shrimp with. We then dipped it into the cornmeal before frying. In just a few minutes, these shrimp were ready to serve. It’s a fast and flavorful appetizer that is perfect for your next party.

Crispy Shrimp
Spicy Cajun Crispy Shrimp

Spicy Cajun Crispy Shrimp

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

A delicious way to fry shrimp!


  • 1 pound of peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1 package of beer batter
  • 1 cup of P.A.N. cornmeal
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp Old Bay
  • 1/2 cup of orange marmalade
  • 1/4 cup olive oil mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp cajun seasoning


  1. Prepare beer batter according to package instructions.
  2. Dip 1 pound of raw peeled and deveined shrimp in batter to coat.
  3. Dip in the cornmeal, cajun seasoning, and Old Bay to fully cover.
  4. In a skillet, cook the shrimp in 2 tbsp of canola oil until golden and crisp. Or, you can use a fryer.
  5. Prepare the citrus dip by combining all ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 442Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 244mgSodium: 1988mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 3gSugar: 24gProtein: 29g

The nutritional information here is an estimate. While I try to provide accurate information via Nutritionix, this information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that it will be completely accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any information sunnysweetdays.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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Crispy Shrimp

The citrus dip uses orange marmalade that makes the spicy shrimp sizzle. In fact, my husband said this dip reminded him of his favorite crab dip at a local restaurant. We are totally convinced that orange marmalade is the secret ingredient!

Crispy Shrimp

How do you cook with cornmeal? Need another fast dinner idea? Try this Manwich Sloppy Joe Quesadilla.

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