Oven-Baked Popcorn Shrimp – Cooking with Kid Recipe

Oven Baked Popcorn Shrimp - by Little Spoons and Spice

Think about what you made for supper the last two weeks…  How many times was a recipe repeated?  I’m guilty. We’re creatures of habit after all.  When we get home after a long day, the last thing we want is to prep a completely new recipe, right?

It’s time to mix it up and plan ahead, just a little bit. Get the kids involved when there’s a little extra time …start prepping some foods on the weekend 🙂

These little shrimp were a success at dinner tonight and we were barely in the kitchen… because we made them this past weekend. That’s when we seem to have the most time to cook with our kiddos. So any recipe we can prep ahead and freeze is a definite win.

Sometimes Friday seems so far away….So. Far. Away.  Lightly-breaded shrimp might be the mid-week victory you need to get you through. A win is a win, right?  And reminding the kids that they helped make dinner, will surely keep smiles wide as they pop ‘em in their little mouths.

OK, let’s start prepping.  Here’s a list of supplies you’ll need:

Oven Baked Popcorn Shrimp - by Little Spoons and Spice

Step 1: flour, Step 2: egg mixture Step 3: panko mix

Oven Baked Popcorn Shrimp - by Little Spoons and Spice

Step 1: flour, Step 2: egg mixture Step 3: panko mix


Every child’s ability varies depending on maturity or cognitive and physical ability.  Parents need to use their own discretion when assigning tasks.  These are general guidelines for the Oven-Baked Popcorn Shrimp.

18 months – 3 years old

  • Name and count ingredients with child
  • Dry shrimp with paper towel
  • Add ingredients to bowls (except egg)
  • Stir panko crumbs and seasoning together
  • Toss and coat shrimp pieces into flour mixture

3 – 5 years old

  • All of the younger tasks
  • Measure and count ingredients
  • Toss and coat shrimp with panko crumb mixture
  • Set breaded shrimp onto lined cookie sheet

6 – 7 years old

  • All of the younger tasks
  • Crack egg into bowl
  • Beat egg with a whisk or fork
  • Toss and coat cut cheese pieces into egg mixture using fork

8 – 12 years old

  • All of the younger tasks


  • Wash everyone’s hands!
  • Clean all work surfaces before starting.
  • Leave tasting until the end. Your child might not understand the difference between a ready-to-eat ingredient and a raw unsafe ingredient.
  • It is okay for your kitchen to get a little messy.
  • Keep in mind that your child is learning, so patience is key!


Oven Baked Popcorn Shrimp - by Little Spoons and Spice
Print Recipe
4 from 1 vote

Oven Baked Popcorn Shrimp

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Servings: 10 servings (10 pieces per serving)
Calories: 116kcal
Author: Stacey Weichelt, RDN, CD


  • 12 oz extra small shrimp cooked, thawed
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • cup panko crumbs
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • Nonstick spray


  • Place thawed shrimp on paper towel to remove any excess water.
  • Preheat oven to 375℉.
  • You will need 3 bowls or shallow plates. In the first bowl, add flour. In the second bowl, add egg and water and beat together. In third bowl, combine panko crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder and basil.
  • Time to add the breading. Place a few shrimp in flour mixture and coat by gently tossing in the flour. Next, take the flour covered shrimp and dip into the egg mixture to evenly coat. Finally, take the egg and flour covered shrimp and roll in the panko crumbs to create a nice bread coating. Repeat this step until all shrimp are coated.
  • Place shrimp on a lined and greased baking sheet. Bake at 375℉ for 20-25 minutes. Serve immediately.


Freezing shrimp: Place coated shrimp in airtight container with parchment paper between each layer. Do not bake until you are ready to eat. When you are ready to serve the shrimp, place frozen shrimp on lined cookie sheet and bake at 375℉ for 25-30 minutes or 20-25 minutes if thawed.



  1. 4 stars
    Just made this last night and everyone from my parents to my toddler and preschooler liked it! I was pretty nervous since my experience with shrimp was pretty much limited to sauteing it, but everything was so easy to do. I love that this is a recipe that my kids and I are able to do together.

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