Leftover Fried Shrimp Have you noticed nowadays how big the children’s portions are on restaurant menus? Talk about super size. One good thing is there’s bound to be leftovers. Such was this case from one of my friend’s little girl’s fried shrimp plate. When I asked if she was going to take them home, she said, “no, no one would eat reheated fried shrimp in my house.” I tried to tell her cold fried shrimp are perfect in a salad, but she wasn’t going for it, so she said, “you take them if you think you could do something with them.” I’m always up for a leftover challenge and I never like to leave anything on the table, so a dozen fried shrimp came home with me.

This recipe was inspired by the fact it’s Super Bowl weekend. I am always more about the food than the game…unless my team is playing, of course…which only happened once, so it’s always the food (and I’m a sucker for any animal commercials!) One of my favorite Super Bowl snacks is Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers, and I figured adding fried shrimp couldn’t hurt anything, right?  So, I used the same tempura style batter as my Lemonade Chicken and added all the goodness from a popper-jalapenos, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese with the shrimp.

Fried SHrimp Jalapeno Popper


Leftover Fried Shrimp Poppers
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Leftover Fried Shrimp Poppers


  • 12 cold leftover fried shrimp, tailless
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup oil (vegetable, corn, canola)
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 12 jalapeno pepper rings


  1. Preheat oven to 475*
  2. In a mixing bowl, sift flour and baking powder together. Stir in oil.
  3. Slowly stir in 1/2 cup cold water until batter resembles a thick pancake batter. (May need a little more or less, so add a little at a time.) Set aside for 15 minutes.
  4. In another bowl, blend together cheeses and Worcestershire sauce.
  5. Spray each well of mini muffin tin with non-stick spray.
  6. Add 1 TBSP of batter to each well. Top with 1 tsp of cheese mixture, jalapeno pepper ring, and a fried shrimp on top. Gently press down to cover cheese.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Put your TO COOK IS TO CREATE thinking cap on: What else could you add to these jalapeno bites? How about some corn? Red peppers? Dab of chili sauce? How about bacon and blue cheese? No leftover fried shrimp? Chicken nuggets would work, too!

FOOD FUN: Yes, it’s not just me, obviously it is all about the food! In the latest edition of Rachael Ray Every Day magazine were the results of a survey of 1,000 readers. The question, “What are you most excited about for game day?”  The results–36% food, 33% commercials, 20% game, 11% halftime show. Where do you fit in?

Check out some of my past Super Bowl favorite snacks:

Enchilada Meatballs Enchilada Meatballs Buffalo Chicken Chip and Dip Bites Buffalo Chicken Chip and Dip Balls  0125151123c~2Smoky Sweet Rib Bites


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