Captain Crunch and Cornmeal Shrimp


Tried to make coconut shrimp only to find out I had no coconut. This quickly thrown together hodgepodge of three recipes turned out to be a winner. Super sweet by itself, but even better with the marmalade dipping sauce. My 2- and 6-year-old were big fans, too!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
24 shrimp


  • cup beer

  • ½ cup masa flour

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar (Optional)

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 ½ cups sweetened corn-based cereal (such as Cap'N Crunch®), crushed

  • ½ cup cornmeal

  • 24 shrimp

  • 3 cups oil for frying

Dipping Sauce:

  • ½ cup marmalade

  • 2 tablespoons deli-style Dijon mustard


  1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.

  2. Whisk beer, masa flour, egg, sugar, and baking powder together in a bowl until beer batter is smooth. Place crushed cereal in a shallow bowl and cornmeal in a third shallow bowl.

  3. Dredge shrimp through cornmeal, holding shrimp by the tail; shake off excess cornmeal. Dip shrimp in beer batter, allowing excess to drip back into batter. Roll shrimp in the crushed cereal until evenly coated. Arrange coated shrimp on the prepared baking sheet and freeze for 15 minutes.

  4. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  5. Working in batches, fry shrimp in the hot oil, turning once, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer cooked shrimp to a paper towel-lined plate using tongs.

  6. Stir marmalade and mustard together in a bowl until sauce is smooth. Serve cooked shrimp alongside dipping sauce.

Cook's Notes:

I think this would work with flour instead of the cornmeal and masa flour.

I used pre-cooked shrimp and only needed 45 seconds on each side to get them crispy.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the breading ingredients. The actual amount of the breading consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

329 Calories
13g Fat
46g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 329
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 365mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 105mg 8%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 120mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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