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Crispy Shrimp Bowl

This Crispy Shrimp Bowl. THIS…is our new favorite way to indulge in a fun and delicious dinner!

Pan-fried crispy panko-breaded shrimp is combined with avocados, fresh crunchy veggies, then drizzled with Thai sweet chili sauce, which is actually sweet and not spicy. Served with white or brown rice!

Top down view of a bowl of Crispy Shrimp Bowl

Let’s discuss an important life topic here. Is it just me or is there something inherently fun and exciting about foods in bowls?

Think about ALL THE THINGS you can put into a bowl.

Pasta in a bowl. A bowl of soup. Rice bowl. Noodle bowl. Salad bowls. Smoothie bowl. A bowl of cereal. A bowl of popcorn.

And then there’s the possibility of mixing and matching ALL THE THINGS. I want some starch, and then some protein, and then some veggies. And don’t even get me started on sauces and garnishes. They are my lifeline. Put ’em all in a BOWL, mix or don’t mix them, and they will still look 101% Instagram and Pinterest worthy because bowls are photogenic like that.

Crispy Shrimp Bowl with avocado and sauce in the background

And then of course. There are those days when you want to throw food etiquette out the window, turn your nose up on proper table manners, and just eat on your couch with a bowl in your hand, just like you would holding a cup of warm drink. Munching your dinner away while you watch TV. Let’s be real and honest here – plates will not live up to that like a bowl would.

Have I convinced you in regards to this whole food in a bowl situation?

After note-worthy food bowl adventures such as this, this and this. We now have a new favorite – Crispy Shrimp Bowl. My love for food bowls continues…

What kind of shrimp to use for Crispy Shrimp Bowl?

Make sure you use raw shrimp (not cooked) for this recipe. I like to use tail-on, medium to large shrimp because it the “tail-on” gives me something to hold on to when I lower the shrimp into the hot oil.

Closeup of Crispy Shrimp Bowl with sauce in the background

How to make Crispy Panko Fried Shrimp?

There’s nothing like crunchy shrimp that is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Breading shrimp is a super simple task, and because shrimp takes only a few minutes to cook, the process is super quick and easy!

You will need three bowls for this. For the first bowl, crack an egg into it and beat up egg. Fill the second bowl with panko breadcrumbs, and fill the third bowl with flour, salt and pepper.

Defrost shrimp completely by bringing them out from the freezer to thaw to for a few hours. Avoid defrosting shrimp in the microwave because it can very easily cook the shrimp. Then pat dry shrimp to remove as much moisture as possible.

Dip into the flour mixture first, then the egg mixture, and then the panko mixture.

Uncooked breaded panko shrimp
Raw shrimp that are coated with flour, egg mixture and panko breadcrumbs

Heat up skillet (preferably non-stick) with half an inch of vegetable or canola oil on the surface of the skillet. Once oil is heated up, add shrimp to the skillet. If the oil is hot enough, when shrimp touches the oil, oil should bubble.

Shrimp doesn’t take more than a few minutes to cook. Once one side is cooked, flip shrimp, and cook the other side. When both sides are golden brown, remove from skillet. I like to bring it to a plate line with paper towel to remove access oil.

Avoid overcooking shrimp!

A plate of crispy fried panko shrimp
Cooked shrimp should be curled and slightly pinkish (see non-breaded part of shrimp, i.e. the tail).

How long to keep raw shrimp in the fridge?

Raw shrimp can only be kept in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. If needed freeze the shrimp until you need to cook it.

How long can you store leftovers from Crispy Shrimp Bowl?

Refrigerate leftover cooked shrimp and consume shrimp within 3-4 days. The other parts of the bowl – rice and vegetable, will probably last longer in the refrigerator.

To keep the crispiness, heat up shrimp in a toaster oven or oven.

Other yummies in the bowl

I love my Crispy Shrimp Bowl with lots of crunchy veggies, avocado and a legit sauce made out of lime juice + Thai Sweet Chili Sauce, which by the way, is not spicy, but sweet! You know I love sauces on my bowls and this is no exception, the sauce is an important part of this dish – don’t skip it!

You can add any other veggies to this bowl, although I highly recommend avocados because the combination of avocado + crispy shrimp is one that needs to be experienced widely because omg it is so good.

Crispy Shrimp Bowl with avocado and sauce in the background

I also like to use just no-cook veggies for this because…hello convenience! I need convenience in my life and this is a convenient yet delicious-eating kinda bowl, says me. 😉

So all that to say. I nuke shelled edamame in the microwave for ~20 seconds and added them. I also added sliced cucumbers, sliced avocados, and chopped cilantro to my Crunchy Shrimp Bowl, but here are other yummy veggie ideas to add to the bowl!

  • Shredded Carrots
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Corn
  • Shredded Cabbage
  • Bell Peppers

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Top down view of a bowl of Crispy Shrimp Bowl

Crispy Shrimp Bowl

Crispy Shrimp combined with avocado, crunchy veggies and white or brown rice to create a yummy and fun rice bowl! Drizzle with a sweet and tangy sauce (a must!). An easy and tasty seafood dinner!  
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 543kcal
Author: MinShien


  • 1 lbs raw peeled tail-on shrimp tail-on is optional
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 large egg or 2 if needed
  • 1 cup sliced cucumber
  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 3-4 cups cooked rice not uncooked
  • vegetable or canola oil


  • 1/2 cup Thai sweet Chili sauce
  • 1/2 lime juice


  • Pat dry defrosted raw shrimp (do not use cooked shrimp!). 
  • Prepare 3 bowls. Combine flour, salt and pepper in the first bowl. Whisk an egg (or two if needed) in the second bowl. Add panko breadcrumbs to the third bowl.
  • Dip shrimp into the flour mixture, then the egg mixture, then the panko breadcrumbs. Use fingers to press the panko breadcrumbs onto the shrimp. Repeat until all the shrimp are breaded.
  • Heat up a large skillet filled with half an inch of vegetable or canola oil. Once oil is hot, gently drop shrimp onto the skillet. Do not overlap shrimp or overcrowd the skillet. Do this two batches if necessary.
  • Flip shrimp over once one side is cooked and golden brown. Shrimp cooks fast, and should not need to be cooked for more than a couple of minutes on each side if the oil is hot. Shrimp should curl when cooked, and once it is golden brown, remove from heat to a plate lined with paper towel.
  • Microwave frozen edamame briefly (~20 seconds or so) if needed. Combine cooked rice, edamame, cucumber, crispy shrimp onto a bowl. Garnish with chopped cilantro.
  • To create sauce, combine Thai sweet chili sauce with some lime juice. Drizzle sauce onto shrimp and veggies.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Calories: 543kcal | Carbohydrates: 94g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 743mg | Potassium: 589mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 4mg
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Crispy Shrimp Bowl
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    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you Heidi!! It really is sooo yummy!! 😀