By far, one of the lamest party foods, in my books, is the basic shrimp cocktail ring.  When I see one sitting out at a party, I always wonder why someone would waste valuable table real-estate on such a bland and boring dish.  It wasn’t until during the last holiday season that I thought that there must be a way to improve the standard shrimp cocktail recipe to make it more appealing to cocktail party go-ers.
Bangin’ Shrimp & Waffles with Honey, Sriracha and Lime Syrup
I took it to the drawing board and here’s what I came up with: Fried shrimp and waffle with a Honey Sriracha Lime Dipping Sauce.  This one will definitely turn heads.  A crispy shrimp served upon a soft waffle with a perfect topping, a sweet and spicy “syrup”.  I don’t know anyone who would turn down this appetizer.

There you have it – an old, boring dish made new again.  The next time you feel the urge to pick up that shrimp ring at your local grocery store before a party, please consider making one of these re-invented shrimp cocktail recipes.  Your guests will thank you.
With Love,

Bangin’ Shrimp & Waffles with Honey, Sriracha and Lime Syrup
Bangin’ Shrimp & Waffles with Honey, Sriracha and Lime Syrup
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Serves: 50 pieces
  • Makes about 50-55 appetizers
  • 700g large raw shrimp, peeled, deveined tails removed
  • 2½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • ½ cup plain yellow cornmeal
  • 3½ tsp Old Bay Seasoning, divided
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1½ cup whole buttermilk
  • Canola oil for frying
  • 12 buttermilk or Belgian-style frozen waffles
  • Honey Sriracha Lime Syrup
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 Tbsp Sriracha sauce
  1. Toss the shrimp with ½ tsp Old Bay seasoning and set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cornmeal, 3 tsp seafood seasoning, garlic powder, and ground cumin and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 large eggs and 1½ cups whole buttermilk and set aside.
  4. Toss the seasoned shrimp with ⅓ cup of the seasoned flour-cornmeal breading.
  5. Prepare a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Dip each piece of shrimp in the buttermilk-egg wash.
  6. Toss in the seasoned flour-cornmeal breading shaking off any excess and lay in a single layer on the parchment-lined baking sheet.
  7. Heat 4 inches of oil in a dutch oven or heavy bottomed saucepan to 350°F.
  8. Fry the shrimp in batches for about 2-3 minutes (depending on the size of the shrimp) until golden and crispy. Adjust the heat periodically to maintain the temperature of the oil while frying.
  9. Prepare a paper towel-lined baking sheet.  Use a slotted spoon to remove the crispy golden shrimp to the paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain.  Repeat until all of the shrimp is fried.
  10. Toast your waffles until golden brown.  Cut each waffle into 2”x2” squares and use a cocktail pick to secure a shrimp to a waffle square.  Continue until all of the shrimp are secured to a waffle square.  You may have leftover shrimp.
  11. Prepare your syrup by mixing the sriracha, honey and lime juice in a bowl.  Whisk until incorporated and then funnel the syrup into a bottle or a bowl with a pour spout.
  12. Serve immediately with the honey, sriracha and lime syrup.

Bangin’ Shrimp & Waffles with Honey, Sriracha and Lime Syrup