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

Julie Miguel is a digital content producer with a specialization in food media as well as an active food blogger located in Toronto, Canada. The focus of her blog, Daily Tiramisu, is to empower home cooks to be fearless in the kitchen and she does this by taking traditionally difficult recipes and making them easier to execute.

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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

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

  • Author: Julie
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 50 pieces 1x


  • Makes about 5055 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
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 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.
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins

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

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