How to make Popplers from Futurama |

Name: Popplers

Inspired by: Futurama

"Where they come from, no one knows!" - Pop a Poppler jingle

Chef's Note

The person who requested this recipe suggested "duck or chicken or preferably quail nuggets with MSG", but they honestly look like popcorn shrimp to me. Fry and Bender also mention they look like fried shrimp or prawns, and the fact that they're sold at Fishy Joe's also seems to imply they're a fishy food (in more ways than one!).

In the end, I decided to go with a popcorn shrimp recipe similar to that served at Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen. The result looks similar - plus, the Popplers jingle sounds like a spinoff of the Popeye the Sailor Man theme song! If you'd rather not have shrimp, simply substitute with bite-sized chicken (or duck or quail) pieces.


Making Popplers

You will need:

  • 1/2 lb. shrimp, peeled and devined
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 3 eggs
  • Candy eyes
  • Oil, for frying
  • Honey, to help stick on the eyes (optional)


  1. Remove the shrimp tails.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet (to approximately 375 degrees F or 190 degrees C).
  5. Dip each shrimp in the eggs, then the flour mixture. If needed, you can set the breaded shrimp aside on a non-stick surface, like parchment paper. (You can also alternate dipping in flour, then eggs, then flour or panko again to fully coat.)
  6. Fry shrimp until dark golden brown. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels
  7. Allow to cool slightly before putting candy eyes on each shrimp. They won't stick well on their own, so you may need to carefully use some honey to help them adhere.

Making the Honey Mustard Sauce

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper, as desired


  1. Combine all ingredients. The sauce should last in the refrigerator for about a week.

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How to make Popplers from Futurama |

How to make Popplers from Futurama |