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Popeyes introduces new limited menu item: Wicked Shrimp

If you’ve tasted the chain’s popular spicy chicken sando or ghost pepper wings, it’s time to give the Wicked Shrimp a try.

Written by
Bao Ong

Popeyes is bringing on the heat. Apparently, the chain’s instant success with its spicy chicken sandwich has sparked a roll out of additional chili-spiked dishes. The company recently brought back its ghost pepper wings and in the latest reveal, participating restaurants are now selling a limited menu item: Wicked Shrimp.

While the popular chain may be best known for its fried chicken, there are plenty of fans that love all the other menu items—especially the seafood (here’s our ranking of all the sleeper hits).

The company won’t share the exact recipe, but the bite-sized Wicked Shrimp is marinated in an “authentic blend of herbs and spices,” including cayenne pepper and a few dashes of Sriracha. It’s then battered and fried until each crustacean is ensconced in a crispy coating. If the ghost pepper wings are any indication, however, don’t expect the Scoville scale to break.

Each order includes 14 pieces with one regular side, a biscuit and a Smoky Garlic Tartar sauce (it’s $5 at most locations). It’s also available to order through the Popeyes app for delivery if you’re not going to pick up an order in person. Maybe the next pro order at Popeyes is a surf-and-turf combo?

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