Review: Cracked Pepper Butterfly Shrimp from Popeyes
There are some fast food places that are just so consistently good that I can almost guarantee my satisfaction. Popeyes rarely lets me down and on this day I’m happy to say I’ve got another smile on my face. I just tried the new Cracked Pepper Butterfly Shrimp combo box and it reminded me that a great $5 fast food meal still exists.
Popeyes new Cracked Peppercorn Butterfly Shrimp is described like this:
Our premium, juicy, butterfly shrimp marinated in Louisiana seasonings cooked with a light and crispy sea salt and cracked pepper crust, served with regular fries and a biscuit
The combo box is priced at $4.99 and comes with 8 Butterfly Shrimp, fries, a biscuit, and Blackened Tartar Dipping Sauce. When you think of all the “premium” fast food sandwiches being released these days around the 5-dollar mark, you’ll come to really appreciate how much food Popeyes stuffs into the combo box.
I reviewed Popeyes original Butterfly Shrimp Tackle Box over 5 years ago and in 2012 I covered Zatarain’s Butterfly Shrimp. Both products earned high marks with me and Cracked Pepper Butterfly Shrimp is right up there with them. I’ll put the Cracked Pepper style a slightly above the original and slightly below Zatarain’s. The reason why Cracked Pepper Butterfly Shrimp doesn’t quite reach Zatarain’s is the seasoned crust not having quite the same punch of flavor. Because the cracked peppercorn seasoning is applied too lightly to the breading to be a true standout, it wouldn’t be able to stand alone without dipping sauce as well as Zatarain’s. With that said, the crust on the shrimp still has a great crunchy texture that stays delicate enough to complement the meaty shrimp.
Popeyes really knocks it out of the park with their dipping sauces and Blackened Tartar Sauce is another one to add to the stellar list. This sauce complemented the shrimp really well and one dunk coats the shrimp perfectly. It’s thick and creamy with spicy Cajun flavor hints of paprika, garlic, onion and vinegar. Blackened Tartar Sauce is perfect for fried seafood like Cracked Peppercorn Butterfly Shrimp, but I think it’s good enough to go well with anything at Popeyes.
This combo box hit the spot with the accompaniment of Popeyes Cajun fries and buttermilk biscuit. The value is solid if you can avoid paying nearly 2 bucks extra for the added drink. Cracked Pepper Butterfly Shrimp doesn’t have a lot of room for improvement because it does most everything right. There was some minor disappointment that there wasn’t more noticeable impact from the peppercorn crust on the shrimp, but all was forgiven once Blackened Tartar Sauce entered the picture.
Pros: Great value for a combo. Meaty shrimp with excellent breading texture. Blackened Tartar Sauce.
Cons: Cracked peppercorn seasoned crust didn’t stand out enough. Closing in on 1000 calories for lunch.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.25/10
Price: $4.99 for the combo box with fries and biscuit
Overall GrubGrade: 9.00/10
More Info: http://www.popeyes.com
Not available, but as compared to the original Butterfly Shrimp + reg fries + biscuit + comparable dipping sauces you're looking at about 950 calories, 50 grams of fat, 19 grams of protein.