Review: Spicy Garlic Butterfly Shrimp from Popeyes
I haven’t quite been myself lately. Popeyes came out with Wild Pepper Tenderloins and I slept through its release. Thankfully, Popeyes has a consistent and steady stream of new LTO’s throughout the year and the latest is new Spicy Garlic Butterfly Shrimp. I had this tasty box of greasy grub for lunch today and it feels good to get back to my old self again. Time to review…
Popeyes new Spicy Garlic Butterfly Shrimp is marinated in Louisiana seasonings with a combination of fried onions, garlic and cayenne. For $4.99 you get 8 shrimp, plus a Buttermilk Biscuit, a side (I chose fries), and new Dill Tartar Dipping Sauce. I actually had 9 shrimp in my box which is not an unusual experience for me at Popeyes.
Throwing in an extra shrimp in my box is my way of calling it even for having to pluck off all the shrimp tails that I wouldn’t be eating. I’m no stranger to shrimp at Popeyes…
- Butterfly Shrimp Tackle Box Review from 2009 – 8.75/10
- Zatarain’s Butterfly Shrimp Review from 2012 – 9.25/10
- Cracked Pepper Butterfly Shrimp Review from 2014 – 9.00/10
- Buttermilk Biscuit Butterfly Shrimp Review from 2014 – 8.25/10
- Hushpuppy Butterfly Shrimp Review from 2015 – 9.00/10
Now there’s a great example of fast food consistency. Time and time again, Popeyes will tweak the shrimp batter and seasoning while adding a new dipping sauce to complement the flavors and keep the $4.99 price tag. It’s no mystery that this pattern is working for Popeyes and it definitely works for me. If you want to play the odds, new Spicy Garlic Butterfly Shrimp is likely going to be another winner.
Yes, new Spicy Garlic Butterfly Shrimp is another winner in my book, but it’s still the weakest entry in the shrimp lineup that I’ve had so far. For the major positives, it’s the same great value… lots of food, a combo without a drink for about 5 bucks. I found the shrimp to be meaty enough to be filling after 8 of them, or 9 for my personal experience. The crust of the shrimp was thick and crunchy, but never too much to take away from the meat of the shrimp. The amount of spiciness was somewhere in between mild and medium and it was enough to be worthy of being called spicy. Plenty of flavor, yup, it’s got that too, but mostly salt, cayenne and a some onion. Even though there’s plenty of flavor, I found the garlic to be far too muted to be a selling point. Back in June of this year when Popeyes released the AMAZING Smoky Garlic Chile Chicken, I really felt they nailed the garlic flavor so it’s a little disappointing the same didn’t happen with this new shrimp. It’s one of those issues where the garlic smell is there, but the flavor doesn’t hit your tongue instantly so it might be a marinade issue.
The new Dill Tartar Sauce is a nice cooling contrast to balance the kick of the cayenne pepper. It works well with the entrée and all, it’s just that the lack of garlic flavor found in the shrimp could have been remedied in the sauce. Even though the stellar Smoky Garlic Chile Chicken had a great garlicky flavor, its dipping sauce (Garlic Herb) still infused more garlic and it wasn’t a problem whatsoever. Adding some garlic to the Dill Tartar Sauce to make it a Garlic Dill Tartar Sauce would have helped things in this area.
I’m still not sure why Popeyes labels its shrimp with “Butterfly” considering it’s rare that I ever find one of the shrimp with the appearance it has the spread butterfly cut I’m used to. Whatever the case, it’s fried shrimp and Popeyes does a great job with coming out with new seasoning flavors and complementing sauces. Spicy Garlic Butterfly Shrimp was too light on garlic to really wow me like some other offerings in the past. It’s still a pretty good meal, just not going to be a memorable LTO for me. Spicy Garlic Butterfly Shrimp is in restaurants now through November 29th.
Pros: Plenty of food, strong value. Kick of cayenne.
Cons: Garlic flavor missed its mark. Dipping sauce was effective, but sort of boring. Lack of nutrition info on the Popeyes website.
Overall GrubGrade: 7.25/10
More Info: popeyes.com