Review: Zatarain’s Butterfly Shrimp from Popeyes
Popeyes gets a lot of love here at GrubGrade. Just take a look at our Review Rundown and you’ll see a bunch of Popeyes menu items gracing the upper portion of the list. Among the biggest winners are Dip’n Chick’n, which was graded a 9.00/10 (mmm, Blackened Ranch Dipping Sauce…), Rip’n Chick’n received a 9.00/10 (crazy looking, but tasty), and Wicked Chicken also claimed a very strong 9.00/10 (who doesn’t love a mini bottle of Tabasco?). While the chicken is sure to get lots of love, the seafood also is impressive at Popeyes and Zatarain’s Butterfly Shrimp is just the latest to win my affection.
Popeyes describes their new Zatarain’s Butterfly Shrimp like this:
Zatarain’s zesty New Orleans seasoning and Popeyes’ authentic Louisiana cooking come together with Popeyes Zatarain’s Butterfly Shrimp!
In 2009 I did a review of Popeyes Butterfly Shrimp and gave it a solid 8.75/10 GrubGrade score. With the new Zatarain’s Butterfly Shrimp, you’ve got most of the same, but with a couple of welcomed improvements to bump the score to officially be my favorite and highest reviewed menu item at Popeyes.
As is obvious by the name, Popeyes teamed up with New Orlean’s based food and spice company Zatarain’s to give the already tasty Popeyes Butterfly Shrimp a new zesty flavor that should have most shrimp lovers hooked. Everything about the shrimp remains the same except for the seasoning of the cornmeal breading which gets an added kick of flavors from Zatarain’s. What you get from the Zatarain’s seasoning is a peppery blend with hints of onion/garlic and above all a tangy punch of lemon. Everything is coated evenly and the crust really hugs the shrimp nicely. Also a new addition to accompany the shrimp is Lemon Garlic dipping sauce, which I now want to dip everything in (try it with your Cajun fries). It was great to have a dipping sauce that wasn’t another ranch variant or boring cocktail sauce. The Lemon Garlic sauce complemented everything that flavored the shrimp breading and raises the bar in terms of dipping sauce.
Like I mentioned earlier, there is a lot of the same with this box of grub that you’re used to from Popeyes combo boxes… and that’s not a bad thing. For $4.99 you get a complete meal of 8 Zatarain’s Butterfly Shrimp, a heap of Cajun battered fries and a buttermilk biscuit. Popeyes is smart to promote their combo meals without a drink to keep the price range normally in the $3.99-$4.99 area. If you do grab a drink, (Peach Sweet Iced Tea is legit btw), you’re looking at a hefty upcharge and your fairly priced $4.99 filling box of deliciousness will turn into around 7 bucks in a flash. Just a word of warning.
No drumroll and surprise on this one. Zatarain’s Butterfly Shrimp is awesome and a welcomed addition to the Popeyes menu. Although only available for a limited time, I hope that the partnership of Zatarain’s and Popeyes brings forth a bevy of new tasty concoctions to keep me happy. I was already a fan of the regular Butterfly Shrimp box at Popeyes and with the Zatarain’s version, it will be hard to go back. Here’s hoping this becomes the new standard.
Pros: Zatarain's seasoning. Amazing Lemon Garlic dipping sauce... dip everything in it! Filling meal for a fair $4.99.
Cons: Shrimp tails. The price of drinks.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Price: $4.99 for the combo box with Cajun fries and a buttermilk biscuit
Overall GrubGrade: 9.25/10
More Info: Popeyes.com
Not available, but this greasy box of grub can't be good for you. 7-mile run at least and all is forgiven.