Copycat Applebee’s Peppercorn and Garlic Shrimp

Only one thing is going to happen when you put a plate of a copycat Applebee’s Peppercorn and Garlic shrimp in front of me. They are going to disappear so fast you’re head will spin. The coating is amazing. The perfect crunch. With a hint of garlic. And the batter is the best kind, the kind that sticks. No one wants batter holes. You know what I mean. Missing batter. That’s not good.
Copycat Applebee's Peppercorn and Garlic Shrimp

Although I have a big fryer for when I’m cooking for more than two people at a time, or am frying something large like fish fillets, my preferred fryer is a Presto FryDaddy. The FryDaddy is perfect for making a batch of copycat Applebee’s Peppercorn and Garlic shrimp. The shrimp cook up perfectly in no time. The FryDaddy also doesn’t use much oil so I’m not being as wasteful as when I use my big fryer.

For a little kick, mix in a good pinch or two or more of cayenne pepper into the breading before coating the shrimp.

Also try my copycat Applebee’s Sriracha shrimp and my copycat of Chili’s crispy shrimp.

Copycat Applebee's Peppercorn and Garlic Shrimp

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 pound
Author Mike


For the shrimp

  • 1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined (I use 21-25 count shrimp and keep the tails on)
  • Vegetable oil for frying

For the flour mixture

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

For the egg mixture

  • 2 large eggs beaten

For the breading

  • 1 cup unseasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Heat 3" of oil to 350 F in a deep fryer or Dutch oven.
  • Combine the flour mixture ingredients in a shallow bowl.
  • Place the beaten eggs into another shallow bowl.
  • Last, combine the bread ingredients in another shallow bowl.
  • Working in batches, dip the shrimp into the flour, then into the eggs, and lastly in the breading, counting well.
  • Fry shrimp 2-3 minutes, flipping once.