Copycat Popplers from Futurama

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Futurama has been one of my favorite shows since I was like, 12 so I thought it would be appropriate to make one of the fictional foods I’ve always wanted to taste for myself.

Today we’re blasting off to the future to taste test some of the tastiest tidbits in the entire universe.

Discovered on an M-Class planet during a mission to find roddenberries, Popplers quickly became the most popular snack on Earth, thanks to some help from Fishy Joe’s.

However, it is quickly discovered that Popplers are not only alive and intelligent, but they are also the infantile version of Omnicronians from Omicron Persesi 8.

And it wasn’t until Lrr and Ndnd threatened to eat one human for every poppler consumed – a total of 198 billion – that the consumption of popplers came to a halt. Even in the 31st century, there aren’t that many humans in the entire universe, let alone on Earth.

So the result was a ban on selling popplers – despite how delicious they are.

But with this recipe, even Scruffy the Janitor would be impressed.

“Hear me, hear me! Stop eating Popplers! Stop eating them with honey mustard sauce. Stop eating them with tangy sweet-and-sour sauce. Stop taking advantage of the money-saving 12-pack!”

Good news everyone!

Making Popplers at home is easier than stopping the space time continuum from collapsing in on itself – and without all the icky the moral quandaries that come with eating a sentient being.

Sentience aside, these tasty Popplers deliver all the crispy crunchy goodness that you’d expect from popplers. plus, they are outright adorable – better eat them all before they can signal to the Omnicronians what our position is…

Popplers have been a bucket list recipe for me since I started my journey into fictional feasting. But I need your help on what fictional recipe should I cook up next? Send me your suggestions for your favorite fictional meals down in the comments below.

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Copycat Popplers from Futurama

The Starving Chef
Easy recipe for Popplers from Futurama – seasoned with sentience!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Copycat Recipes, Fictional Feasts
Cuisine Finger Food, Seafood, Snack
Servings 4


  • 16 oz shrimp peeled & tails removed, thawed if frozen
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon spicy Tajin optional
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • 3 cups corn flakes lightly crushed
  • 1 cup vegetable oil + more as needed for frying


  • In a large plastic baggie combine the flour, garlic powder, cumin, Tajin, onion powder, paprika and celery salt. Then add the shrimp. Shake well so that the shrimp are coated completed completely in flour.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan – the oil should be about a half inch deep. Whisk two eggs in a large bowl until frothy. In a separate shallow bowl, add the corn flakes and crunch up lightly with your fingertips.
  • Dredge the flour coated shrimp first in the whisked eggs and allow excess to drip off. Then quickly transfer the shrimp to the cornflakes and flip and press the shrimp into the cornflakes until the shrimp is evenly coated. Repeat until all the shrimp are coated in cornflakes.
  • Fry the shrimp in batches for 30 seconds to one minute per side, until golden brown and cooked through. Keep a watchful eye, the cornflakes will burn quickly.
  • Serve with tangy sweet and sour sauce or mustard sauce. Ignore pleas for help. Don't let the Omnicronians where you found them. Enjoy!


Keyword copycat, deep fried, shrimp
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