This is a copycat recipe of Popeye's Popcorn Shrimp and Chicken (Tender, crispy shrimp and chicken seasoned in Louisiana herbs and spices then served up crispy). For spicy, double the cayenne pepper and for cajun, add the cajun seasoning.
Heat oil in a deep fryer or in a deep cast iron skillet on the stove to 350 degrees F. Use a digital thermometer to check the temperature.
Combine the flour, salt, peppers, paprika and cajun seasoning, if using,in a bowl. In another bowl, break eggs and beat until well blended.
Dip each piece of shrimp/chicken into eggs; then coat generously with the flour mixture. Drop each piece into the hot oil and fry for 15 to 25 minutes or until the shrimp/chicken is a dark golden brown. Drain shrimp/chicken on paper towels and serve warm.