These fried shrimp are jumbo shrimp coated in seasoned breadcrumbs, then deep fried to golden brown perfection. The perfect main course or appetizer option that’s even better than what you’d get at a restaurant!
Whenever I see fried shrimp on a restaurant menu, I have to order it. I love that combination of sweet tender shrimp with a crispy coating. I tried making this dish at home, and I have to say, I think my crispy shrimp are even better than the restaurant version.
How to peel and devein shrimp
To peel shrimp, simply use your thumb to press into the underside of the shrimp where the legs are. Peel each side of the shell back going from front to tail. Leave the last segment of the outer layer and the tail.
You can devein a shrimp by making a cut along the top of the raw shrimp with a sharp paring knife. The cut should go from the front of the shrimp to the tail. Cut about 1/8 inch into the shrimp. Inside the cut you will see a dark vein. Reach in and pull it out. If it breaks apart, use the knife to scrape out the rest.
How do you make fried shrimp?
Making fried shrimp is all about the crispy coating. Make the coating by mixing flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a bowl. Beat some eggs in another bowl. Finally, pour some breadcrumbs in a third bowl. Dip the shrimp first in the flour, next in the eggs and last in the breadcrumbs. Fry the shrimp up in hot oil until they are golden brown, then serve and enjoy!
Tips for fried shrimp
- Use the largest shrimp you can find. I use under 15 count size whenever possible, but 16/20 and 21/25 sizes both work well too.
- When you dip the shrimp in the coating, hold them by the tail and shake off any excess as you dip them.
- You can bake these shrimp instead of frying them by coating them in cooking spray, then bake on a sheet pan at 425 degrees F until browned and crisp, about 15 minutes.
- For spicier shrimp, add in 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder to the flour mixture.
What is the best way to fry shrimp?
- Make sure the the oil is as close to 350 degrees F as possible when you place the shrimp in the oil. The temperature of the oil will drop when the cold shrimp are placed in the oil. Don’t worry, the oil will come back up to the correct temperature as the shrimp cook.
- Watch your heat, you don’t want the oil to go over 400 degrees F. Be sure to use a frying thermometer so that you can constantly monitor the temperature.
- Use a kitchen spider tool to place the shrimp in the oil and take them out again.
- Fry around 5-7 shrimp per batch depending on the size of your pot.
- As the shrimp cook, make sure to stir them a bit so they do not clump together.
How do you keep fried shrimp crispy?
For the crispiest shrimp, place the cooked shrimp on paper towels or a cooling rack in a single layer. If you stack the shrimp, the shrimp on the bottom will get soft. If you need to store the shrimp, let them cool for a few minutes and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can reheat fried shrimp in the oven at 350 degrees F. Bake the shrimp for 10-15 minutes until hot all the way through.
I love getting fried shrimp a restaurants. With this recipe, you can have that same great flavor in the comfort of your own home.
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- 2 pounds jumbo shrimp devein and peel but leave tails on
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 eggs beaten
- 1 3/4 cups panko breadcrumbs
- oil for frying
- lemon wedges and parsley for garnish optional
- cocktail sauce for serving
- Place the flour in a medium size bowl along with the salt, pepper and garlic powder. Stir to combine.
- Place the eggs in a second bowl. Place the breadcrumbs in a third bowl.
- Dip each shrimp first into the flour, then into the egg, then roll in the breadcrumbs to coat evenly. Place each breaded shrimp on a sheet pan. Repeat the process until all shrimp are breaded.
- Heat 3 inches of oil in a deep large pot to 350 degrees F.
- Add 6 shrimp at a time and cook for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
- Repeat the process with the remaining shrimp.
- Place the shrimp on a plate. Serve immediately with cocktail sauce. Garnish with lemon wedges and parsley if desired.