Classic, crispy fried shrimp is so much easier to make at home than you think. Just a few, simple pantry ingredients and you’re on your way to fried perfection.
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The BEST Fried Shrimp Recipe – So Easy!

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Classic, crispy fried shrimp is so much easier to make at home than you think. Just a few, simple pantry ingredients and you’re on your way to fried perfection.

Meg here and I’m so excited to share another shrimp recipe with you all this month, crispy fried shrimp.

Classic, crispy fried shrimp is so much easier to make at home than you think. Just a few, simple pantry ingredients and you’re on your way to fried perfection.

Fried Shrimp Recipe

I don’t know about you but sometimes I find making fried foods at home kind of intimidating. There’s the whole dredging process and the sometimes messy, frying of the food.

But I’m here to tell you, this recipe couldn’t be any easier.

How to Fry Shrimp

The ingredient list for this fried shrimp recipe is small and basic. It uses things like:

  • Shrimp
  • Eggs
  • Buttermilk (or regular milk)
  • Flour
  • Cornmeal
  • …and a handful of basic pantry spices.

Nothing to be afraid of here.

How do you make crispy fried shrimp?

The mixture of flour and cornmeal adds such a delicious crust to the shrimp. The cornmeal adds a crazy crunch and the flour adds its own wonderful crispiness too.

Easy Fried Shrimp Recipe and batter how-to!

A good amount of onion powder, garlic powder, kosher salt and a nice sprinkle of cayenne pepper in the batter also bring lots of flavor and interest.

Fried Shrimp Batter

I’ll be honest. I don’t love when my hands get goopy and dirty.

So I want to share a little tip with you when it comes to battering that will keep your hands so much cleaner and make the process much easier.

How to fry shrimp

How do you make batter for deep frying shrimp?

First, when you set up your little breading station you’ll want two pie plates or cake pans ideally. You can use bowls if necessary but the wide, shallow shape of pie or cake pans makes the process much easier.

One cake pan will have the liquid ingredients, in this case, an egg and buttermilk. The second pan will hold the dry ingredients, flour, cornmeal and spices for a major flavor punch.

Egg Wash + Flour/Cornmeal

The shrimp all get dipped into the liquid mixture first and here’s the key.

TIP: Use one hand (I usually use my left since I move through the process left to right) to put coat the shrimp in the egg mixture. Pick up the shrimp with the wet hand and place it in the flour mixture. Now use your other hand to gently coat the shrimp.

Because you aren’t going back and forth with both hands they aren’t getting goopy and gross. One hand will have egg and one hand flour but not a big lumpy mess.

It’s not anything revolutionary but it makes a big difference in the mess level of battering and frying.

Fried Shrimp Batter

How to pan fry shrimp…

Once the shrimp are all nicely coated, to the oil they go. You can fill a rimmed skillet with a few inches of oil or you can use a deep fryer if you have one. Either option will work well and fry those shrimp up super quick. We’re talking 3 minutes quick.

So the whole process from start to finish is about 15 to 20 minutes. Restaurant quality fried shrimp at home in less than 20 minutes. I call that winning.

Dipping Sauce Recipe for Shrimp

If you’re looking for a super simple and really tasty dip for this shrimp, I have a two-ingredient option that may just blow your mind.

Mayo and sweet chili sauce mix up to a creamy, spicy, slightly sweet sauce that really compliments the crispy, tender fried shrimp.

Classic, crispy fried shrimp is so much easier to make at home than you think. Just a few, simple pantry ingredients and you’re on your way to fried perfection.

Quick Fried Shrimp

Roll up your sleeves, break out your cake pans and get to dredging. You’re less than 30 minutes away from crispy fried shrimp at home tonight.

Serve them with Amish potato salad or a side salad to round out your meal and enjoy. P.S. that side salad will give you LIFE.

Classic, crispy fried shrimp is so much easier to make at home than you think. Just a few, simple pantry ingredients and you’re on your way to fried perfection.
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Fried Shrimp

Classic, crispy fried shrimp is so much easier to make at home than you think. Just a few, simple pantry ingredients and you’re on your way to fried perfection.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword fried shrimp, fried shrimp batter, fried shrimp recipe, how to fry shrimp
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 492 kcal
Author Meghan Hensley

Ingredients

  • Canola oil for frying
  • 24 ounces large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

Egg Wash

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or milk)
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

Batter

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper

Dipping Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce

Instructions

  1. Heat 1/2-inch of in a large, heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat. Line a large plate with a paper towel, set aside.

  2. In a cake pan or pie plate whisk together eggs and buttermilk. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper. 

  3. In another cake pan, mix together the flour, cornmeal, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. 

  4. Add shrimp to the egg mixture and coat well. A few at a time, add the shrimp to the flour and coat completely. Place on a clean plate while you bread the remaining shrimp. 

  5. Add shrimp to skillet making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Fry for 3 minutes, until crispy and golden brown. Drain on prepared plate. Continue until all shrimp is fried. 

Dipping Sauce

  1. Mix mayo and sweet chili sauce in a bowl for dipping. 

Nutrition Facts
Fried Shrimp
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 492 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 1217mg 51%
Potassium 197mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 57g 19%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 11g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 9.2%
Vitamin C 1.2%
Calcium 2.7%
Iron 16.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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11 thoughts on “The BEST Fried Shrimp Recipe – So Easy!

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  1. Steph says:

    We are huge shrimp lovers around here and this recipe turned out great!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay!! I’m so glad! Thank you so much!

  2. Courtney says:

    You made the whole process so easy with such great tips! So tasty 🙂

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good! I’m so glad! Thank you! XO

  3. lauren kelly says:

    This is one of those few recipes that my whole family would eat! I am saving this recipe for sure!

    1. Jessica says:

      Woo hoo!! So glad it’s helpful! XO

  4. Becky Hardin says:

    This shrimp would be a huge hit at my house. A must try for sure.

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh yay!! I’m so glad they’ll love it! 🙂

  5. Allyson Zea says:

    Wow this does look absolutely fabulous!!!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Awww!!! Haha! Thank you!

  6. Vonne says:

    That looks like a great recipe. Does it translate well as a chicken dish for those of us who have shellfish allergies?

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