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 492kcal
Author Jessica Burgess

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

  • Heat 1/2-inch of oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Line a large plate with a paper towel, set aside.
  • In a cake pan or pie plate whisk together eggs and buttermilk. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper. 
  • In another cake pan, mix together the flour, cornmeal, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. 
  • 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. 
  • 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

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

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 492kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 1217mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2.9mg