Easy & Delicious Fried Shrimp at Home

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Looking for a delectable seafood meal to enjoy at home? Look no further than this crispy fried shrimp! Succulent and tender shrimp meets a crispy outer coating for a delicious combination of flavor and texture that makes for an incredible meal. 

To make fried shrimp, begin with defrosted shrimp. Place frozen shrimp in the refrigerator overnight until thawed. Cook immediately. Alternatively, place the package of shrimp in a bowl of cool water and let thaw for about an hour. Make sure to cook all of your thawed shrimp, as It should not be refrozen. 

Once your shrimp is thawed, you’re ready to begin cooking. 

Prepare the following: 

Tools for Fried Shrimp 

  • 3 shallow bowls (for breading) 
  • Medium/Large Pot for frying
  • Tongs or Slotted Spoon
  • Paper towels
  • Serving platter

Ingredients for Fried Shrimp 

  • 1 lb. Medium White Shrimp
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flower
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs 
  • 1/2 tsp. salt 
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • Canola oil (for frying)
  • Dipping sauce (optional)
  • Fresh lemon (optional) 
  1. The first step to fried shrimp is to prepare your coating. You’ll need 3 separate shallow bowls. 
    1. In the first bowl – combine flour, salt and pepper. 
    2. In the second bowl, beat eggs until smooth. 
    3. In the third bowl, add panko breadcrumbs. (For additional flavor, mix panko with seasoned breadcrumbs, or mix with coconut for coconut shrimp!) 
  2. Once your mixtures are prepared, begin to heat your frying oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  3. Next, bread shrimp by dipping each shrimp in flour, then eggs, then breadcrumbs. Place coated shrimp on a separate, clean dish. 
  4. When the oil is ready for frying, carefully drop the shrimp into the hot oil, frying for approximately 2-3 minutes. Be sure not to overcrowd your frying pot. Cook in batches if necessary. 
  5. Once fried, remove shrimp with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel lined plate to dry. 
  6. Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce and a squeeze of fresh lemon. 

That’s it! This easy dish comes together in minutes, offering a delectable treat for appetizers, lunch or dinner!

fried shrimp

Fried Shrimp

Course Main Course

Equipment

  • 3 shallow bowls (for breading)
  • medium/large pot for frying
  • tongs or slotted spoon
  • paper towels
  • serving platter

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb medium white shrimp
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • canola oil (for frying)
  • dipping sauce (optional)
  • fresh lemon (optional)

Instructions
 

  • The first step to fried shrimp is to prepare your coating. You’ll need 3 separate shallow bowls.
    -In the first bowl - combine flour, salt and pepper.
    -In the second bowl, beat eggs until smooth.
    -In the third bowl, add panko breadcrumbs. (For additional flavor, mix panko with seasoned breadcrumbs, or mix with coconut for coconut shrimp!)
  • Once your mixtures are prepared, begin to heat your frying oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Next, bread shrimp by dipping each shrimp in flour, then eggs, then breadcrumbs. Place coated shrimp on a separate, clean dish
  • When the oil is ready for frying, carefully drop the shrimp into the hot oil, frying for approximately 2-3 minutes. Be sure not to overcrowd your frying pot. Cook in batches if necessary
  • Once fried, remove shrimp with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel lined plate to dry
  • Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce and a squeeze of fresh lemon