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Fried Shrimp

This was my first--but not last--time making fried shrimp at home. All you need are fresh and big shrimp and you'll agree that these are seriously worth the effort.

Course entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword seafood, shrimp
Prep Time 22 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author The Cowgirl Gourmet in Santa Fe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh shrimp U 9-12s are best for this dish
  • Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour or brown rice flour
  • 1 cup panko I used gluten-free panko
  • 1 cup grapeseed oil for cooking
  • 1 lemon quartered

Instructions

  1. Peel the shrimp. If you are into repurposing ingredients, be sure to save the shells in a freezer bag and store them in the freezer. When the bag is full, you can make shrimp stock.

    Fried shrimp shells removed
  2. Next, devein the shrimp. (If you have a trusty little shrimp sheller and deveiner, use it.)

  3. Using a paring knife, cut along the backside where you removed the yucky stuff. Slice the shrimp open so it separates and looks like the wings of a butterfly. Be careful not to slice all the way through.

  4. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper.

  5. Now we will prepare our breading station. Crack two eggs in a shallow dish and beat well. Place the flour in another shallow dish and the panko in a third dish.

    Fried shrimp beaten eggs
  6. Dredge each shrimp in beaten egg, a dusting of flour and panko.

    Fried shrimp flour
  7. Place the breaded shrimp on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Allow the breaded shrimp to chill in the fridge for an hour, a few hours or overnight. This will ensure the breading clings to the shrimp and doesn't come off during cooking.

    Fried shrimp battered
  8. When ready, place the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Once the heat is hot, turn the heat down to medium-high and carefully set the breaded shrimp in the skillet, but do not overfill the skillet. If needed, do this in two or more batches.

  9. Cook the shrimp for three minutes until the underside is golden delicious.

    Fried shrimp cooking
  10. Using tongs, flip the shrimp so the other side cooks thoroughly, another three minutes or until golden.

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  11. When cooked, place the shrimp on a paper towel-lined plate and season with salt and pepper.

  12. Serve with lemon wedges, tartar sauce and cocktail sauce and your favorite sides.

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  13. Refrigerate any leftover fried shrimp and eat them cold the next day.