Day 14 I ventured into unchartered territory: seafood. I don’t have very much experience cooking seafood and have only recently began hesitantly working shrimp into our meal plans. As I eyed the frozen package of shelled and deveined shrimp sitting in our freezer fried shrimp came to mind, but of course I had no inkling how to cook fried shrimp. But I have a deep fryer and I have a bag of shrimp, so how hard could it be? It turns out not hard at all!
Yep, I cooked fried shrimp and it was every bit as good as those I have gotten at restaurants. Even I find it hard to believe, but they tasted amazing and were very easy to make. I used a recipe I found on Center Cut Cook and it turned out better than expected. In fact, I now feel confident that I can easily whip up a batch of fried shrimp anytime I want.
In the recipe on Center Cut Cook she used Panko breadcrumbs. I only had regular ole seasoned breadcrumbs, and they worked fine. I also added some Paprika and Old Bay seasoning to my flour mixture, because I am from the south and we really like our Old Bay seasoning here!
1 lb raw shrimp peeled and deveined with the tails on or off
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
1 tablespoon Paprika
Heat deep fryer to 375 degrees. Pat shrimp dry with paper towels. Toss the shrimp with the garlic powder, salt, and pepper. In a shallow dish combine flour, Paprika, and Old Bay seasoning. Place egg and bread crumbs in two other shallow dishes, respectively. Dip shrimp in flour mixture, then the eggs, and then the breadcrumbs. Use your fingers to press breadcrumbs securely to the shrimp. Place a handful of shrimp (6 – 8) at a time into the fryer basket and fry for about 3 minutes. The shrimp cooks very fast. When golden brown and floating to the top they are done.
Remove from fryer basket and place on a paper toweled line plate. That’s all there is to it! Crunchy and flavorful shrimp are much easier to make than you think!
If you are going to pan fry instead of deep frying then cook in a deep pot with about 2 inches of oil heated to 350 degrees. They will still cook fast so make sure you keep an eye on them and remove them from the pan when they turn golden brown.
These fried shrimp go great with cheese grits and biscuits! Eat them with cocktail sauce or sprinkle them with some lemon. Enjoy!