Lightly breaded then fried this Classic Fried Shrimp recipe is completely addictive! They are so light and crispy, and perfect dipped in cocktail sauce.
Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Keyword: fried shrimp
Author: Kristin Maxwell
1poundlarge or jumbo shrimp peeled and deveinedtails on or off (your choice)
2teaspoonsOld Bay seasoning
Fresh minced parsley for garnish if desired
Place shrimp in a large bowl and sprinkle shrimp with Old Bay seasoning and stir to coat.
Set up breading station using three shallow dishes (like a pie pan): In the first dish pour in ¾ cup of flour. In the second dish, whisk together eggs with 1 tablespoon of water. In the third dish, combine Panko breadcrumbs with ½ cup of flour. Coat shrimp in flour (shake off excess), then egg (let excess drip off), then Panko/flour mixture, pressing breadcrumbs lightly into shrimp to coat. Arrange shrimp in a single layer on a plate until all are coated and ready to fry.
Pour about an inch of vegetable oil in a heavy bottom dutch oven or skillet with high sides and over medium heat; about 5-10 minutes. You can test with a meat thermometer that should register between 350-400 degrees, or drop in a few breadcrumbs to see if it sizzles.
Line a large plate with several layers of paper towels.
Fry shrimp in a single layer (you may need to fry several batches), 1-2 minutes per batch or until breading is golden in color. The amount of time will depend on how hot the oil is - don’t overcook or the shrimp will become chewy. Use a metal strainer to remove shrimp from the oil and transfer to a paper towel lined plate.
Sprinkle salt lightly over the shrimp and serve with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges.
I like to leave the tails on for a prettier presentation and to make the fried shrimp easier to hold.
Serve with easy homemade cocktail sauce and lemon wedges.
This recipe makes roughly 4 servings of fried shrimp as a main course, which is about 5-7 shrimp per person. As an appetizer it will serve about twice that many.