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Fried shrimp flour is a popular dish in many Asian countries. It is typically made by frying shrimp with corn starch or wheat flour, then adding it to a flavorful sauce that includes soy sauce, rice wine, and ginger.

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How to cook fried shrimp flour

Classic, crispy fried shrimp is so much easier to make at home than you think. Just a few, simple pantry ingredients to create this fried shrimp batter using flour and cornmeal to make it crispy, and now you’ll know how to make pan fried shrimp for easy dinners and it will become a true favorite!

Roll up your sleeves, break out your pans and get to dredging. You’re less than 30 minutes away from crispy fried shrimp and old bay cocktail sauce or the dipping sauce recipe I share below, at home tonight.

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  • Why You’ll Love this Recipe
  • How do you make crispy fried shrimp?
  • Recipe Ingredients
  • Fried Shrimp Seasoning
  • Step by Step Directions:
  • Expert Tips
  • How to batter the shrimp
  • How long do you fry shrimp for?
  • Dipping Sauce Recipe for Shrimp
  • Side Dishes Serve with Southern Fried Shrimp
  • How to Store Leftover Shrimp
  • More Delicious Recipes You’ll Love
  • Crispy Fried Shrimp Recipe

Hey there! Meg here and I’m so excited to share another shrimp recipe with you all this month, crispy fried shrimp.

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

I don’t know about you but sometimes I find making fried foods at home kind of intimidating unless it’s air fryer shrimp.

When frying, there’s the whole dredging process and the sometimes messy, frying of the food in hot oil.

But I’m here to tell you, you will LOVE how easy this fried shrimp recipe is and it’s way better than the store-bought, frozen breaded shrimp, that’s for sure!

Plus, using cornmeal and flour together in the batter, creates a crispy shrimp that’s hard not to love!

How do you make crispy fried shrimp?

The mixture of flour and cornmeal adds such a delicious crust to the shrimp. The cornmeal adds a crazy crunch and the flour adds its own wonderful touch for the crispiest fried shrimp!

A good amount of onion powder, garlic powder, kosher salt and a nice sprinkle of cayenne pepper in the batter also bring lots of flavor and interest.

Recipe Ingredients

The ingredient list for this fried shrimp recipe is small and basic but it packs a punch! It uses things like:

  • Shrimp
  • Eggs
  • Buttermilk (or regular milk)
  • Flour
  • Corn meal
  • Canola, peanut oil or vegetable oil
  • …and a handful of basic pantry spices, as seen below.
Fried Shrimp Ingredients on table
Ingredients for Pan Fried Shrimp

Fried Shrimp Seasoning

Keeping the seasoning simple is key for a crispy coating! Just a few favorite spices really give this shrimp tons of flavor! You’ll be using these spices to mix with the flour and cornmeal!

  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • cayenne pepper

Step by Step Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Line a large plate with a paper towel, set aside.
  2. In a cake pan, pie plate, shallow dish or shallow bowl, whisk together eggs and buttermilk. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper. (Image below.)
  • Mixing together eggs, milk and spices
    Add buttermilk, eggs, salt and pepper to pie plate
  • buttermilk and eggs mixed together in pie plate
    Whisk together until evenly mixed
  1. In another cake pan, mix together the flour, cornmeal, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper.
  • Cornmeal flour and spices in pie plate
    Add cornmeal, flour and spices to separate pie plate.
  • Cornmeal, flour and spices in pie plate
    Stir until evenly combined
  1. Add shrimp to the egg mixture and coat shrimp well. A few at a time, add the shrimp to the flour/cornmeal mixture and coat familycuisine.net on a clean plate while you bread the remaining shrimp.
  • Coat shrimp in buttermilk mixture
    Place raw shrimp in buttermilk mixture first
  • Then place buttermilk coated shrimp in dry batter mix
    Then place buttermilk coated shrimp in to flour/cornmeal batter
  1. Add shrimp to skillet in a single layer, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Let shrimp cook and fry for 3 minutes, until crispy and to a golden brown perfection.
  • shrimp pan frying in oil and cast iron pan
    Place breaded shrimp in hot oil in cast iron pan
  • Shrimp in mesh ladle, being pulled out of cast iron pan
    Remove shrimp from hot oil in pan when done
  1. Remove shrimp from oil with a slotted spoon and drain on a prepared plate that has layers of paper towels to soak up any excess oil. Continue until all shrimp is fried.
Pan fried shrimp on a plate with sauce
Place cooked fried shrimp on platter until all cooked

Expert Tips

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I’ll be honest. I don’t love when my hands get goopy and dirty.

So I want to share a little tip with you when it comes to the battering that will keep your hands so much cleaner and make the process much easier.

The shrimp all get dipped into the liquid mixture first and here’s the key to less mess!

First, when you set up your little breading station you’ll want two pie plates or cake pans ideally. You can use bowls if necessary but the wide, shallow shape of pie or cake pans makes the process much easier.

One cake pan will have the liquid ingredients, in this case, an egg and buttermilk. The second pan will hold the dry ingredients, flour, cornmeal and spices for a major flavor punch.

How to batter the shrimp

This is by far the best shrimp batter, and after so many others have made this too and left reviews saying they think it’s delicious too… it’s safe to say it’s an easy recipe that you’ll want to cook shrimp in from here on out!

Use one hand (I usually use my left since I move through the process left to right) to coat the shrimp in the egg mixture. Pick up the shrimp with the wet hand and place it in the dry mixture. Now use your other hand to gently coat the shrimp.

Because you aren’t going back and forth with both hands they aren’t getting goopy and gross. One hand will have egg and one hand flour but not a big lumpy mess.

It’s not anything revolutionary but it makes a big difference in the mess level of battering and frying.

How long do you fry shrimp for?

Once the shrimp are all nicely coated, to the oil they go. You can fill a rimmed skillet with a few inches of oil or you can use a deep fryer if you have one. Either option will work well and fry those shrimp up super quick. We’re talking 3 minutes quick.

So the whole process from start to finish is about 15 to 20 minutes. Restaurant quality fried shrimp at home in less than 20 minutes. I call that winning.

Dipping Sauce Recipe for Shrimp

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If you’re looking for a super simple and really tasty dip for this shrimp, I have a two-ingredient option that may just blow your mind.

Mayo and sweet chili sauce mix up to a creamy, spicy, slightly sweet sauce that really compliments the crispy, tender fried shrimp.

This sauce is made of:

  • 3/4 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
Shrimp dipping sauce ingredients in bowl
Ingredients for fried shrimp dipping sauce

Simply mix the two ingredients together for a bang-bang of flavor!

Mayo and Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce
Fried Shrimp Dipping Sauce

Or, you can also dip your battered shrimp in to:

  • honey mustard
  • spicy ketchup
  • country gravy
  • tartar sauce
  • hot sauce
  • remoulade sauce

Side Dishes Serve with Southern Fried Shrimp

Serve this southern fried shrimp recipe (or so we think it’s “southern”) with Amish potato salad or a side salad to round out your meal and enjoy. P.S. that side salad will give you LIFE.

Or, serve popular side dishes for fried shrimp, such as:

  • fried mushrooms
  • hush puppies
  • potato wedges
  • french fries (or polenta fries or eggplant fries for healthier options)
  • roasted brussels sprouts
  • corn on the cob

Or, if you want to serve it alone, you can easily add lemon wedges to the side and even a little chopped fresh parsley if you like!

How to Store Leftover Shrimp

To store any leftover shrimp, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

To Reheat Fried Shrimp

When ready to reheat the fried shrimp, using the air fryer works amazingly well! Or, you can bake it in the oven or a toaster oven (around 400 degrees for a few minutes until heated through) to crisp it up a little.

Using a microwave can leave the fried shrimp soggy but it’s definitely a way you can reheat if preferred.

More Delicious Recipes You’ll Love

Want more yummy recipes? You’ll also love this grilled shrimp marinade recipe. This fried rice recipe is perfect to create a fried shrimp rice recipe. Or serve up this fried shrimp recipe as an appetizer with some of our other favorite easy appetizer recipes that we have here on the blog.

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