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Shrimp is a popular seafood that can be bought fresh or frozen. It is also often precooked and sold in the form of shrimp cocktail, which is great for people on the go. Fried shrimp are one of the best-known dishes

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How to cook fried shrimp with precooked shrimp

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I just love this crispy fried shrimp recipe. It is so incredibly quick and easy to make with only a handful of ingredients. I you love shrimp you have got to try this!

Growing up I didn’t like a whole lot of seafood, but I always loved crispy fried shrimp. I remember having it at Sizzler for the first time when I was really young, it was amazing!

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Popping them into my mouth after dipping them in ketchup was such a treat for me. We didn’t have it often, but it was awesome when we did. Now I make it at home. If I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

Shrimp, eggs, flour, bread crumbs, and spices in bowls on a wooden table.

In order to make this yummy crispy fried shrimp you need just a handful of spices and other ingredients:

  • Shrimp – Use precooked or uncooked peeled and deveined shrimp, with the tails still on.
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • All-Purpose/Plain flour
  • Bread crumbs – I like to use Panko bread crumbs but traditional bread crumbs will work too.
  • Oil – I generally use vegetable oil, but canola, coconut, etc. will work too.

Step 2: How to make crunchy deep-fried shrimp

Hand mixing flour and paprika in a bowl on a wooden table next to a bowl of precooked shrimp.

Begin with a large pot on the stovetop. Add enough oil to fill up at least an inch on the bottom. Set the heat to medium and allow the oil to heat up while you prepare the shrimp. The oil should be around 350 F/176 C. Check it with a candy thermometer.

In a small bowl combine the flour and the paprika and set aside.

Step 3: Toss those shrimp in the spices

Precooked shrimp in a bowl being tossed with spices.

Prepare the shrimp by peeling and deveining them or use precooked shrimp which has already been peeled and deveined. I like to leave the tails on, but you can take them off if you like.

Next, mix together the pepper, salt, and garlic powder with a fork and add half of it to the bowl of shrimp. Give the bowl of shrimp a good toss in the spices and then add the other half of the spices and toss or stir with a fork.

Step 4: How to fry shrimp and get them crispy

Hand dipping shrimp in panko bread crumbs.

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Take a bowl and whisk two eggs. Now take the shrimp and dip it into the flour then into the egg, and then into the bowl of bread crumbs. I find panko bread crumbs get a little more crispy than traditional bread crumbs. Make sure the shrimp gets fully coated.

Black slotted spoon holding crispy fried shrimp over a pot of hot oil on a white stovetop.

Hold the shrimp by the tail right near the top of the oil and then drop it in. You can do 5 to 7 at a time. Don’t over crowd them otherwise they will get stuck together.

Fry the shrimp until they get golden brown and are crispy, usually a few minutes. If they are uncooked shrimp they will take a little longer to cook, but only around 3 minutes or so to get nice crispy fried shrimp.

The oil temp may drop after a few batches, if that occurs, allow it come back up to temp before frying some more.

Pile of easy crispy fried shrimp on a white plate lined with white paper towel.

Remove the shrimp with tongs, slotted spoon, or spider strainer. Spider strainers are awesome because they are super safe in hot oil. Tongs will be as well. Just be careful if using any plastic utensils that they are safe to put in hot oil.

Place the shrimp on a plate lined with paper towel and let it cool for a few minutes before serving. Dip them in your favorite sauce and enjoy!

Can I bake these crispy fried shrimp?

Yes! You can definitely bake these shrimp in the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 F/205 C. Add the shrimp to a sheet pan with a silicone mat or spray it with cooking spray. Bake until brown and crispy about 10 to 15 minutes.

How can I keep the fried shrimp crunchy and crispy?

It is a good idea to keep the fried shrimp in a single layer on the plate after frying. If you stack them too much the ones on the bottom may or may not get a little soft.

How do I store shrimp after it has been fried?

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Take your crispy fried shrimp and place it in an airtight container and put it in the fridge. It will get soft but you can store it for a few days in the fridge. When you want to eat them, place them on a sheet pan and reheat them in the oven at 350F/176 C for 5 to 10 minutes until warm.

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