Fried Shrimp

December 30, 2020

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A crispy Fried Shrimp recipe! Flavorful juicy shrimp are breaded with flaky crispy panko bread crumbs and deep fried until just cooked through and perfectly golden brown and tender. Easily just as delicious as what you’ll find in any restaurant!

Close up image of fried shrimp.

Easy Fried Shrimp

A basic recipe that is most definitely one of the ultimate ways to make shrimp! You’ll absolutely love it and it may likely make it’s way to your list of favorites!

This fried shrimp makes for the ultimate appetizer, impressive party food, or crave-able main dish.

It’s easy to make and really less intimidating than you may think.

You just go with a basic process of breading – coat with flour, dip in egg then cover in bread crumbs. Then from there shrimp are ready to deep-fry.

And to finish you can just serve with vibrant fresh lemon wedges for spritzing or your favorite shrimp sauce for dipping. Yum!

Overhead photo of fried shrimp layered on paper towel lined baking sheet.

Fried Shrimp Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs extra large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (preferably unbleached)
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs (or 3 if needed)
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • Vegetable oil (about 8 cups)
  • Parsley and lemon wedges for serving (optional)

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Photo of ingredients used to make fries shrimp. Includes shrimp, vegetable oil, panko bread crumbs, flour, eggs, garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper, parsley and lemon.

How to Make Fried Shrimp

  1. Whisk dry ingredients: Add flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper to a medium shallow dish and whisk to blend (I use about 1 1/4 tsp salt and 3/4 tsp pepper).
  2. Blend egg white and yolks: In a second medium shallow dish whisk eggs until well blended.
  3. Add panko to a dish: Pour panko into a 3rd shallow dish (a pie plate works well here).
  4. Heat oil in pot: Preheat vegetable oil in a large pot to 350 degrees while you coat shrimp. Note that shrimp should be wet on the exterior (I use frozen shrimp and upon thawing it’s wet, if not rinse with water and drain well otherwise the flour won’t stick in the next step).
  5. Dredge shrimp through three coatings: Dredge shrimp in flour mixture on both sides. Transfer to egg mixture and coat on both sides. Then finish by coating in panko on both sides, while pressing into panko so it adheres well.
  6. Fry shrimp in batches: Cook shrimp in batches (no more than 10 at a time) until just cooked through. Bring oil back to 350 degree temperature between batches.
  7. Remove shrimp: Use a large spider to remove shrimp from oil and transfer to a baking sheet lined with two layers of paper towels to drain. Repeat process with remaining shrimp.
  8. Serve: Garnish shrimp with parsley if desired, serve with lemon wedges and your favorite shrimp dip (such as cocktail sauce, honey mustard, tartar sauce, sriracha dip, creamy herb etc).

How Long to Fry Shrimp

  • Large to jumbo shrimp only take about 1 to 2 minutes to deep fry in 350 degree oil so monitor closely and don’t walk away.
  • The time has slight variances just depending on exact size of shrimp and temperature they were before being added to oil.

Collage of eight photos showing steps of peeling shrimp, making breading, coating shrimp in breading and deep frying.

How to Tell When Shrimp are Done Frying

  • Deep-fried shrimp are a little trickier to test doneness because you can’t see right through the coating to the color of the shrimp.
  • The breading should just be lightly golden brown color, then when you cut one of the shrimp in half the interior should be opaque white with pink/reddish edging.
  • Shrimp should also just shrink lightly in size and curl when done.

Photo of fried shrimp after frying on a paper towel lined baking sheet.

Sauces to Pair with Fried Shrimp

So many options you can use! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Cocktail sauce
  • Tartar sauce
  • Honey mustard
  • Aoili
  • Thousand island dressing
  • Creamy sriracha sauce

Can they be baked instead of fried?

  • For oven fried shrimp you could try baking in a 400 degree oven on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet. They should take about 7 – 9 minutes to cook through.
  • If you want a more golden breading I like to toss the panko with 2 Tbsp oil then bake the bread crumbs on a baking sheet for about 3 – 4 minutes before you being the recipe. Then let cool before coating shrimp.

Close up photo of panko crusted fried shrimp piled on paper towel lined sheet pan.

Helpful Tips for the Best Fried Shrimp Recipe

  • Shrimp should be just lightly wet to begin breading, not totally dry or flour won’t stick.
  • Use a deep fry thermometer to reach the proper oil temperature for the best outcome.
  • Work to maintain that 350 temperature between batches when frying. Meaning let the oil come back up to temp before adding another batch of shrimp.
  • Careful not to overcook shrimp or it will be dry and chewy/ rubbery, also be careful not to undercook to avoid any harmful bacteria.
  • Never fry frozen shrimp. Always thaw before breading and frying. It’s too cold and solid to bread, it would brown too quickly before cooking through in the center, and the ice crystals can splatter and cause burns.
  • Serve warm and crispy for the best texture.

Close up photo of shrimp piled on paper towel lined sheet pan.

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5 from 4 votes

Fried Shrimp Recipe

Flavorful juicy shrimp are breaded with flaky crispy panko bread crumbs and deep fried until just cooked through and perfectly golden brown. Easily just as delicious as what you'll find in any restaurant!
Servings: 5
Prep25 minutes
Cook10 minutes
Ready in: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs extra large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (preferably unbleached)
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika*
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs**
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • Vegetable oil (about 8 cups)
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley (optional)
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges (optional)

Instructions

  • Add flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper to a medium shallow dish and whisk to blend.***
  • In a second medium shallow dish whisk eggs until well blended.
  • Pour panko into a 3rd shallow dish (a pie plate works well here).
  • Preheat oil in a large pot to 350 degrees while you coat shrimp. Note that shrimp should be lightly wet on the exterior, if not rinse with water and drain well otherwise the flour won't stick in the next step.
  • Dredge shrimp in flour mixture on both sides. Transfer to egg mixture and coat on both sides. Then finish by coating in panko on both sides, while pressing into panko so it adheres well.
  • Fry shrimp in batches (no more than 10 at a time) until cooked through, about 1 minute. Bring oil back to 350 degree temperature between batches.
  • Use a large spider to remove shrimp from oil and transfer to a baking sheet lined with two layers of paper towels to drain. Repeat process with remaining shrimp.
  • Garnish shrimp with parsley if desired, serve with lemon wedges and your favorite shrimp sauce (such as cocktail sauce, honey mustard, tartar sauce, sriracha dip, creamy herb etc).

Notes

*In addition to these spices you can add 1/4 - 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper for spicy shrimp.
**You may need 3 eggs. 2 has been barely enough for me each time. I'd just rather only use what I need then if more is needed crack and whisk a 3rd egg.
***I use about 1 1/4 tsp salt and 3/4 tsp pepper - not included in nutrition estimate.
Nutrition Facts
Fried Shrimp Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 454 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 417mg139%
Sodium 406mg18%
Potassium 242mg7%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 515IU10%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 258mg26%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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11 Comments

  • Nadine Custode

    I just made this recipe the other night, the shrimp came out very good, it’s a lot of work but so worth it!! Cause you have to clean and wash the shrimp well, take the peeling and de vain them!!!

  • Ann

    First time I’ve ever attempted making fried shrimp, and they came out spectacular! The most delicious recipe and by far the best shrimp I have ever eaten! Other than peeling the shrimp, the recipe was much faster than I imagined it would be. I will be making this recipe again and again!!! Thank you!

  • Michael Mangiafico

    Here is another version. Soak the shrimp in beer or another type of liquor. bourbon or whiskey work well. you can also use moonshine or applejack. Down south they use they use corn meal that has been seasoned with curry and Cajun seasoning. Also you can use Old Bay seasoning in the flour. Also you can use a strong beer like ale, pilsner or stout to soak the shrimp in for two days for the flavor to build up.

  • Cristina

    Very tasty and a perfectly fried shrimp recipe! I did do a combined breading of Panko and Andy’s seafood seasoned breading and these where to die for. My family and I really enjoyed these and even have a request to fry up some more next weekend :)

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Sounds tasty, thanks for the tip! So glad your family enjoyed it Cristina!

  • Jennifer Torrez

    I love you for this!! I was searching your website for this exact recipe a couple of weeks ago and didn’t find exactly this. It was perfect!!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I’m so glad you liked the recipe Jennifer and that it was just what you were looking for :)!

  • Abby Levine

    Hi very much enjoying your recipes. Want to try this fried shrimp.
    2 questions for shrimp 🍤

    1) plain or seasoned Panko?
    2) Can I do this in an air fryer?
    Thank you and have a safe and healthy new year, Abby

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Plain panko, and it should work in the air fryer as well I would add some olive oil to the panko though for flavor.