Easy Fried Shrimp Recipe -

Easy Fried Shrimp Recipe

Fried Shrimps are a classic and beloved dish that’s perfect for a delightful snack, appetizer, or a main course. The combination of crispy coating with tender

and juicy shrimp inside, seasoned to perfection and paired with a spicy kick from the hot sauce, makes for an irresistible treat. Serve with lemon wedges, cocktail sauce, or rémoulade for a complete flavor experience.



  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons Chile hot sauce (such as Cholula)
  • 2 pounds large peeled, deveined raw shrimp
  • 3/4 cup (about 3 1/4 oz.) all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup (about 2 7/8 oz.) cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • For serving: lemon wedges, cocktail sauce, rémoulade (optional)




Step 1: Prepare the Frying Setup
Fill a large, heavy-bottomed pot or deep fryer with canola oil, about 2 inches deep. Heat the oil over medium heat until it reaches 375°F (190°C). Use a deep-fry thermometer to monitor the temperature.

Step 2: Mix the Wet Ingredients
In a medium bowl, whisk together the beaten eggs, whole milk, and Chile hot sauce. This mixture will help the dry ingredients adhere to the shrimp and add flavor.

Step 3: Combine the Dry Ingredients
In another medium bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, cornmeal, kosher salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Mix well to ensure even seasoning.

Step 4: Coat the Shrimp
Dip each shrimp first into the wet mixture, allowing the excess to drip off, then dredge in the flour and cornmeal mixture, ensuring each shrimp is evenly coated. Shake off any excess breading.


Step 5: Fry the Shrimp
In batches, carefully lower the coated shrimp into the hot oil. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Avoid overcrowding the pot to maintain the oil temperature and ensure even cooking.

Step 6: Drain and Serve
Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fried shrimp to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil. Continue frying the remaining shrimp in batches.

Step 7: Serving
Serve the fried shrimps hot with lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over the shrimp. Offer cocktail sauce and rémoulade for dipping, if desired.



  • Maintaining Oil Temperature: Keep an eye on the oil temperature and adjust the heat as necessary to maintain 375°F (190°C) for the best frying results.
  • Freshness Matters: For the best flavor and texture, use fresh, high-quality shrimp.
  • Seasoning Adjustments: Feel free to adjust the level of heat by increasing or decreasing the amount of cayenne pepper or Chile hot sauce to suit your taste preferences.

Serving Suggestions:

Fried shrimps can be served as an appetizer with various dipping sauces or as part of a main meal alongside coleslaw, french fries, or a fresh salad for a complete seafood feast.

Prep Time:

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes (may vary depending on batch size)
  • Total Time: 25 minutes


Fried Shrimps are a versatile and universally loved dish that’s easy to prepare and incredibly satisfying to eat.

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