How to Make the Best Fried Shrimp: Crispy Fried Shrimp Recipe

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Select Fresh Shrimp: Start with fresh or thawed shrimp, peeled and deveined, leaving the tails on for easy handling. Fresh shrimp ensure the best flavor and texture.

Prepare the Batter: Whisk together flour, cornstarch, and your choice of seasonings (paprika, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper are great starters) in one bowl. In another bowl, beat a couple of eggs.

Dip in Egg Wash: Dip each shrimp into the egg wash, ensuring it's fully coated. The egg helps the flour mixture stick to the shrimp for that ideal crispy coat.

Coat with Flour Mixture: After the egg wash, dredge the shrimp in the flour mixture. Shake off any excess to avoid clumping and ensure an even, crispy coating.

Chill Before Frying: Let the coated shrimp chill in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes. This step helps the coating adhere better and prevents it from falling off during frying.

Heat the Oil: Heat a deep fryer or a deep pan with enough oil to completely submerge the shrimp. The oil should be at 375°F (190°C) for the perfect fry.

Fry in Batches: Fry the shrimp in batches to avoid overcrowding, which can lower the oil's temperature and lead to soggy shrimp. They should turn golden and crispy in about 2-3 minutes.

Drain Excess Oil: Use a slotted spoon to remove the shrimp from the oil and place them on a wire rack or paper towels to drain any excess oil.

Serve Immediately: Fried shrimp are best enjoyed fresh and hot. Serve them with lemon wedges and your favorite dipping sauce, like cocktail sauce or a spicy mayo.

Enjoy Your Perfectly Crispy Fried Shrimp: Savor the crunch and the tender, juicy shrimp inside. This simple yet delicious recipe is sure to be a hit for any occasion.