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Easy and Crispy Fried Shrimp
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Crispy Fried Shrimp

Crispy Fried Shrimp – Breaded and fried until golden and delicious, these shrimp are tender and juicy with an incredibly crispy crust.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Fried Shrimp Recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 304kcal
Author: Tania Sheff


  • 1 lb. jumbo shrimps peeled, deveined, tail on
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • cup cornstarch
  • 1 ½ tsp. Cajun or Old Bay Seasoning
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • oil for frying about ½ cup


  • In a shallow bowl, whisk the eggs together with 1 tablespoon of water.
  • In a second bowl, mix together the flour, cornstarch, seasoning, and salt. Add the breadcrumbs into the third bowl.
  • Coat the shrimp in flour, dip them in egg, and then press them into the bread crumb mixture, thoroughly coating them.
  • Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat and add about ½ cup of oil. Working in batches, cook the shrimp, turning once, until golden, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a baking sheet and place them in the oven to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining shrimp. 




Use Large Shrimp. If your shrimp are too small, you run the risk of overcooking them because it’ll take so much longer for you to flip the shrimp and it’ll be hard to keep an eye on them all. Keep the small shrimp for other recipes, like this Shrimp Zucchini Skillet.
Devein The Shrimp. You’ll want to make sure to devein the shrimp. You can either make a shallow slit in the back of the shrimp and remove the vein, or sometimes, you can grab ahold of the end of it, if it is visible, and pull it out. I usually buy the shrimp that are already deveined. 🙂
Don’t Overcook. The biggest mistake people make when frying shrimp is overcooking them. They really cook very quickly and will get rubbery and tough if overcooked. The oil temperature should be 350-375 degrees and it should take about 1 minute on each side to fry it.


Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 327mg | Sodium: 1037mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 4.6mg | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 3.5mg