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Crispy Fried Shrimp

Crispy Fried Shrimp are breaded and fried until golden and crunchy. Dip them in some cocktail sauce for a wonderful treat from the sea.

Crispy Fried Shrimp


These shrimp are first seasoned with Cajun or Creole seasoning for just a little zip and then tossed in all-purpose flour. Next they are dipped in egg and then breaded with a mixture of flour, bread crumbs, and Panko crumbs. This combo makes a wonderfully crispy and crunchy coating for them without being too heavy.

Fry them until golden and get ready to dig in.

Crispy Fried Shrimp


These Crispy Fried Shrimp are so delicious, they will disappear as fast as you can fry them, and luckily you can fry them really fast. They only take a minute or two, especially if you use shrimp that are on the smaller side.

Crispy Fried Shrimp


Tips for making Crispy Fried Shrimp

  • You can use fresh or frozen and thawed shrimp.
  • You’ll want to devein your shrimp. You can either make a shallow slit in the back of the shrimp and remove it or sometimes you can grab ahold of the end of it if it is visible and pull it out.
  • This recipe will work with any size shrimp. Just fry them a little longer for larger shrimp.
  • The biggest mistake people make when cooking shrimp is overcooking them. They really cook very quickly and will get rubbery and tough if overcooked. It is very unlikely that you will undercook them.

Crispy Fried Shrimp

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Crispy Fried Shrimp

Crispy Fried Shrimp

Crispy Fried Shrimp are breaded and fried until golden and crunchy. Dip them in some cocktail sauce for a wonderful treat from the sea.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 6 minutes
TOTAL: 21 minutes


  • 1 pound medium shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun or creole seasoning
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Panko crumbs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • Vegetable oil
  • salt


  • Sprinkle shrimp with cajun seasoning.
  • Place 3/4 cup flour in a shallow bowl. In a second shallow bowl, whisk eggs together with 1 tablespoon of water.
  • Combine bread crumbs, Panko crumbs, and flour on a paper plate or in a shallow dish. 
  • Coat shrimp in flour, dip in egg, and then press into bread crumb mixture, throughly coating them.
  • Pour 1 inch of oil in a Dutch oven or skillet with high sides. Heat until oil sizzles when you drop a few bread crumbs in.
  • Fry shrimp in batches until golden brown. This will only take a minute or two depending on shrimp size and how hot the oil is. Do not overcook them or they will be chewy. Place them on a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Sprinkle shrimp lightly with salt when you take them out of the oil.
  • Serve with cocktail sauce.
Course: Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Seafood

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17 thoughts on “Crispy Fried Shrimp”

  1. Deborah Morgan

    I usually boil my shrimp, but decided to fry them today. They were crunchy and delicious, with cocktail saucen mac n cheese will make some for my grandkids, really good!

  2. Kimberly Colosanti

    YUM!! We made these for dinner tonight with homemade cocktail sauce. Followed recipe except used less flour and more panko as suggested in another comment. SO DELICIOUS!! Definitely going to be a saved recipe in my file. Thanks!!

  3. Excellent recipe! Thanks for sharing. I’d upload a picture if I could. Fried shrimp and mushrooms using same breading, just different pots of oil. Shrimp took about 60 seconds and I used jumbo, mushrooms about 2 1/2 minutes, turning over half way. Cooked at 350 degrees. Really like how thin and crispy coating is without needing to use all panko or a thick batter. Not greasy at all and shrimp were perfectly tender. Was curious about adding water to the eggs, so put 1/2 tablespoon water in 1 egg, and none in other. Without water, the egg is too viscous and has trouble sticking to the shrimp, so good call on adding water! Definitely will use again, as much better fried shrimp than bar or restaurant!

  4. I just made them! First attempt ever at making fried shrimp… super easy recipe and they were FABULOUS!!👌 (I didn’t have any Cajun seasoning, so I just seasoned up the flour with garlic salt, onion salt and some spicy pepper.) Super delish! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  5. Fantastic! The Cajun seasoning added just the right amount of flavor without being overbearing. Since I have celiac, I made 2 batches. The first was as listed and the other using gluten free flour and panko crumbs. Both were delicious!!! If you like a crisper breading, try GF panko crumbs. They add a nice crunch! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  6. Andromeda LeTourneau

    I was worried about this recipe not pleasing my hubby’s palate but omg we both loved it! The seasoning was awesome. I did alter the recipe a bit. I seasoned the flour with seasoned salt and black pepper before dredging in the egg mixture. I also used a little less flour in the panko and a little more panko. This is a keeper!

  7. Sounds really good, but I always like soaking them in buttermilk and then put flour and tony ’s seasoning in a bag and adding shrimp and Shake well then take out one at a time and start adding to hoy grease they are so good!

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