Crispy Fried Shrimp
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5 from 3 votes

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.
Course Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine Southern
Keyword Seafood
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 4


  • 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.