Southern Fried Shrimp is crunchy and delicious and so easy to make! Try this recipe restaurant favorite that you can make at home in just minutes!
This crispy shrimp batter is made with a buttermilk and Old Bay seasoned flour for a flavorful and delicious coating. A favorite dinner or easy appetizer for any gathering.
How to Make Southern Fried Shrimp
- Peel and devein shrimp.
- Pour buttermilk into a bowl.
- Mix flour and Old Bay Seasoning in a gallon zip top baggie or a bowl.
- Dip shrimp in buttermilk and shake off excess.
- Drop 4 or 5 shrimp into seasoned flour. Zip bag and shake to coat shrimp, or dredge through flour coating all sides.
- Shake off additional flour and place battered shrimp on a clean baking sheet.
- Heat oil into a dutch oven or heavy bottom pan over high heat until it reaches 350°.
- Fry shrimp, a few at a time for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown and reaches at least 145° internal temperature.
- Use a spider strainer or slotted spoon to remove shrimp from hot oil.
- Drain on paper towels lining a wire rack placed over a baking sheet.
Since we built our outdoor kitchen off of the pool area last summer, we have been doing most of our deep frying outside. Best idea ever! All of the mess and the smell of the grease from frying is outside instead of in my kitchen.
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What’s the Best Pan for Deep Frying?
- We have a propane burner – like for a turkey fryer and use our Dutch Oven for deep frying. The cast iron is perfect for deep frying, maintaining the oil temperature perfectly.
- A deep-fry thermometer is super handy to make sure your oil stays at the proper temperature. You can also use a deep fryer for this shrimp recipe.
Cooking Temperature and how Long to Fry Shrimp
Shrimp cook really quickly. The oil temperature should be 350-375° and the shrimp will cook in 1-2 minutes.
What Kind of Oil is Best for Fried Shrimp?
- Peanut Oil is the best. It has a high smoke point and provides great flavor for deep frying.
- Vegetable Oil or canola oil also works well. It is less expensive and also has a good smoke point for deep frying.
Best Side Dishes for Fried Shrimp
More Shrimp Recipes to Try
- Shrimp is one of our favorite meals and this Easy Barbecue Grilled Shrimp is always a hit and this Jambalaya never fails to please.
- We love make this grilled pineapple shrimp has become one of our favorites and Shrimp and Grits is on the must-try list.
Why You Will Love this Fried Shrimp Recipe
- The crispy coating takes the shrimp to the next level of delicious.
- A quick and easy recipe for any night of the week or a great addition to fish fries.
- Classic fried shrimp makes a great bite-sized appetizer and can be made with frozen or fresh shrimp.
If you are looking for the best shrimp batter for crispy fried shrimp, give this recipe a try. It is a tried and true favorite.
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- Pour buttermilk in a bowl.
- Mix flour and Old Bay Seasoning together in a shallow dish.
- Dip shrimp in buttermilk and dredge in flour mixture. Shake off excess flour and place on a lined baking sheet.
- Place oil in a Dutch oven or heavy pan and heat to 350°.
- Fry shrimp a few at a time, 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Use a digital thermometer to test shrimp is at least 145° internal temperature.
- Remove to a paper towel lined wire rack over a baking sheet to drain.
- Serve with cocktail sauce or white barbecue sauce for dipping.
Store leftover shrimp in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days.
To reheat shrimp, place on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake in a 375° oven for about 5- 8 minutes until heated through.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 525Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 242mgSodium: 1566mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 35g
Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.