This simple yet delightful Southern Fried Shrimp recipe offers a quick and flavorful dish with a crispy exterior.



Canola oil

2 large eggs, beaten

1 cup whole milk

2 tablespoons Chile hot sauce (e.g., Cholula)

2 pounds large peeled, deveined raw shrimp

3/4 cup (about 3 1/4 oz.) all-purpose flour

2/3 cup (about 2 7/8 oz.) cornmeal

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

For serving: lemon wedges, cocktail sauce, rémoulade (optional)

How To Prepare Fried Shrimps:

Step 1:

Pour oil into a large deep skillet to a depth of 2 inches and heat over medium-high to 370°F. While the oil is heating, whisk together eggs, milk, and hot sauce in a shallow dish. Add shrimp to the mixture, tossing to coat. In a separate shallow dish, whisk together flour, cornmeal, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.

Step 2:

Remove 6 to 8 shrimp from the egg mixture, shaking off excess, and dredge them in the flour mixture. Place the dredged shrimp in the hot oil, frying until the coating is golden and crisp, approximately 2 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the fried shrimp to a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Repeat the process with the remaining shrimp, ensuring the oil is brought back to 370°F before adding each batch.

Step 3:

Serve the fried shrimp with lemon wedges and, if desired, alongside cocktail sauce and rémoulade. Enjoy this delicious and crunchy Southern Fried Shrimp dish!