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Southern Fried Shrimp Recipe: A Culinary Delight


In the realm of culinary delights, Southern Fried Shrimp stands tall as a timeless classic. The crispy exterior paired with the succulent freshness of shrimp makes it an irresistible dish for seafood enthusiasts. Here, we present a foolproof recipe that not only tantalizes the taste buds but also provides an immersive cooking experience.

Ingredients: A Symphony of Flavors

Before embarking on this culinary journey, gather the following ingredients:

  • Canola oil
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons Chile hot sauce (such as 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)

Crafting Culinary Magic: How to Make Fried Shrimps

Step 1: Preparing the Shrimp

  • Pour canola oil into a large deep skillet, ensuring a depth of 2 inches. Heat over medium-high to a precise 370°F.
  • While the oil reaches the desired temperature, whisk together eggs, milk, and Chile hot sauce in a shallow dish. Add shrimp to the mixture, ensuring an even coat.

Step 2: Dredging and Frying

  • In a separate shallow dish, whisk together all-purpose flour, cornmeal, kosher salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  • Remove 6 to 8 shrimp from the egg mixture, shaking off excess; dredge in the flour mixture.
  • Place dredged shrimp in the hot oil, frying until the coating turns 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 returns to 370°F before adding each batch.

Step 3: Presentation

  • Serve the Southern Fried Shrimp with a flourish – accompanied by lemon wedges, cocktail sauce, and optionally, a tantalizing touch of rémoulade.

Why Southern Fried Shrimp?

The allure of this Southern delicacy lies not only in its exquisite taste but also in the ease with which it can be prepared. The combination of simple ingredients transforms into a dish that captures the essence of Southern comfort food.

Culinary Tips for Perfection

To ensure your Southern Fried Shrimp is an unparalleled culinary delight, consider the following tips:

  • Freshness Matters: Opt for the freshest shrimp available, as it significantly impacts the final taste.
  • Oil Temperature: Maintain the oil temperature at 370°F for that perfect crispiness without excessive absorption.
  • Even Coating: Achieve an even coating by shaking off excess egg mixture before dredging in the flour mixture.
  • Batch Control: Fry shrimp in small batches, allowing each batch to cook evenly and maintain consistent quality.


In the realm of seafood, Southern Fried Shrimp stands as a testament to the artistry of Southern cuisine. With its golden crispiness and succulent core, this dish has secured its place in the hearts of food enthusiasts. Whether it’s a family dinner or a gathering of friends, the Southern Fried Shrimp recipe promises a culinary journey that transcends the ordinary.

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Laura J. Boss

Meet Laura J. Boss, a passionate blogger and cooking enthusiast who loves to experiment with different recipes and cuisines from around the world. Born and raised in a small town, I grew up watching my mother cook and developed a keen interest in the art of cooking from an early age.After completing my education, I decided to pursue my passion for cooking and started my own food blog. My blog features a wide range of recipes, from traditional family favorites to fusion dishes that I have created myself. My blog has gained a huge following, with many of my readers trying out my recipes and sharing their own cooking experiences.When I am not cooking up a storm in the kitchen, I enjoy traveling and exploring new cultures. I believe that food is an important part of every culture, and love to learn about new ingredients and cooking techniques from around the world.Through my blog, I aim to inspire and encourage others to cook and experiment with different flavors and ingredients. I believe that cooking is not just about making delicious meals, but also about sharing love and creating memories with family and friends.Whether you are a beginner or an experienced cook, my blog has something for everyone. So why not give my recipes a try and discover the joy of cooking for yourself?