How to Cook Fried Shrimp

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Fried shrimp are not only tasty, they are surprisingly easy to make. They can be cooked up as a quick appetizer, or served with a few side items to make a complete meal. This guide provides an easy recipe for frying your own shrimp.

Things You'll Need

  • Fresh or frozen shrimp (de-veined)
  • Cooking oil
  • Fry Pan
  • Milk
  • Seafood Breader

How To Fry Shrimp

  • If you are using frozen shrimp, thaw them overnight in the refrigerator or by briefly soaking them in cool water.

  • Peel and de-vein the shrimp. Fresh shrimp are usually de-veined before purchase. However if yours are not, simply cut a shallow slit along the back of the shrimp and remove the darkly covered "vein" that runs down the length of the body.

  • Once you have peeled and de-veined the shrimp, add one cup of milk to a large bowl and toss the shrimp in the milk to moisten them.

  • Pour approximately one cup of seafood breader onto a large plate. After removing them from the milk, roll them in the seafood breader until well coated. Alternatively the seafood breader may be place into a bag, with the shrimp added in--shake until coated well.

  • Preheat one-half to three-quarters cup of oil in medium fry pan. The oil should be hot, but not smoking.

  • Add the shrimp to the hot oil, and cook until well done, roughly four to five minutes.

  • Remove the fried shrimp from the oil, and drain on paper towels. Serve hot.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always keep seafood refrigerated until it is ready to be cooked.

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