Cooking instructions on how to deep fry shrimp
The first step in making deep fried shrimp is to get your oil up to temperature. 350 to 375 degrees is the proper deep frying temperature. The easiest way to know the temperature is to use an oil thermometer. Vegetable oil works great for frying shrimp.
Do not let your oil get above 400 degrees. The oil will start to smoke and burn. Never cover hot oil while it is still on the burner.
Peel your shrimp, but leave the tails still on. This is a standard way to prepare shrimp for deep frying. Make an egg wash to coat your shrimp with a seafood breader. House-Autry makes a great seafood breader, but any seafood breader you choose will do. Place your shrimp into a bowl of egg wash consisting of two eggs and two cups of milk. Whisk the eggs and milk until they are well blended. Remove the shrimp from the egg wash and put them into a bowl of seafood breader. Coat the shrimp thoroughly, you may put the shrimp through the egg wash and breader twice if you like.
Deep Frying Instructions
Place the breaded shrimp into the hot oil for two to three minutes. When you first put the shrimp in the oil, the shrimp will sink to the bottom of the fryer. Use a large metal spoon to move the shrimp around a little bit as they start to cook. If you are using a drop basket just shake the basket a few times. This way the shrimp will not stick to the bottom of your fryer.
The shrimp will only need about 2 to 3 minutes to cook. One sure way to tell if the shrimp are cooked, they will float on top of the oil. Most fried food will float when it has finished cooking.
Remove the deep fried shrimp from the oil and place them on a plate or pan covered with paper towels. Doing this will allow for excess cooking oil to drain from the shrimp. Your deep fried shrimp are now ready to eat. Cocktail sauce, lemon butter, or Tartar sauce go great with fried shrimp on any other type of fried seafood. French Fries, Hush Puppies, and Coleslaw make great sides.
Only cook about a dozen shrimp at a time. Repeat the cooking process as many times as you need to feed your guests. 10-12 shrimp per person is a standard serving size.
You can follow these instructions for fried oysters, fried fish, fried clams, fried scallops, and more!