Deep Fried Shrimp

Cooking instructions on how to deep fry shrimp

What temperature to deep fry shrimp?

Deep Fried Shrimp
Deep Fried Shrimp

The first step in making deep fried shrimp is to get your oil up to temperature. 350 to 375 degrees is the proper temperature for deep frying shrimp or any other seafood. 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. Oil will start to smoke and burn if it gets above 400 degrees. Also, never cover hot oil while it is still on the burner. The oil will overflow the cooker and drip onto the flame of the burner. This will cause an oil fire.

Fried Shrimp Egg Wash and Seafood Breader Recipe

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 Cups of House-Autry Seafood Breader mixed with 2 tbs of Old Bay

How to make the egg wash for frying shrimp

How to Make an Egg Wash.
Video courtesy of Coastal Caterers.

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. Place your shrimp in the egg wash, then 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. We recommend House-Autry seafood breader, but any seafood breader you choose will do.

Peel your shrimp, but leave the tails still on. This is a standard way to prepare shrimp for deep frying, but you can remove the tails also if you prefer.

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Deep Frying Instructions

How long to fry shrimp?

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 gently shake the basket a few times. By moving 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.

How hot should oil be to deep fry shrimp? 350 to 375 degrees but never let in get above 400 degrees.

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!

See our Shrimp Boil recipe, Garlic Olive Oil Shrimp, or Blackened Mahi Mahi recipe.