How Long to Deep Fry Shrimp

How Long to Deep Fry Shrimp

Temperature for Frying Shrimp

The first step in making deep-fried shrimp is to get your oil up to the correct deep frying temperature. 350 to 375 degrees is the proper temperature for deep frying shrimp or other seafood. The easiest way to know the temperature is to use an oil thermometer. There are a couple of different types of oil thermometers and they can be purchased at most grocery stores.

Temp for Frying Shrimp

Always keep this in mind, 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 burner’s flame. Cooking oil dripping onto the flame will cause an oil fire. Oil can combust on an electric stove too.

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Best Oil to Fry Shrimp

Also, vegetable oil or Canola oil is considered the best oil to fry shrimp or other seafood. Olive Oil or peanut oil are two other options but are usually more expensive than vegetable oil. Also, if you are frying for a large group, some people may have peanut allergies. For this reason, you may want to avoid using peanut oil. Vegetable, corn, and Canola oil are usually the least expensive types of oil.

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How Long Do You Deep Fry Shrimp

Place the breaded shrimp into the hot oil for one to two 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 as they start to cook. If you use a drop basket, like on a deep fryer, gently shake the basket a few times. Moving the shrimp will not allow them to stick to the bottom of your pot or fryer. Don’t be surprised how quickly shrimp are finished deep frying.

How long does it take to deep fry shrimp? The shrimp will only need about 1 to 2 minutes to cook. One sure way to tell if the shrimp have finished frying is they will float near the top of the oil. Most fried food floats 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.

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Fried Shrimp Egg Wash and Seafood Breader Recipe

How to Make the Egg Wash for Deep Frying Shrimp

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

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, and you may dredge 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. 

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

Side Dishes and Condiments

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.

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Only cook about a dozen shrimp at a time. Repeat the cooking process as often 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!

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