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Easy Fried Shrimp Recipe

Southern style fried shrimp with a light, crispy breading.
5 from 12 votes


  • 1 pound clean & deveined shrimp
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk or buttermilk
  • 1 cup cracker meal or corn meal
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning Cajun, Old Bay, or a combination of salt and pepper).
  • vegetable oil enough to be about 1 inch deep in pan of your choice


  • Season shrimp with 1/2 of your seasoning of choice and set aside for about 10 minutes.
  • Combine cracker meal or cornmeal and remaining seasoning.
  • Combine egg and milk.
  • Dip each shrimp in milk mixture and allow to drain for a few seconds before coating in meal. Repeat with all shrimp.
  • Cook in hot oil heated over medium to medium-high heat or at 350-375 of deep fryer about 2-3 minutes or just until lightly browned.
  • Drain on absorbent paper before serving.


Add shrimp to hot oil gradually to allow time for temperature of oil to remain consistently hot. 
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