There are a few ways to fry shrimp. Some people prefer deep fried shrimp, while others like to pan-fry them. Still others like to add shrimp to stir-fries. All of these methods involve frying your shrimp, even though the techniques vary.
The most important part of getting good fried shrimp is getting good quality shrimp. If you are lucky enough to have a good fish market nearby that gets fresh shrimp from the coast, pick out their best. If not, you can get some tasty frozen shrimp. If you use frozen, make sure you defrost them thoroughly before frying. Ice crystals and oil do not mix well and can cause overflows in deep fryers and spattering in frying pans, which in turn can cause injuries.
Deep Fried Shrimp
Everyone loves deep fried shrimp. With a crisp crust covering a sweet, tender interior, deep fried shrimp are a delicious treat anytime. To make great deep fried shrimp, you need a good oil that withstands high temperatures like peanut or sunflower oil. They do not break down when they get hot.
You also need a good batter or breading recipe. You can roll your shrimp in a light batter like tempura or create a heavier breading using breadcrumbs. Light batters require very little ingredients; just some flour, salt, egg and ice water. Heavier breadings need you to dip your shrimp in cornstarch or flour, then beaten egg, and then in breadcrumbs.
You can leave your shrimp in their natural state after peeling the shell away, or you can butterfly your shrimp. If you purchase larger sized shrimp, butterflying makes them look wonderful. To butterfly your shrimp, cut down the back of the shrimp and remove the black vein. Now, make the cut deeper, almost going through the entire depth of the shrimp, but not quite.
Heat your oil up to 375 degrees F. Batter your shrimp and fry them in small batches. Each batch should take only 2 or 3 minutes per side. Let the shrimp drain on paper towels to remove excess oil and enjoy.
Pan Fried Shrimp
Pan-frying shrimp is a quick and easy way to enjoy this fresh seafood. All you need to do is clean your shrimp, season it with your choice of herbs and spices, and cook it in a tablespoon or two of oil in a skillet until the meat turns opaque. That is how easy this is. You can enjoy a plate of shrimp in minutes.
Stir Fry Shrimp
Stir-frying is a healthy way to cook a fast meal. With a little oil heating in a wok, you add a touch of garlic and let it brown for a few seconds. Add the shrimp, stirring it as it quickly turns pink. As soon as the shrimp turn opaque (about 2 minutes), remove them from the pan. Add in your vegetables that you want to cook and let them fry for a couple minutes. Drop the shrimp back in briefly and add your sauce. The whole meal is cooked in less than 10 minutes.
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