Breaded shrimp are flavorful and easy to make. Once you have done the breading the shrimp will only take a minute or two to cook through. You just have to peel and devein some shrimp, then dredge them in breading and fry until golden brown. To see if the shrimp are cooked, cut one in half to check it is opaque (not shiny or translucent) in the center.
This recipe is enjoyed all over the globe, from humble homes and cafes to top class restaurants. You can get breaded shrimp with sweet ‘n sour sauce in the McDonalds restaurants in Greece sometimes. Breaded shrimp can be found in the freezer section of the grocery store or you can make your own very easily. Use large or medium shrimp if you can, because they are easier to work with than the very small ones.
Use Japanese-style breadcrumbs for the breading if you have them. These are made from bread without crusts which makes them lighter and flakier than standard breadcrumbs. Alternatively you can use cornmeal or crushed flaked cereal. Try adding some herbs spices, shredded coconut, ground nuts or parmesan if you like, to liven up the flavor. If you do not want to use the egg wash, you can use ranch dressing, buttermilk, or any other thick liquid instead. As long as the breadcrumbs will stick to it, it will be fine.
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 lb peeled, deveined shrimp
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon water
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- Oil, for deep-frying
- Stir the egg and water together using a fork until combined.
- Mix the flour with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder in a second bowl.
- Put the breadcrumbs in a third bowl.
- Dredge a shrimp in the seasoned flour, then in the egg wash, and finally press it into the breadcrumbs.
- Set the shrimp on a nonstick surface such as a sheet of baking paper.
- Repeat until all the shrimp are breaded.
- Heat a couple of inches of oil to 375 degrees F in your deep-fryer.
- Lower in the shrimp, 1 at a time, until the basket is almost full.
- Do not overcrowd the shrimp.
- Cook the shrimp for a minute or two if they are medium or 3 minutes if they are large.
- When they are golden brown and slightly curled they are done.
- Drain on paper towels and serve hot.
- If you prefer to bake them, arrange the shrimp on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet in one layer then spray lightly with cooking oil.
- Bake in a preheated 450 degree F oven for 12 minutes or until done.
- You can serve the shrimp with sweet and sour sauce or with tartar sauce if liked.
Breaded shrimp is great comfort food. It is up to you whether to leave the tails on like you see in the photo or remove them, but leaving them on looks nice and you can pick the shrimp up by the tail end. Serve a dipping sauce if you want, or even a selection. Another idea is to serve this breaded shrimp recipe with some lemon wedges for squeezing over them. Serve these hot, after draining the excess oil on paper towels for a minute or so. Kids and adults love breaded shrimp, and you will love how quick and easy they are to prepare and cook.
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