This fiery Buffalo Shrimp Recipe will bring the heat to your dinner and appetizer menus. Cool down with a side of buttermilk ranch or blue cheese dip and enjoy a restaurant favorite at home.
Do you ever feel like just snacking for your dinner? You know the days I'm talking about, those days you're in the mood for finger foods instead of a full scale meal. Those are the kind of days I serve up Cajun seasoned wings, buffalo wings or dips like my chicken bacon ranch dip or three cheesesteak dip. It's a fun way to bring variety to meal time and my boys go for it every single time. This buffalo shrimp is a family favorite, that's packed with flavor and perfect for dipping, too.
Helpful Tips for Cooking Shrimp
The biggest mistake you can make when preparing shrimp is over-cooking it. Depending on the size, shrimp takes mere minutes to cook, and can be ready to eat in no time flat.
- Adjust the cooking time based on the size of the shrimp you're frying. I used jumbo shrimp for this recipe. You may adapt using whatever size you enjoy most.
- This recipe can be easily halved, including the delicious buffalo sauce.
- The purpose of allowing the shrimp chill time after breading is so that, the breading will fully coat and adhere to each piece. I highly recommend using a large storage bag for easy clean-up.
- You may serve this shrimp with a homemade ranch dip or blue cheese dip to cool down the heat.
- You may also adapt the amount of cayenne in the recipe to suit your taste.
Other Shrimp Recipes to Try
If you're a fan of Cajun food, checkout my recipe for shrimp creole. Another simple dinner option is shrimp scampi or shrimp salad for warm weather meals. You may also enjoy this recipe for shrimp cocktail from Barefeet in the Kitchen.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Buffalo Shrimp Recipe
- 1 ½ cup all purpose flour
- ½ cup cornstarch
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 ½ tsp Creole or seafood seasoning
- 1 tsp granulated garlic or garlic powder
- 1 tsp lemon pepper
- 1 tsp cayenne may adjust to taste
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp cumin
- 2 lb jumbo or large tail-on shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1 quart vegetable or peanut oil for frying
- 1 cup hot sauce i.e. Frank's
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 1 tsp cayenne
- ½ tsp granulated garlic
- few dashes Worcestershire sauce
- In a large plastic storage bag, toss together flour, cornstarch, salt, Creole or seafood seasoning, garlic, lemon pepper, onion powder and cumin. Seal bag and shake until seasonings are evenly distributed.
- Add shrimp. Seal bag and toss until coated. Set bag, into fridge open for 30 minutes. Repeat sealing and shaking after 15 minutes of chill time.
- Heat oil to 350-360°F. Remove shrimp from fridge and seal bag and shake again to coat.
- Fry in batches for 2-3 minutes until golden. Have nearby a pan lined with paper towels. Remove with a slotted spoon to drain on pan. Season with additional seafood or Creole seasoning immediately.
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt together hot sauce, butter, cayenne, garlic and Worcestershire sauce. Keep warm.
- After all shrimp is cooked, toss in sauce. Serve immediately with bleu cheese or ranch dip and celery on the side.