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Kickin' Fried Shrimp

Servings 10
Author Melissa Sperka

Ingredients

  • 2 lb medium raw shrimp peeled, deveined tails removed
  • 2 1/2 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup plain yellow cornmeal
  • 3 1/2 tsp seafood seasoning divided [i.e. Seafood Magic, Old Bay, Cajun-Creole]
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1 1/2 cup whole buttermilk
  • oil for frying

Instructions

  • Season the shrimp with 1/2 tsp seafood seasoning and set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the self-rising flour, cornmeal, 3 tsp seafood seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, and ground cumin.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 large eggs and 1 1/2 cups whole buttermilk.
  • Toss the seasoned shrimp with 1/3 cup of the seasoned flour-cornmeal breading.
  • Spread out into a single layer so they won't clump.
  • Dip each piece in the buttermilk-egg wash.
  • Toss in the seasoned flour-cornmeal breading shaking off any excess.
  • Heat 4 inches of oil in a dutch oven or heavy bottomed saucepan to 350°F. Do not overfill the pot.
  • Fry the shrimp in batches for 2-3 minutes [depending on the size of the shrimp] until golden and crispy. Adjust the heat periodically to maintain the temperature of the oil while frying.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the crispy golden shrimp to a paper towel lined pan to drain.
  • Repeat until all of the shrimp is fried. Sprinkle with additional seasoning after frying, if desired. Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce.

Notes

Self-rising flour has salt and baking powder already added. The baking powder adds a light and crispy texture to the breading that makes it so delicious! The salt in the flour and in the seafood seasoning makes it unnecessary to add additional salt to the breading. If needed, adjust to your taste.