Homemade Fried Shrimp
|I've put Hubbs in charge of figuring out what's for dinner since I still can't quite find anything that sounds good. Normally if I were to ask him to tell me in the morning what he wants for dinner that night I'll get the, "I don't know.. I haven't even had my 2nd cup of coffee yet." answer.. but because (I think) he's sick of carry-out and delivery pizza he was cooperative yesterday morning and told me he wanted shrimp. I was just left to figure out the way to prepare it.|
Now I'm not a big fried shrimp fan.. I prefer my shrimp to be "cocktail" style, grilled or sauteed, but he's a big fried fan and I saw this recipe on All Recipes a while back and jotted it down. The following recipe is slightly different than the original one posted because after reading all of the reviews, I took advice of a lot of people and cut the breading part in half, used Panko and seasoned the crumbs quite a bit. I must say, these were better than any restaurant fried shrimp I've ever had. Very crispy and quite flavorful. I served them, simply, with Israeli couscous and sauteed swiss chard - it was a nice quick dinner that hit the spot!
1 lb. medium-large raw, cleaned & deveined shrimp
3/4 c. cornstarch
2 c. water
2 c. Panko or regular bread crumbs
2 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt
Oil for frying
Set the deep fryer or heat a skillet with oil to 350ºF.
In a medium bowl, whisk together cornstarch, water and egg. In another bowl, combine Panko, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper and salt.
Dip the shrimp in the cornstarch mixture and then dredge through the bread crumbs. Then dip the shrimp once again in the cornstarch mixture and dredge again through the bread crumbs. Fry in small batches of 5-7 shrimp until goldeny brown and delicious.
*Note: Hubbs looked at these raw shrimp and thought they had coconut on them.. I thought he was going to have a stroke.. it was kinda funny. *grin*