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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

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!

Homemade Fried Shrimp
Homemade Fried Shrimp

1 lb. medium-large raw, cleaned & deveined shrimp
3/4 c. cornstarch
2 c. water
1 egg
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.

Raw homemade fried shrimp

*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*

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Comments on "Homemade Fried Shrimp"

 

Blogger ilva said ... (8/15/2006 7:38 AM) : 

Sounds great Lisa, I will try this when I'm back as I am searching for the ultimate frying batter

 

Blogger Acme Instant Food said ... (8/15/2006 11:06 AM) : 

Mmmmm panko...coconut...they're all good!

 

Anonymous Ellie said ... (8/15/2006 4:43 PM) : 

Hehehe, I can see what you mean, they really do look like they've been coated in coconut! Ah heck, it's shrimp, Kevin's right - it's all good ;)

 

Blogger Lis said ... (8/16/2006 6:30 AM) : 

Ilva - ohh I can't wait to see what you do with the recipe! :D

Kevin & Ellie - hehehe I agree 100% I've converted him on a few things he doesn't like.. one day I will convert him to like coconut shrimp as I love it and hate that I can't make it at home. One day!

 

Blogger Meeta said ... (8/17/2006 3:31 PM) : 

oh! oh! Ooooh! This looks soo great, Lis! I love freid shrip, but have not found the perfect batter. Yours looks just right! Yummmy!

 

Blogger Lis said ... (8/17/2006 8:58 PM) : 

Hi Meeta! It was pretty darned good.. and very easy! So good that I think I'm going to try this on chunks of chicken tenders sometime!

 

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