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Fried Shrimp – Southern Style

Fried Shrimp

I could literally eat my weight in fried shrimp.  Back in the day, my dad would bring home a 50lb cooler of shrimp, straight from the Kemah docks, and we would clean shrimp and freeze them all weekend – but always made a huge batch of fried shrimp when we were done.  I don’t believe my mother knew any other way to cook them, fried is still BEST.

Fried Shrimp – Southern Style

Ingredients

  • Raw, deveined shrimp – I seriously allow 1lb per peson
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried mustard

How to Do It:

  1. Place shrimp in a covered bowl, and pour buttermilk to cover. Toss around just a bit to coat all the shrimp, refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together in a gallon ziplock bag for easy cleanup. When you are ready to fry your shrimp, preheat cast iron, or deep fryer to 375. Using a strainer, take an amount that is appropriate for your pan or fryer and place in a strainer, allowing the buttermilk to drain off slightly. Give it a shake or two.
  3. Place in the bag with dry mix – and shake until coated.
  4. Fry until golden brown. To keep shrimp crispy while completing the cooking – place in a warm oven, 225 or so, on a rack.
  5. Serve with Home Made Tartar Sauce and Ketchup mixed with Horseradish for extra zing.
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