Fried Shrimp Recipes

Usually whenever anyone talks about fried shrimp recipes, they are referring to deep frying, as the method of cooking. In spite of that common thread, there is a considerable variation of recipes which can be made by deep frying shrimp.

Butterfly fried shrimp

Butterfly fried shrimp is largely a North American dish, and consists of shrimp which has been split down the back and flattened, before it is cooked. The splitting and flattening has the effect of producing a form which resembles a butterfly -- hence the name Butterfly shrimp.

There are numerous variations of Butterfly fried shrimp recipes, largely coming from variations in the breading ingredients and spices used. Examples include:

  • Cornmeal Butterfly Fried Shrimp which uses corn meal instead of bread crumbs.,
     
  • Indian Butterfly Fried Shrimp adds curry powder to the breading, while
     
  • Italian Butterfly Shrimps adds oregano, thyme and parsley to the bread crumbs.
     
  • Mexican Style Butterfly Shrimps will have cumin, oregano and chile powder added.
     
  • Japanese Butterfly Shrimps will replace regular bread crumbs with Japanese bread crumbs called panko. Then, after frying they are dipped into a special sauce made by combining wasabi paste with soy sauce.

Coconut Shrimp

coconut shrimpCoconut Shrimp, a classic of fried shrimp recipes, is characterized principally by incorporating shredded coconut into the coating which is applied to the shrimp before they are fried.

Different coconut fried shrimp recipes include:

  • Traditional Cayenne Coconut Shrimp adds a half teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the recipe we have above.
     
  • Curried Coconut Shrimp which includes curry powder in the coating mix instead of the traditional cayenne pepper,
     
  • Double Strength Coconut Shrimp is produced by adding unsweetened coconut milk into the coating mix.
     
  • Tropical Isle Coconut Shrimp incorporates dried banana chips, passed through a blender and tamarind juice concentrate to the coating.
     
  • Mexican Coconut Shrimp is made by adding cumin and oregano to the batter.
     
  • Peanut Coconut Shrimp adds chopped peanuts to the batter,
     
  • Pineapple Coconut Shrimp incorporates pineapple juice concentrate to the batter.

Shrimp Fritters

cajun shrimpShrimp Fritters are another style of fried shrimp recipes. You can vary the fritter variety in several ways:

  • Spicy Shrimp Fritters are made by adding cayenne pepper to the fritter mix.
     
  • Shrimp and Crab Fritters replace half of the shrimp with crabmeat which has been carefully picked over to remove shell and cartilage pieces.
     
  • Rock Shrimp Fritters substitute regular shrimp with rock shrimp in the recipe.
     
  • Okra and Shrimp Fritters add thinly sliced okra to the fritter mix.
     
  • Cornmeal shrimp fritters uses cornmeal in place of flour in preparing the fritter mix.

Lemon Fried Shrimp

Lemon Fried Shrimp is characterized by a distinct lemon sauce which is poured over batter fried shrimp.

garlic shrimpVarieties of Lemon fried shrimp recipes include

  • Herbed Lemon Shrimp which has parsley and tarragon added to the lemon sauce.
     
  • Lemon Shrimp and Mushrooms is prepared by using mushrooms in place of half the shrimp. They are battered and fried the same way as the shrimp are.
     
  • Lemon Shrimp and Scallops can be prepared by replacing half the shrimp with scallops which are battered and fried the same was the shrimp.
     
  • Chinese Savory Shrimp adds hoi sin sauce and oyster sauce to the lemon sauce.
     
  • Spicy Lemon Shrimp adds dried crushed chilies or cayenne pepper to the lemon sauce.
     
  • Szechwan Lemon Shrimp adds dried red Asian chilies and Szechwan peppercorns to the lemon sauce.

Popcorn Shrimp

Contrary to what many people would have you believe, Popcorn Shrimp is not an invention of Red Lobster who have done a lot to make it widely known. It has long been a favorite dish along the Gulf Coast.

The basic trick to perfect popcorn shrimp is to cut the shrimp into small enough chunks so that you end up with an equal amount of shrimp and crunchy crust in each bite. It recommended to serve it as soon as they're done with lots of cool drinks on hand.

Variations of Popcorn Shrimp:

  • Extra-Crunchy Popcorn Shrimp uses Japanese panko bread crumbs instead of cornmeal in the batter.
     
  • Szechwan Garlic Popcorn Shrimp adds Szechwan Cold Garlic sauce to the shrimp after they're cooked, or use it as a dip.
     
  • Herbed Popcorn Shrimp substitutes chopped parsley, thyme, rosemary or oregano in the batter in place of cayenne pepper.
     
  • Balsamic Vinegar Popcorn Shrimp. Simply sprinkle balsamic vinegar over the hot shrimp when they are being drained on paper towels.
     
  • Honey Mustard Popcorn Shrimp. Use any honey mustard sauce to pour over the cooked shrimp or as a dip.

Sesame Shrimp

shrimp tempuraThe secret to perfect Chinese style Sesame Shrimp is the addition of sesame seeds to the batter in which the shrimps are fried and the use of a flavorful and spicy soy sauce mixture.

To create variations of this:

  • Ginger Snap Sesame Shrimp is made by adding finely minced fresh ginger when the stir-frying is being done.
     
  • Extra spicy Sesame Shrimp is made by adding more chile oil and additional dried chilies to the recipe.
     
  • Want to cut down on calories? Instead of deep frying the shrimp, add them to the stir fry raw, and cook them about 2 minutes longer, making sure they come out pink and firm.

Sweet and Sour Shrimp

Sweet and Sour Shrimp has always been one of my favorite Chinese dishes, which is basically a battered deep fried shrimp served with a good sweet and sour sauce.

Sweet and Sour Shrimp Variations:

  • Mushrooms and Shrimp Sweet and Sour, is created by replacing half of the shrimps with fresh button mushrooms which are cleaned and battered in place of the shrimp they replace.
     
  • Sweet and Sour Cauliflower Shrimp is made by replacing half of the shrimp with cauliflower florets which are battered and fried.
     
  • Heart-Healthy Sweet and Sour Shrimp is made by putting the raw shrimp, without any batter into the sweet and sour sauce and simmering it for about 1 minute, then letting it stand without heat for another 5 minutes while the shrimp finish cooking.

If that's not enough, here's a couple more to check out:

So as you can see, there are a lot of ways to create variations on fried shrimp recipes, and the selection I have provided here is just the tip of the iceberg. I'm certain you'll come up with some very interesting creations of your own, and I hope you'll share them with us.

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