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Easy Fried Shrimp

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Enjoy the crunch of easy fried shrimp with this simple recipe. Coated in a flavorful batter and crispy panko breadcrumbs, then fried to perfection, this easy recipe is ready in just 25 minutes!

panko fried shrimp on skewer

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If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the lookout for quick and delicious recipes to satisfy those cravings without spending hours in the kitchen.

Well, have I got a treat for you today!

This fried shrimp is a simple yet flavorful dish that brings the taste of the ocean right to your kitchen. The succulent shrimp is coated in a light, crispy batter, fried to perfection until they’re irresistibly crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside.

Whether you’re serving it as an appetizer at your next gathering, adding it to a salad for a light and satisfying meal, or simply enjoying it on its own with your favorite dipping sauce, this recipe is the ultimate go-to.

So, let’s get cooking!

Why I love this recipe

There’s something truly special about the satisfying crunch of perfectly fried shrimp, and this recipe delivers just that! Here’s why I can’t get enough of it:

  • the panko coating locks in all the juicy flavor of the shrimp while providing the perfect crispy texture.
  • with just a handful of ingredients and a few simple steps, this recipe is incredibly easy to make.


panko fried shrimp ingredients
  • flour
  • all-purpose seasoning
  • jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails
  • eggs
  • panko bread crumbs
  • oil
  • lemons

Step by step

  1. Preheat the oil in a deep pot to 350°F.
  2. In separate bowls, set up your coating stations. Combine the seasoning and flour in one bowl, beat the eggs in another, and pour the panko breadcrumbs into a third bowl.
  3. Take each shrimp and pat it dry, then dredge it in the flour mixture, ensuring it’s fully covered. Then, dip it into the egg mixture, making sure the egg coats the shrimp entirely. Finally, gently roll the shrimp in the panko breadcrumbs, ensuring it’s evenly coated for that perfect crunch. Set breaded shrimp aside on a plate.
  4. Working in batches, carefully place 6 or 8 shrimp into the preheated oil. Fry them until they turn a glorious golden brown color, which should take about 5 minutes. Repeat this process until all of the shrimp have been fried to crispy perfection.
  5. Once fried, transfer the shrimp to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil, ensuring without any unnecessary grease. Serve them up with lemon wedges as a delightful garnish, if desired.
gif of stirring bowl

Tips for Best Results

  • Use fresh, high-quality shrimp for the best flavor and texture. Fresh shrimp will provide a sweet and succulent taste, enhancing the overall dish.
  • Properly peel, devein, and pat dry the shrimp with paper towels before coating them. This ensures that the coating adheres well to the shrimp and results in a crispy exterior when fried.
  • Choose a neutral oil with a high smoke point, such as vegetable oil, canola oil, or peanut oil, and heat it to the correct temperature before frying. This ensures quick and even cooking, resulting in golden-brown, crispy shrimp without becoming greasy.
panko fried shrimp on cutting board with lemon wedges and cocktail sauce

Serving suggestion

These crispy treats are versatile and can be paired with a variety of side dishes. Try serving them with a side of tangy cocktail sauce or zesty tartar sauce for an extra burst of flavor. They also pair well with a fresh salad, steamed vegetables, garlic rice, or a bowl of creamy pasta. YOu can also use them for shrimp tacos or shrimp nachos as well.


Feeling adventurous? Here are some variations to spice up your fried shrimp:

  • add cayenne pepper or hot sauce to the flour mixture for a fiery twist.
  • mix grated Parmesan cheese with the panko breadcrumbs for extra flavor.
  • replace all-purpose seasoning with soy sauce and ginger for an Asian-inspired flair.


To store any leftovers fried shrimp, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to two days. To reheat, simply pop them in the oven or air fryer until warmed through and crispy again.

If you try this recipe please comment and rate it below, I love hearing from you!

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Enjoy the crunch of easy fried shrimp with this simple recipe. Coated in a flavorful batter and crispy panko breadcrumbs, then fried to perfection, this easy recipe is ready in just 25 minutes!


  • 1⁄2 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose seasoning
  • 1 to 1 1/2 lbs jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 3 cups oil
  • 12 lemons


  1. Preheat the oil in a deep pot to 350°F.
  2. Prepare coating stations in separate bowls: seasoning and flour in one, beaten eggs in another, and panko bread crumbs in a third bowl.
  3. Pat the shrimp dry then dip into the flour mixture, then dip in beaten eggs, and finally roll in breadcrumbs. Set aside.
  4. Working in batches, fry 6 – 8 shrimp at a time until golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  5. Drain fried shrimp on paper towels. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 928
  • Sugar: 2.5 g
  • Sodium: 733.3 mg
  • Fat: 87.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.6 g
  • Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 17.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 137.7 mg




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