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golden brown fried shrimp on a white plate with tarter sauce, cocktail sauce and lemon slices
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5 from 83 votes

Classic Restaurant-Style Fried Shrimp

When it comes to fried seafood, my first choice will always be fried shrimp. This restaurant-style dish is amazingly easy to make and will definitely bring smiles to your dinner table. With all the money you'll save on eating out, Fried Shrimp will become a regular menu item in your home!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 1015kcal


Fried Shrimp

  • 1 lb shrimp 16-20 count, peeled and cleaned
  • ¼ cup butter milk or regular milk
  • 2 large eggs  whipped to make egg wash with milk added
  • 2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
  • corn oil for frying or vegetable oil of your choice

Tartar Sauce

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp sweet pickle relish
  • squeeze of lemon juice

Cocktail Sauce

  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ½ tsp Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp prepared horseradish *more or less as to your tastes
  • squeeze of lemon juice


Fried Shrimp

  • Preheat cooking oil to 350 -375 degrees F.
  • Peel and clean the shrimp, rinsing under cold running water.
    **this is when you can butterfly the shrimp if you like. Cut through the shrimp to open it up without completely cutting through the flesh.
  • Place the shrimp in the prepared egg wash completely covering. Remove and allow to drain briefly.
  • Place the egg-washed shrimp into the bread crumbs. Lightly pat bread crumbs onto the shrimp to completely coat.
  • Fry the shrimp until golden brown. Depending upon your frying method this could be 2-4 minutes
  • Allow shrimp to drain on a rack or paper towels before serving
  • Serve with Cocktail and tartar sauce

Tartar Sauce

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl, and refrigerate until needed.

Cocktail Sauce

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl, and refrigerate until needed.
    *If you like a spicier cocktail sauce add more horseradish.



Calories: 1015kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 71g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 774mg | Sodium: 4006mg | Potassium: 681mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 796IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 610mg | Iron: 12mg