Famous Fried Shrimp

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Southern Living Off the Eaten Path Favorite Southern Dives and 150 Recipes

  • Yield: 3 Servings


  • 1 lb unpeeled, jumbo raw wild shrimp (16/20 count)
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¾ cup self-rising flour
How to Make It
  1. Peel shrimp, leaving tails on; devein, if desired. Combine salt and 3 cups water in a large bowl. Add shrimp to brine; let stand 20 minutes.
  2. Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven; heat over medium-high heat to 375°.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together egg and milk in a medium bowl. Place flour in a shallow dish.
  4. Drain shrimp; pat dry. Dip shrimp in egg mixture; dredge in flour, shaking off excess. Fry shrimp, 6 at a time, 2 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels.

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