Since yesterday’s Fat Tuesday, I have been thinking about spicy and seafood and good old fashioned, down home cooking. Southern cooking is delicious and a lot of the deliciousness is fried! Not always the healthiest for you, but everything in moderation. Enjoying a fried shrimp appetizer or meal can be a fun treat for you and however you are cooking for!
Almost-Famous Spicy Fried Shrimp
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Asian chili sauce (such as sambal oelek)
- 2 teaspoons honey
- Kosher salt
For the Shrimp:
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup all-purpose gluten free flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 1/4 pounds small shrimp, peeled and deveined
- Bibb lettuce leaves, for serving
- Thinly sliced scallions, for garnish
- First, make the dipping sauce. Mix the mayonnaise, chili sauce, honey, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon water in a large bowl; set aside.
- Now prepare the shrimp: Heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350ºF.( If you don’t have a deep-fry thermometer, test how hot the oil is by wetting your hand a little and spritz a little of the water on the pan. If the water dances, you pan is ready)
- Meanwhile, whisk the eggs in a shallow bowl. Whisk the flour, cornstarch and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper in another shallow bowl.
- Working in batches, dredge the shrimp in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess, dip in the beaten eggs, then return to the flour mixture, turning to form a thick crust. Fry the shrimp in the hot oil until lightly golden, 1 to 2 minutes, adjusting the heat as needed to maintain the oil temperature. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon.
- Toss the shrimp with the prepared sauce. Arrange the lettuce in a shallow serving bowl or on individual plates. Top with the shrimp and garnish with scallions.
Enjoy with your favorite sides! Meals out of an appetizer or enjoy lots of small plates. Small plate dining is becoming very popular!
Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut and a Special Events/Event Planning and Social Media Intern at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney.