Panko-Fried Shrimp for Two

Panko-Fried Shrimp Recipe

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  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings

For years, fried shrimp - especially breaded and fried shrimp - have had a terrible reputation. Restaurants everywhere served tiny, dried-out shrimp surrounded by a thick layer of greasy batter or breading, made palatable only by a big serving of cocktail sauce. Done right, and they're delicious - moist and flavorful on the inside, surrounded by a thin crunchy panko coating.

Shrimp are sorted and sold by "count," meaning the average number in a pound. The higher the number, the smaller the shrimp. For this recipe, choose ​medium (31 to 35) or large (21 to 30); that way the shrimp will cook through at the same rate that the panko browns, so they'll remain juicy.

Ingredients

  • 8 to 12 medium raw shrimp (or large raw shrimp, more or less, depending on appetite)
  • Pinch Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon yogurt (or milk)
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 6 cups vegetable oil (or peanut oil for frying)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. If the shrimp are in the shell, peel, and devein them. You can leave the tails on for looks if you like, or remove them.

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  3. Sprinkle the shrimp lightly with salt.

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  4. Place the flour in a small shallow dish.

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  5. Beat the egg with the yogurt or milk, until thoroughly combined, and pour into another small shallow dish or bowl.

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  6. Place the panko in a third dish.

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  7. Choose a heavy-bottomed pan large enough to hold all the shrimp in a single layer. Pour enough oil into the pan to reach a depth of at least 1/2-inch (3/4-inch is preferred). Heat the oil over medium-high heat to 360 F.

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  8. As the oil heats, coat the shrimp evenly with the flour in the first bowl.

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  9. A few at a time, transfer to the egg mixture and turn over to coat with egg.

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  10. Finally, transfer to the bowl with the panko and coat the shrimp with an even, thin coat of crumbs.

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  11. When the oil is hot, carefully add the coated shrimp in a single layer. Cook for about 2 minutes, or until the first side is a deep golden brown.

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  12. Turn the shrimp over and cook an additional minute or 2, or until the second side is golden brown.

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  13. Remove the shrimp and place on a rack or paper towels to drain. If using paper towels, remove the shrimp after a minute or two so they don't reabsorb the oil.

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  14. Serve hot and enjoy!

Tips

  • While these shrimp are good on their own, they're even better with chermoula (spicy herb sauce), red table salsa, or the dipping sauce from crab rangoon.