Southern Fried Shrimp is so simple to make at home

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Made with a buttermilk and Old Bay seasoned flour for a crispy and delicious coating. A delicious dinner or easy appetizer for game day parties and celebrations.

Shrimp is one of our favorite meals and this Easy Barbecue Grilled Shrimp is always a hit and this Jambalaya never fails to please.



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How to Make Southern Fried Shrimp:

Peel and devein shrimp.
Pour buttermilk into a bowl. 
Dip shrimp in buttermilk and shake off excess.
Mix flour and Old Bay Seasoning in a gallon zip top baggie or a bowl. 
Place 4 or 5 shrimp into seasoned flour. Zip bag and shake to coat shrimp, or dredge through flour coating all sides.

Shake off additional flour and place on a clean baking sheet.

Pour oil into a dutch oven or heavy bottom pan over high heat until it reaches 350°.
Cook shrimp, a few at a time for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown and reaches at least 145° internal temperature.

Use a spider strainer to remove shrimp. 
Drain on a paper towel lined wire rack placed over a baking sheet.

Serve crispy fried shrimp with delicious Cocktail Sauce or this White Barbecue Sauce!

Since we built our outdoor kitchen off of the pool area last summer, we have been doing most of our deep frying outside. Best idea ever! All of the mess and the smell of the grease from frying is outside instead of in my kitchen.

What’s the Best Pan for Deep Frying?

We have a propane burner – like for a turkey fryer and use our Dutch Oven for deep frying. The cast iron is perfect for deep frying, maintaining the oil temperature perfectly. A thermometer is super handy to make sure your oil stays at the proper temperature.

How Long Do You Fry Shrimp?

Shrimp cook really quickly. The oil temperature should be 350-375° and the shrimp will cook in 1-2 minutes.

What Kind of Oil is Best for Fried Shrimp?

Peanut Oil is the best. It has a high smoke point and provides great flavor for deep frying.

Vegetable Oil also works well. It is less expensive and also has a good smoke point for deep frying.

Growing up in the family catfish restaurant, I truly learned to appreciate everything deep fried! Some of my favorites are Chicken Fried Steak Bites with Country Gravy, Fried Pickles, and Fried Apple Hand Pies just to name a few.

Delicious Dishes to Complete Your Meal:

Creamy Coleslaw
Cucumber Onion Salad
The Best Macaroni Salad
Oven Fried Tater Tots

We love make this grilled pineapple shrimp has become one of our favorites and Shrimp and Grits is on the must-try list.

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If you are looking for the best shrimp batter for crispy fried shrimp, give this recipe a try. It is a tried and true favorite. 




Yield: 4 servings

Southern Fried Shrimp


Easy Southern Fried Shrimp is a delicious dinner or appetizer for any occasion.

Prep Time
10 minutes

Active Time
20 minutes

Total Time
30 minutes


1 pound jumbo shrimp 21/25 count, peeled and deveined

1 cup buttermilk

2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning

4 cups vegetable oil for frying

Cocktail Sauce for Serving

White Barbecue Sauce for dipping


Pour buttermilk in a bowl.
Mix flour and Old Bay Seasoning together in a shallow dish.
Dip shrimp in buttermilk and dredge in flour mixture. Shake off excess flour and place on a lined baking sheet.
Place oil in a Dutch oven or heavy pan and heat to 350°.
Fry shrimp a few at a time, 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Use a digital thermometer to test shrimp is at least 145° internal temperature.
Remove to a paper towel lined wire rack over a baking sheet to drain.
Serve with cocktail sauce or white barbecue sauce for dipping.


Store leftover shrimp in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days.

To reheat shrimp, place on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake in a 375° oven for about 5- 8 minutes until heated through.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 4

Serving Size: 1

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 525Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 242mgSodium: 1566mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 35g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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