Savor the flavor of delicious shrimp with a crispy panko crust when you prepare this easy Panko Fried Shrimp recipe. The delicious shrimp makes for the perfect appetizer, but it’s also great as the main course when served with sides!
This Panko Fried Shrimp recipe is a perfect choice when you’re in the mood for a meatless dish. Prepared with large peeled shrimp, panko breadcrumbs, and a blend of seasonings, you’ll have the perfect crispy, crunchy entree to enjoy by itself or with some fresh cocktail sauce on the side.
Panko Fried Shrimp
When it comes to seafood, I’m all for it and always looking for fun ways to prepare it for dinner. When you’re in the mood for something that doesn’t involve the usual chicken, pork, or beef, you can try this recipe and serve it with some of your favorite sides, such as mashed potatoes, homemade fried, or even fresh veggies! What I love most about this shrimp recipe, besides its incredible taste and texture, is that it’s so simple to prepare.
Why You’ll Love This Panko Shrimp
Panko Shrimp tastes amazing because the crunchy breading provides the perfect texture and the blend of seasonings enhances the taste of this incredible seafood. Expect to enjoy this dish for many reasons, such as:
- Easy to Make – It’s not hard to prepare this flavorful dish. Even if you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, you can still quickly and easily bread the shrimp, frying it in peanut oil before serving it with your favorite sides.
- So Good – It’s super tasty and perfect for eating alone or with other things. For example, you can toss these breaded shrimp in a tortilla shell and make a fish taco.
- Customizable – Create different flavors with this recipe by using different seasonings. You can add spice using cayenne pepper or cajun seasoning, whichever you like best.
Shrimp with Panko Breading Ingredients
- Peanut Oil – Use peanut oil to fry the shrimp to perfection. It heats well and offers a great flavor.
- Large Shrimp – The bigger, the better. Use large shrimp and make sure to peel them and devein them before using them.
- Garlic Powder – Add flavor to your breadcrumb mixture by using garlic powder as a prominent seasoning.
- Panko Breadcrumbs – These breadcrumbs are perfect for getting that crisp crunch that you’ll love.
- Onion Powder – The onion powder pairs well with the garlic powder to give these shrimp even more flavor.
You can also serve the shrimp with lemon wedges, squeezing a bit of extra lemon juice on top because that acidic punch goes well with the shrimp and breading.
Deep Fried Shrimp Variations
- Spicy – Add chili powder and cayenne pepper to your breading mixture to prepare a spicier version of this delicious shrimp.
- Jumbo – If you want even bigger shrimp, go for the jumbo kind instead of the large ones.
- Cajun – Create a creole-style version of the shrimp using cajun spices, such as cajun seasoning, blackened seasoning, and even smoked paprika.
Panko Fried Shrimp Tips
- Use all kinds of seasoning blends to prepare a unique version of this dish. From Old Bay to lemon pepper, creole, and more, you can use what you like to give these shrimp a personalized flavor that you’ll love best.
- If you don’t want to use traditional panko breadcrumbs, feel free to use the seasoned kind, with a bit of flavor added to them for your convenience.
- If you’re allergic to peanut oil or don’t have it at home, you can use canola oil, vegetable oil, or corn oil!
Fried Shrimp FAQs
Do I need a deep fryer to prepare the Panko Fried Shrimp?
While you don’t NEED a deep fryer, I do feel it works best to fry them in the deep fryer. If you need to improvise, fill a skillet with more than enough of the cooking oil and allow it to get hot before tossing your shrimp in.
Do I serve these hot or cold?
You can serve the shrimp either way, hot or cold! They taste amazing both ways.
Will I need a dipping sauce for the shrimp?
Dipping sauce is completely optional. You can use a lime crema sauce, chipotle aioli sauce, or even traditional cocktail sauce if you’d like.
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Panko Fried Shrimp
- Peanut oil for frying
- 2 pounds large shrimp peeled and deveined
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 large eggs
- splash of water
- 3 cups plain panko breadcrumbs
- fresh chopped parsley for garnish
- lemon wedges to serve
- cocktail sauce to serve
- Preheat your oil in a deep fryer or dutch oven with oil 3 inches up the sides to 350°F.
- While the oil is heating, prepare the shrimp. Dry the shrimp well with paper towels.
- In a gallon-sized plastic ziptop bag add the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine the seasoning with the flour.
- Add the shrimp to the bag. Close the top and shake the bag so the shrimp get coated in the flour mixture, set aside.
- In a shallow bowl whisk the eggs with the water until combined.
- In another shallow bowl add the breadcrumbs.
- Working with a few shrimp at a time, take them out of the bag and place them into the egg, move them around so they are coated.
- Let any excess egg drip off and place them into the breadcrumbs. Cover them with the breadcrumbs and gently press them in so they stick.
- Place the breaded shrimp onto a sheet tray lined with parchment paper, repeat with the other shrimp.
- Once the oil is hot, add shrimp to the oil in batches, do not crowd the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes until golden brown and an internal temperature reaches 165°F.
- Place the shrimp onto a paper-towel-lined plate to absorb any excess oil. Immediately transfer to a wire rack that is set on top of a sheet tray to catch any drips. This will ensure the shrimp stay crispy.
- Repeat with the remaining shrimp. Serve with fresh chopped parsley for garnish, lemon wedges, and cocktail sauce.
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