French Fried Shrimp

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Recipe by Wild Squirrel

I found this version of fried shrimp in a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook (circa 1968). It's fairly easy to prepare and is my "go to" fried shrimp recipe. The directions have been summarized/rewritten but the title and ingredients are authentic to the recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 12 teaspoon sugar
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 1 slightly beaten egg
  • 1 cup ice water
  • 2 tablespoons salad oil
  • 2 lbs shrimp (fresh or frozen in shells)


  1. Peel and devein the shrimp as desired (you may wish to remove the last section and tail portion, but many folks leave it intact for frying).
  2. Combine the first 6 ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  3. Dry the shrimp, dip them into the batter, and fry in oil until golden.
  4. Drain on a paper towel.

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