Cracker Breaded Deep-Fried Shrimp

"Make certain to crush the crackers to an smaller coarse texture do not crush to a fine texture. Leave the tails on the shrimp intact for this. If you are using the unsalted crackers, then adjust the seasoned salt to taste. This shrimp is better than any served at a fancy restaurant!"
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2 1/2 pounds shrimp




  • Peel the shrimp, devein and leave the tails on .
  • In a bowl mix together the crushed Ritz crackers, flour, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and seasoned salt.
  • In another bowl mix/whisk together the buttermilk and egg, Tabasco and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper until well combined.
  • Holding the shrimp by the tail dip the shrimp into the buttermilk mixture, then dredge into the cracker mixture.
  • Pour about 3 inches of oil into a large deep heavy-duty skillet or a cast-iron skillet (or use a deep fryer) heat oil to 375 degrees.
  • Holding the shrimp by the tail carefully place the shrimp into hot oil.
  • Fry in batches for about 1-2 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Drain on a wire rack with paper towels under the rack (do not place the cooked shrimp directly onto the paper towels or they will become soft).

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  1. sunflowerseed
    Kittencal, this rocks! I used Old Bay instead of seasoning salt. This is much better than store-bought breading mix. Thanks for sharing!
  2. Andi Longmeadow Farm
    Kitten such a treat! I don't have a photo as when they came out, put em' on a plate, and were gone. All I can hear from the *peanut gallery* is "Ummm, ummm, umm, um, um." This was great to put together, as I used Townhouse crackers, crushed small, but not super fine. Made my own buttermilk (from skim/a bit of vinegar) and all the ingredients were terrific. I used 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil, and just turned them over once, (about 1 minute per side) and then stood em' on their mid section and finished up in a couple of minutes. Drained on papertowels served with some hoppin' cocktail sauce. Perfection! Thank you, Kit! Made January 2009.



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