Shrimp are delicious seafood that you can cook at home. If they are peeled, deveined, and defrosted, you can start frying them on your own. Make a breadcrumb mixture, batter the shrimp or prepare Cajun-style fried shrimp to create a tasty meal that you and your family will enjoy.
- 450 g (1 pound) of peeled and deveined shrimp
- 1 liter (1 quart) of vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups (500 ml) of whole milk
- 1 tablespoon of yellow mustard
- 1 teaspoon Cajun spice blend
- 1 package (360 g or 12 oz) of fish frying mix
- Yields 2 to 4 servings
- Mix the milk, eggs, and yellow mustard in a large bowl. Using a fork or small wire whisk, combine 2 cups (500 ml) of whole milk, 2 large eggs, and 1 tablespoon of yellow mustard in a large bowl. Make sure the mustard is thoroughly mixed and that there are no lumps in the mixture.
- If you want a more bitter taste, you can replace regular milk with buttermilk.
- Pour the mixture over the shrimp in a bowl and let them rest for 15 minutes. Place all the peeled and deveined shrimp in a large bowl. Pour the mixture of milk, eggs, and mustard over the shrimp. They should all be immersed in the mixture. Let them rest for at least 15 minutes so they can absorb the flavor of the mustard mixture.
- If you have time, you can let the shrimp rest for up to 1 hour. This way they will be tastier.
- Combine the fish frying mixture and Cajun dressing on a plate. With the help of a fork, gently mix 1 teaspoon of Cajun spice mix and 1 package (360 g or 12 ounces) of fish frying mix. Make sure the spices are distributed all over the shrimp so that they are seasoned evenly.
- You can buy ready-made Cajun spice mixes and fish frying mixes at most supermarkets.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan to 350 °F (180 °C). Pour 1 inch (2.5 cm) of vegetable oil into a pan with high sides. Heat to 350°F (180°C). Check the temperature with a candy thermometer throughout the frying process to make sure the oil is still hot enough.
- If you use a fryer, pour the vegetable oil into it and then turn it on.
- Warning: if the vegetable oil is at a very low temperature, the shrimp will not be fully cooked.
- Put the shrimp in the mix for frying fish and Cajun dressing. Take a few shrimp at a time and put them in the fish and spice frying mix. Cover each one well to make sure it cooks evenly. Cover each part of the shrimp, including the tails.
- Fry the shrimp for 3 or 4 minutes or until golden brown. Drop them gently into the hot oil using tongs. Fry until the outer shell is golden brown. Turn them over at least once while you are frying them to make sure they are cooked evenly on both sides.
- Cut one of the shrimp and look for an opaque color inside to check if they are ready.
- If you use a fryer, place the shrimp in the basket and slowly lower them into the oil.
- Drain the shrimp on a paper towel. Remove them from the oil with a skimmer and place them on a plate lined with a paper towel. This will absorb the excess oil and grease from the shrimp. Let them rest for 2 minutes and then serve them immediately.