Bayou Fried Shrimp

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Experience the heartwarming embrace of Southern comfort with this Bayou Fried Shrimp recipe—a culinary treasure that speaks to the soul of every home cook. Few things evoke the spirit of the South quite like a generous platter of perfectly fried shrimp. These bite-sized delights, crunchy and salt-kissed, hold a special place in Southern hearts, akin to the cherished status of chicken nuggets in the world of comfort food.

What sets this Bayou fried shrimp apart and elevates it to a new level of crispy perfection is the double-dredging technique. Each succulent shrimp is lovingly coated not once, but twice, ensuring an irresistibly crunchy crust that promises to satisfy your craving for that satisfying texture.

As you embark on this culinary journey, don’t forget to bookmark the tartar sauce recipe that accompanies these delightful shrimp. This isn’t your ordinary tartar sauce—it’s a flavor-packed creation boasting the tang of pickles, the brininess of capers, and the freshness of chives. A tantalizing twist that complements the fried shrimp exquisitely, this sauce is destined to become a staple in your home kitchen.

Picture the scene: a platter of golden-brown, double-dredged shrimp, each piece a testament to the culinary heritage of the South. The first bite delivers a symphony of textures and flavors—a satisfying crunch giving way to the tender, succulent shrimp within. This Bayou Fried Shrimp recipe is not just a meal; it’s a celebration of home-cooked goodness, inviting you to savor the simple joys that bring warmth to your kitchen and joy to your table.

Serve these Bayou Fried Shrimp with Garlic Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes or Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes. Also pairs well with Parmesan Asparagus or Garlicky Roasted Broccoli.


Bayou Fried Shrimp

Bayou Fried Shrimp

For these Cajun-flavored Bayou Fried Shrimp, peel the shrimp but leave the tails on and coat the shrimp in fish fry mix to get a crispy brown coating.

  • Author: Southern Living
  • Prep Time: :35
  • Cook Time: :10
  • Total Time: :45
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Fried
  • Cuisine: Southern


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  • 3 pounds unpeeled, large raw shrimp
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 (12-oz.) package fish fry mix
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • Vegetable oil
  • Remoulade Sauce


  1. 1. Peel shrimp, leaving tails on. Butterfly shrimp by making a deep slit down back of each from large end to tail, cutting to but not through inside curve of shrimp. Devein shrimp, and place in a large bowl.
  2. 2. Whisk together milk and next 3 ingredients. Pour mixture over shrimp. Let stand at least 15 minutes or up to 1 hour.
  3. 3. Combine fish fry mix and 1 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning. Dredge shrimp in fish fry mixture, and shake off excess. Arrange on baking sheets.
  4. 4. Pour oil to a depth of 3 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 325º. Fry shrimp, in batches, 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until golden brown; drain on wire racks over paper towels.
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