Cajun Fried Shrimp Recipe

Cajun Fried Shrimp

Is there anything more awesome than fried seafood on your grill? Nothing. Not even beer. If you think that, then you’re in for a treat! Fried shrimp is the perfect pub food, but there are plenty of other delicious ways to serve it on your barbecue. This cajun fried shrimp recipe is a really easy one, too. You can customize it to make it your own however you feel. Most dishes are good enough to serve with beer, so pair this with a nice cold brew.

The history of cajun food is really one of the most misunderstood subjects on the internet. Much of the information regarding cajun cuisine is either incorrect or outdated, and that’s why cajun food is often referred to as “junk food” or “fried food.”

I love cajun fried shrimp. I love them in just about every way, shape, and form! However, I’m pretty picky when it comes to meat. I’m happy with pork, chicken, turkey, fish, and anything else. However, I often run into shrimp at the store. It’s not everywhere yet, but I’ve seen shrimp on sale at Costco. So, after many years of experimenting on my own, I finally figured out the perfect cajun fried shrimp recipe!

How To Make Cajun Fried Shrimp

This is a super cajun simple recipe that is extremely easy to make; it’s also fairly quick to prepare. Though this recipe is very simple, it is sure to be packed with flavour. Use this shrimp recipe for simple fried shrimp at your next Louisiana New Year’s party, or for any other casual day-to-day meals. The classic Cajun seasoning, celery, onion, bell pepper, and garlic are all involved in this dish, so you have many different possibilities for your fried shrimp recipe.


For The Shrimp

  • Large Shrimp (peeled and de-veined leaving tail and one shell segment on), 1 lb 
  • Vegetable oil 

For The Breading

  • All-purpose flour, 2 cups
  • Cayenne Pepper, 1 tablespoon
  • Old Bay Seasoning, 1 tablespoon 
  • Paprika, 1 tablespoon
  • McCormick Lemon, 1 teaspoon
  •  Pepper Seasoning, 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic Powder, 1 teaspoon 
  • Coriander (ground), 1 teaspoon
  • Salt, 1 teaspoon
  • Black Pepper, 1 teaspoon

For the egg wash

  • 1 Egg
  • Milk (splash)


Step 1

In a large bowl, combine the sifted flour, old bay seasoning, cayenne pepper, paprika, garlic powder, lemon & pepper seasoning, coriander, black pepper and salt.

Step 2

Dip the shrimp into the flour mixture and coat each shrimp evenly with the mixture. Let them rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Step 3

In a bowl, whisk egg and milk together. Dip the shrimp in an egg wash to completely coat them and then into a flour mixture to completely coat them and then onto a clean plate.

Step 4

In a deep fryer, heat the oil to 375 degrees F. Fill the pan with enough oil so that the shrimp is completely covered. Fry shrimp in batches for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.

Step 5

Take the shrimp out of the oil and lay them on a paper towel to drain. Serve with your favourite Red Beans & Rice or Remoulade Sauce in a basket.

Cajun Fried Shrimp Recipe

Cuisine: American

Cuisine type: Appetizer

Servings: 2 Servings

Preparation time: 40 Minutes

Cooking time: 10 Minutes

Total time: 50 Minutes

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