Breaded Shrimp Recipe

This Breaded Shrimp Recipe is crispy, crunchy and super addicting! A simply seasoned breadcrumb coating gives these fried shrimp the most delicious crunch. Serve these shrimp with delicious french fries and a lemon wedge and you’ll think it came from a restaurant!

breaded shrimp on a plate with fries and lemon wedge

Why You’ll Love This Breaded Shrimp Recipe

This Breaded Shrimp Recipe is not only fabulously delicious, it’s really easy to make, too. Simply coated in seasoned bread crumbs and fried until golden brown and crunchy.

You can serve these fried shrimp for appetizers or for dinner with a side of fries. Fried shrimp that’s so addicting you won’t be able to stop eating them!

  • Addicting Flavor: We’re going to warm you that it’s going to be hard to stop eating this shrimp. The texture and flavor are hard to beat!
  • Less Expensive Than Going Out: Making these fried shrimp at home is going to be a more affordable way to have a seafood dinner at home.
  • Kid Approved: Fried shrimp seems to be a pretty universal food order for kids and adults alike. This is a seafood dinner that you know the whole family will enjoy.
  • Make Ahead: After you fry the shrimp, you can keep them in a warm oven until you’re ready to eat. Or if you need to get the shrimp done way in advance, they can be warmed back up in an oven or air fryer after being refrigerated.

What Kind Of Shrimp Is Best For Breaded Shrimp?

For this shrimp recipe, we opt for a medium size shrimp with the tails on. You can, of course, take the tails off but we think they make a great handle for dipping. This size shrimp cooks up in just the right amount of time without burning the breading before the shrimp is cooked through.

As with all seafood recipes, get the freshest shrimp available, even if it’s frozen shrimp. Frozen shrimp are often flash frozen at sea, sometimes making them a better option than fresh shrimp at the seafood counter.

raw shrimp in a white bowl

How To Make This Shrimp Recipe

After your shrimp are peeled and deveined, season the shrimp with Old Bay Seasoning. If you like, you can also add salt to the shrimp at this step, but we like to sprinkle it on the shrimp when they are hot from the oil.

STEP 1 – DREDGE THE SHRIMP: Coat the shrimp first in flour, tapping off the excess. Then into the beaten eggs, letting the excess egg drip off. Finally, into the seasoned bread crumbs, pressing the crumbs into the shrimp for a good crust.

STEP 2 – FRY THE SHRIMP: Fill a large pot halfway with oil. Use a vegetable or canola oil, or any neutral oil with a high smoke point. The shrimp will be done fairly quickly, just about 3-4 minutes per batch. Add a few shrimp at a time, not overcrowding the pot, and fry until golden brown.

STEP 3 – SEASON THE SHRIMP: As soon as the shrimp come out of the oil, place onto a paper towel lined plate and season with kosher salt and more Old Bay if you like.

What Kind Of Sauce Goes With Fried Shrimp?

These crunchy fried shrimp are so good as is, believe me, you won’t be able to stop eating them. But we do love our dipping sauces, too! Try any of these sauce ideas for serving with these shrimp for dinner or for appetizers!

close up of breaded shrimp


  • Bread the shrimp properly: A big mistake that people make when breading anything is doing an even coating of each step. Tap off excess flour before dredging in the eggs, then let excess egg drip of before adding to the bread crumbs. This way the breading won’t lump up and fall off when frying.
  • Get your oil to the right temperature: Use a thermometer if you can and make sure that the oil is up to about 375-400 degrees before frying. If the oil isn’t hot enough, it will take longer for the shrimp to fry and they’ll absorb too much oil making them greasy. If the oil is too hot the breading will cook or burn before the shrimp is cooked through.
  • Don’t overcrowd: Make sure to not overcrowd the pot when frying as it will cause the temperature of the oil to drop. Transfer the cooked shrimp to a baking sheet and place in the oven on warm until all the shrimp is done.
breaded shrimp in a dish with lemon

What Side Dishes Go Well With Shrimp?

There’s no limit to what you can pair with these breaded shrimp to make your dinner complete. Also keep in mind that this shrimp recipe also works great for appetizers!

breaded shrimp dipping into sauce

Storing And Reheating

Leftover shrimp can be stored in a container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If you don’t think you’ll finish the shrimp in that time, you can also freeze the shrimp for up to 3 months.

Reheat the shrimp in the oven or an air fryer for the crispiest outcome. However, if you’re short on time the microwave will do the trick, just don’t warm them too long or the shrimp will end up rubbery.

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breaded shrimp in a dish with lemon

Breaded Shrimp Recipe

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

These crispy, Breaded Shrimp are always a hit for appetizers or dinner! Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and french fries on the side!



  • 1 pound medium sized shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails on
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning (plus more for dusting after shrimp are fried)
  • 3/4 seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Canola oil of vegetable oil for frying
  • Kosher salt for seasoning the shrimp after frying
  • Lemon wedges for serving (optional)


  1. Season the shrimp with the Old Bay and toss to coat.
  2. Set up a breading station with the flour in one bowl, the eggs in another bowl and the breadcrumbs in a third bowl.
  3. Dip the shrimp into the flour first, tapping off the excess, then into the eggs, letting the excess drip off and finally into the breadcrumbs. Press the breadcrumbs onto the shrimp to make sure that you have an even coating. Repeat with the remaining shrimp.
  4. Add the oil to a heavy bottomed pot, only filling about halfway full. Heat the oil until it reaches approximately 375-400 degrees. If you don’t have a thermometer, sprinkle a few breadcrumbs into the oil, if they sizzle up quickly, then the oil is ready.
  5. Carefully add the shrimp to the oil a few at a time, depending on how big the pot is that you’re using. Don’t add too many shrimp at once or it will cause the temperature of the oil to drop too low.
  6. Fry the shrimp for 2-3 minutes until they are golden brown. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and immediately season with salt. Repeat with the remaining shrimp. You can transfer the fried shrimp to a low oven to keep warm until the shrimp are all fried and ready to go.
  7. Serve with lemon wedges and your favorite dipping sauce. We love using a Yum Yum Sauce or a classic Remoulade Sauce!

Recipe Notes

Store: Store leftover shrimp in a container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheat: Reheat breaded shrimp in a 350 degree oven until warm. Alternately, and air fryer crisps these shrimp up wonderfully!

Freeze: After the shrimp have cooled down completely, add to a freezer bag in a single layer. Freeze for an hour until the shrimp are firm and then store as you wish in your freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat shrimp from frozen in the oven or air fryer until warmed through.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Fry
  • Cuisine: American

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