pan fried shrimp

This pan fried shrimp recipe is a delightful combination of succulent shrimp, flavorful seasonings, and a crispy, golden-brown exterior. Quick and easy to prepare, this dish makes for a fantastic appetizer, light meal, or even a crowd-pleasing party snack. These pan fried shrimp recipes are simple yet irresistible flavors of perfectly cooked shrimp that will leave your taste buds craving more.

How To Pan Fry Shrimp Perfectly

This simple pan fried shrimp recipe is perfect for your delightful seafood party and takes it to new heights.


  • 1 pound of super colossal shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Pan Fried Shrimp Preparation:

  1. Place the shrimp in a medium bowl. Season the shrimp with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Set aside to marinate for 10 to 15 minutes. You can also add some minced garlic, ginger, or chili for extra flavor.
  2. In a flat tray, add the flour and season it with salt and pepper. Add any spices you like, such as paprika, turmeric, garlic powder, or cumin. Mix well to combine. Add some water to the flour mixture to make a batter and whisk until smooth.
  3. Drop the shrimp one at a time into the flour or batter and coat it well on all sides. Dust off the excess flour and set it aside.
  4. Add the oil on medium-high heat in a frying pan (preferably non-stick). Pan fry frozen shrimp one at a time, leaving space between them. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden and crisp. You can flip them with a spatula or tongs, and make sure not to overcrowd the pan.
  5. Transfer the shrimp to a platter lined with paper towels to drain the excess oil. Sprinkle some chopped cilantro over the shrimp for some freshness and color. Serve with some lemon wedges or your favorite dipping sauce.

Tips and Variations:

Here are some tips and variations to make the best pan-fried shrimp recipe:

  • To make your shrimp more crispy, you can use cornstarch instead of flour. Cornstarch gives a lighter and crunchier coating than flour.
  • To make your shrimp more spicy, add some cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, or sriracha sauce to the flour mixture or batter to make your shrimp spicier.
  • To make your shrimp cheesy, add some grated parmesan cheese to the flour mixture or batter.
Pan Fried Shrimp
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