Southern Fried Shrimp Recipe: Crispy, Golden, and Irresistibly Delicious

Indulge in the irresistible flavors of the South with this recipe for Southern Fried Shrimp. These succulent shrimp are coated in a seasoned breading, deep-fried to golden perfection, and served with a zesty dipping sauce. Whether as an appetizer or a main course, these crispy shrimp will transport your taste buds straight to the Southern coastline.


For the Fried Shrimp:

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails left on for a handle
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust for spice preference)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

For the Dipping Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste


1. Prepare the Dipping Sauce:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, ketchup, sweet pickle relish, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce until well combined.
  • Season the sauce with a pinch of salt and black pepper, and adjust the hot sauce to your preferred level of heat.
  • Refrigerate the dipping sauce while you prepare the fried shrimp.

2. Prepare the Shrimp:

  • In a shallow bowl, whisk eggs until well beaten.
  • In another shallow bowl, combine all-purpose flour, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper.

3. Coat the Shrimp:

  • Dip each shrimp into the beaten eggs to coat.
  • Allow any excess egg to drip off, then coat the shrimp with the seasoned flour mixture, pressing it gently to adhere.

4. Heat the Oil:

  • In a large, deep skillet or a deep fryer, heat vegetable oil to 350°F (175°C).

5. Fry the Shrimp:

  • Carefully add the coated shrimp to the hot oil in batches, making sure not to overcrowd the pan.
  • Fry for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until the shrimp are golden brown and crispy.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the fried shrimp and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.

6. Serve and Enjoy:

  • Serve your Southern Fried Shrimp hot with the prepared dipping sauce on the side.

Southern Fried Shrimp is a delicious Southern delicacy that is both crunchy and succulent. They make an excellent appetizer, snack, or main course with a flavorful seasoned coating and a zesty dipping sauce. These crispy shrimp are sure to please whether you serve them at a party or as a special meal. Every bite will give you a taste of the South!