Copycat Chili’s Crispy Shrimp

This is how to fry up some shrimp. The perfect batter, with the perfect consistency and flavor. Not too light and not too heavy. And perfectly crunchy. And the best part of this copycat Chili’s crispy shrimp? You can still taste the shrimp. Don’t mess with perfection, follow the recipe as it is and you’ll (very) soon be enjoying fantastic shrimp.
Copycat Chili's Crispy Shrimp

The first time I made a copycat Chili’s crispy shrimp, Anita took one bite and immediately said that I don’t need to fry shrimp in any other way. Ever again. She also told me to not change anything about it. I tend to do that. You know. A little tweak here. A little something more or less there. Nope, not with these shrimp.

Also try my copycat of Applebee’s peppercorn and garlic shrimp.

Copycat Chili's Crispy Shrimp

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 pounds


For the shrimp

  • 2 pounds large shrimp peeled, deveined (I use 21-25 count shrimp and leave the tails on)
  • Oil for frying
  • Corn Flakes crumbs

For the batter

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cups cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 egg whites
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil


  • Heat at least 3" of oil to 350 F in a deep fryer or Dutch oven.
  • Place the Corn Flakes crumbs in a shallow bowl.
  • Place all of the batter ingredients into a medium bowl and whisk until smooth.
  • Working in batches, coat the shrimp in the batter. Shake off any excess and then roll in the crumbs.
  • Fry 2-3 minutes until golden brown, turning once.