If I had served these Old Bay southern fried shrimp on a platter I would’ve given them a ’10’ out of 10 possible points. But, served in a basket I give them an ’11’. That’s because baskets make everything taste better. True story. Smash burgers? Better in a basket. Onion rings or fries? Way better in a basket. Ditto fried fish and a host of other foods.
As easy as they were to make, these southern fried shrimp pack serious flavor thanks to one of my favorite seasonings, Old Bay. There’s no such thing as too much Old Bay for me. Make these shrimp and serve them with fries… and then sprinkle the fries with Old Bay and you’ll be happy too.
I prefer to keep the tails on when I make Old Bay southern fried shrimp. I like having the handles. I also think the tails slow me down a bit. Otherwise, I’d just pop them in my mouth like popcorn and the entire basket would be gone before I knew it. The tails increase the time I have to enjoy them because they are GREAT!
Old Bay Southern Fried Shrimp
- 1 pound shrimp jumbo
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 ½ tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
- vegetable oil for frying
- Cocktail Sauce for serving
- Heat oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven to 350 F.
- Peel and devein the shrimp, leaving the tails on if desired.
- Pour the buttermilk into a bowl.
- In a shallow dish or baking dish, combine the flour and Old Bay Seasoning.
- Working in batches, dip the shrimp in the buttermilk. Shake off excess then dredge in the flour mixture, coating well. Shake off the excess. Fry 2-3 minutes or until golden brown, removing to a paper towel-lined plate or wire rack to drain while cooking the remaining shrimp.
- Serve with cocktail sauce for dipping.
Nutritional values are approximate.