“I’ll have the beer battered shrimp and fries and… a side salad.” No. No one has ever said that. This isn’t a salad-on-the-side kind of dish. It’s seriously battered, deep-fried decadence, from start to finish. The shrimp are absolutely delicious. I could eat well…. ok, more than a few of them. And the fries? Insane. I opted to double-dip them. They ended up just amazing. Yeah, they’re definitely battered and then some. But they’re sooooo good and different! And huge! All that batter makes them gigantic I tell ya!
If the double-battered monster fries scare you, they’re actually just as fantastic (or pretty much) single dipped.
I used my little Fry Daddy when I made these beer battered shrimp and fries. I’m not sure I can recommend doing that. I mean, sure, they came out fantastic, but you can’t really fry a bunch of either the shrimp or the fries at once, so it’ll take you a while to make a mess of them. The battered shrimp and fries like to stick together, so you can’t crowd them. If you can, I’d recommend using a larger fryer or a Dutch oven.
“I’ll have the beer battered shrimp and fries and… a side salad.” No. No one has ever said that. This isn’t a salad-on-the-side kind of dish. It’s seriously battered, deep-fried decadence, from start to finish.
Course Appetizer or Main
Prep Time 6hours
Cook Time 30minutes
For the shrimp
1poundlarge shrimppeeled, deveined (I used 20-24 count shrimp)
vegetable oilfor frying
For the shrimp batter
1cuplager beerplus more, if needed
2teaspoonOld Bay Seasoning
1/4teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper
For the fries
1teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper
vegetable oilfor frying
For the shrimp (note the fries need to soak, so start them well before you plan on eating)
Place the shrimp in a bowl and lightly dust with flour. Stir gently to coat. You just want a light coating, so don't use too much flour.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, Old Bay seasoning, salt and pepper and the beer. You want the batter to be slightly thick, like a pancake batter. If it's too thick add a small amount of beer and whisk. Let stand for 15 minutes.
Heat oil in your deep fryer or Dutch oven to 350 F . If you have a small deep fryer like I do, I recommend warming your oven on the lowest setting so you can put the shrimp and fries in there to keep warm while you cook all of the batches.
Working in batches if needed, dip shrimp in the batter and coat completely. Transfer to the oil and fry for 2 minutes per side. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
For the fries
Fill a large bowl with cold water.
Cut the potatoes into 1/4" sticks. I did not peel mine, but you can peels yours first if you desire.
Transfer the potatoes to the water and soak for at least 4 hours. Ideally, you'll want to drain and add fresh cold water every hour, but if you don't have the time, just soak for 4 hours.
In a large bowl whisk together the remaining ingredients except for the oil. You want a pancake batter-like consistency. If it's too thick, add a bit more of beer and whisk some more.
Heat oil in your deep fryer or Dutch oven to 350 F.
Working in batches, dip the fries in the batter and transfer to the hot oil. Fry for 5 minutes or until just golden but not done. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Note: If you're not double frying, you'll want to extend the fry time and cook the fries until golden brown and crispy.
Now it's time for the second fry if you're doing it. Again dip the fries in the batter and fry until golden brown and crispy, 3-5 minutes. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and season.
I could probably eat a ton of these blackened fried shrimp. I was already badly addicted to fried shrimp. Then along came these beyond-delicious treats and my addiction somehow got worse. I didn’t even think that was possible. Yummy crunchy batter that has a great light spiciness to it. The batter isn’t too thick. It isn’t too thin. You really just can’t stop eating them.
For a little extra kick, sprinkle the shrimp with more of the seasoning just after you remove them from the hot oil. Why go thru the trouble of making the blackened seasoning from scratch? That store-bought stuff is just way too salty for me. But you’re certainly free to use it.
My two biggest food obsessions? Chicken wings and fried shrimp. I could eat either one any time, any where. I’ve never had wings or shrimp that I didn’t absolutely love. Like these Cajun fried shrimp. Lightly crunchy. Stick-to-the-shrimp batter. A little heat. Perfectly cooked.
This is shrimp done up right. I served these Cajun fried shrimp with a crazy wonderful remoulade that has ended up being a shrimp-dipping staple in our house. It’s great for fries fish, too.
For that little extra ‘something’ sprinkle the shrimp lightly with Old Bay seasoning just before serving.