Cajun Fried Shrimp with Crunchy Perfection and Zesty Cajun Sauce

Transport your taste buds to the flavors of the Louisiana bayou with these Cajun Fried Shrimp. Crispy, crunchy, and infused with a zesty Cajun kick, these shrimp are not just a dish; they’re a culinary adventure. Paired with a homemade Cajun sauce, this recipe promises to elevate your seafood game to new heights. Let’s dive into the irresistible world of Cajun cuisine!

Ingredients: For the Crunchy Shrimp:

  • 12 large raw prawns, peeled but tails remaining
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun spice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

For Cajun Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning


For Cajun Sauce:

  1. In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, ketchup, and Cajun seasoning.
  2. Whisk together and set aside while preparing the shrimp.

For Cajun Crunchy Shrimp:

  1. In a bowl, mix flour, salt, fresh lemon peel, and Cajun seasoning.
  2. In another bowl, beat the egg, add milk, and mix with a fork.
  3. Place panko on a plate, setting up a station line for flour, eggs, and panko.
  4. With one hand nudging shrimp in flour, transfer to the other hand to dip in eggs, then coat with panko. Press the panko into the shrimp evenly and place on a clean plate.
  5. Heat vegetable oil in a cast-iron skillet until it sizzles when sprinkling breadcrumbs into it.
  6. Fry the shrimp for 90 seconds per side, ensuring they don’t touch for even cooking.
  7. Use tongs to turn the shrimp, allowing extra time if the breadcrumbs need further crisping.
  8. Once golden and crispy, transfer the shrimp to a paper towel-lined plate.
  9. Serve immediately with the prepared Cajun sauce.

Conclusion: Cajun Fried Shrimp with Crunchy Perfection and Zesty Cajun Sauce is a celebration of bold flavors and satisfying textures. The crispy exterior, infused with Cajun spice, gives way to succulent shrimp inside. Paired with the tangy Cajun sauce, each bite is an explosion of taste. Whether as an appetizer or the star of the meal, these Cajun Fried Shrimp are sure to become a flavorful favorite. Enjoy the taste of the bayou right in your home kitchen!

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