This butterfly shrimp recipe is one of my family favorites. It's very hard to mess it up and every time you get a delicious crispy outside, soft inside sweet shrimp full of tasty southern spices.
Here in South Louisiana we have an abundance of shrimp, we're super lucky. Whenever it's the height of the season we go to the shrimp boats and buy straight off the boat.
We then go home and freeze in 1-2lb bags. This way we can pull out the shrimp any time we need.
Needless to say, we eat shrimp a lot.
❤️ Why you'll love it
- The recipe steps are easy. The ingredients are even easier.
- This is restaurant quality stuff.
- Large shrimp tail-on, peeled and deveined
- All Purpose Flour
- Cajun Seasoning
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Salt and Black Pepper
- Panko Bread Crumbs
See recipe card at the bottom of this post for quantities.
- Step 1: Once your shrimp has been prepared and butterflied heat up the vegetable oil to about 360°F.
- Step 2: Dip each butterflied shrimp into the flour first, totally coating (except the tail) with flour.
- Step 3: Then dip into the egg wash.
- Step 4: Then finally the panko bread crumbs. Coat the entire shrimp (except the tail). Lay out on a tray until you have enough for a load into the hot oil.
- Step 5: Fry the butterfly shrimp for 2 minutes, until golden brown.
- Step 6: Remove and drain on a baking sheet lined with paper towels.
Hint: If you have time, you could do all of the above then store in the baking sheet in the refrigerator for a few hours. It will actually fry better, the coating will stick better. You can prepare the shrimp in advance of a gathering.
🔄 Substitutions and Variations
- Olive Oil - shallow fry in olive oil as an option.
- Red Bell Pepper - add some ground red bell pepper (paprika) to the flour.
- Peanut Oil - use peanut oil instead of vegetable, it can get costly though, especially in today's economy.
- Old Bay - Use Old Bay Seasoning instead of Cajun Seasoning.
- Canola Oil - in place of vegetable oil.
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I like to use my electric fryer, if it's a small batch. However, it's not always ideal to fry fish in the house. The smell can linger for days.
If you are able, fry outside.
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Take a look at these 30 Best Grilled Shrimp Side Dishes, they will be perfect with this dish.
Once cooled completely store in the refrigerator in an airtight container with a little paper towel for up to 3 days.
Expert Tip: Prepare the shrimp in the same way, give a light spritz of cooking spray then make air fryer butterfly shrimp by spreading evenly in the basket of an air fryer at 390°F for 10 minutes.
I like to make homemade french fries. Also, a seafood sauce is always great (the kids love it). You could also make a cocktail sauce, or tartar sauce. Either one is great.
Lemon wedges always goes great with some seafood.
Slice along the back of the shrimp, opening up the meat enough for it to flay open but not too much that you cut all the way through.
When you butterfly the shrimp it gives way to more even cooking as well as a better mouthfeel.
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Butterfly Shrimp Recipe
Delicious slightly crispy but soft inside, this sweet butterfly shrimp recipe has just the right amount of seasoning to make it the perfect bite of shrimp.
- 1lb Large Shrimp, peeled, tail-on, deveined and butterflied
- 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
- 2 Teaspoons Cajun Seasoning
- 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 2 Large Eggs
- 2 Cups Panko Bread Crumbs
- Vegetable Oil for Frying
- Prepare the shrimp, devein and slice down the back to open up and butterfly. Keep the tail on if possible, but it is only for aesthetic purposes.
- Heat the oil so that it reaches 360°F.
- Meanwhile, prepare your dredging bowls. Add the flour and seasonings into one bowl.
- Add the eggs to another bowl and beat well with a fork.
- Add the panko bread crumbs to a third bowl.
- Take each shrimp and first coat with the flour. Make sure to coat all crevices, holding onto the tail.
- Dip into the egg and coat completely (except the tail).
- Finally, dip into the panko crumbs. Coat the shrimp completely then place onto a tray while you prepare the rest.
- Only fry about 10 at a time otherwise you'll overcrowd the pot - unless you have a very big pot. I use my electric fryer for this which 10 shrimp is good. If my husband fries them outside he can fry more.
- Fry each batch for only about 2 minutes. The shrimp are butterflied so will cook quicker than normal.
- Remove from the oil and allow to drain on paper towel and work on the next batch.
- Serve with your favorite seafood sauce.
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 356Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 222mgSodium 1415mgCarbohydrates 44gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 26g
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