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Beer-Battered Deep-Fried Shrimp

Golden brown, crispy, and completely addictive, this recipe is perfect for dipping in tartar sauce. The batter mixes up ahead of time and they cook in just a few minutes.

You’ll love these crispy, battered shrimp. Plus, it’s so easy to make – you’ll be able to whip it up any night of the week. A delicious and easy seafood recipe that even picky eaters will love.

plate of finished fried battered shrimp.

❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe

  • So golden brown and crispy. You’ll hear an actual crunch when you bite into these. Perfection.
  • Easy to make. The batter mixes up ahead of time, and deep frying is a super fast cooking method.
  • Delicious. Banish bland beer batter forever…this recipe has plenty of flavor.

This is an overview of the ingredients. You’ll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of the page.

ingredients on white concrete counter.


Here’s what you’ll need to make these battered shrimp:

  • beer (any light-ish kind that you have on hand will work fine)
  • all-purpose flour
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Dijon mustard
  • shrimp peeled and deveined
  • peanut oil for frying
  • fresh lemon
  • parsley
  • tartar sauce

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  • deep fryer or Dutch oven and candy thermometer
  • paper towels
  • large bowl

🍴Instructions

Step One: mix up the batter

mixing bowl with beer batter.

In a large bowl, mix together the beer, flour, salt, pepper, Cajun seasoning, and Dijon mustard. Let it sit at room temperature for 2-3 hours.

Step Two: fry the shrimp

dutch oven filled with oil for frying,

Heat oil. In a deep fryer or Dutch oven, heat the oil to 375°.

Dip and fry. Dip the shrimp in the batter. Fry them at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about two to three minutes. They will be a deep golden brown when they are done. Drain them on paper towels.

🥫 Storage instructions

Like any fried food, these are best eaten right away. They will lose their crispness after an hour or so.

You can refrigerate leftovers, but you’ll want to reheat them in an air fryer or in the oven to crisp them up again.

🔍 FAQs

Can I use any kind of beer in the recipe?

I wouldn’t recommend a dark or flavored beer, but otherwise, yes!


Can I bake the shrimp instead of frying them?

Nope! This only works deep fried!

How long do I need to let the batter rest?

It will depend on how warm your room is, but ideally you’ll want to leave it for at least two hours. Longer is fine too – up to 12-24 hours in advance.

I’m not a huge fan of Cajun seasoning. Can I use something else?

Yes! Try adding some garlic powder and paprika, or a pinch of cayenne pepper to give the batter more flavor.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

  • Be very careful with the oil! You are frying at a high temperature, so keep an eye on it. A deep fryer is safer and easier, but if you don’t have one, it’s essential to use a thermometer to keep an eye on your oil temperature. It will need to come back up to temp in between batches.
  • Don’t overcrowd your pan when you are frying the shrimp! This will lower the temperature of the oil, and make it take longer to cook.
  • You can use smaller or larger shrimp, just adjust the cooking time a bit.

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🍽 Serve it with

tray of shrimp with tartar sauce.

📖 Here’s the recipe

close up view of battered shrimp on white plate.
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Beer-Battered Fried Shrimp

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Golden brown, crispy, and completely addictive, this recipe is perfect for dipping in tartar sauce. The batter mixes up ahead of time and they cook in just a few minutes.
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Ingredients

  • 12 ounces beer
  • cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 pounds large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 quart peanut oil for frying

For Serving

  • fresh lemon
  • parsley
  • tartar sauce

Instructions

  • Make the batter. In a large bowl, combine the beer, flour, salt, pepper, Cajun seasoning, and Dijon mustard and allow to sit at room temperature for 2-3 hours.
  • Heat oil. In a deep fryer of Dutch oven, preheat oil to 375°
  • Dip and fry. Pat the shrimp dry. Dip the shrimp in the batter and fry at 375 °F for approximately 2 to 3 minutes. They will be deep golden brown when done. Drain on paper towels.

Notes

No Cajun seasoning?  Just use 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder and paprika, then add a pinch of cayenne pepper.
Author: Katie Shaw
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