Wild West Shrimp Recipe {Crisp Shrimp + Buttery Sauce)

32 Shares

This Wild West Shrimp recipe is crispy, super flavorful, and easy to make. It’s a fun recipe that’s a little different from the usual. Easy enough for a weeknight, it’s also perfect to serve to guests with a few other appetizers.

A little bit of heat, lots of crunch, and ready to go in under 30 minutes. You’ll love this fried recipe, and all you need is a skillet.

finished wild west shrimp with peppers and butter sauce.

West West Shrimp Recipe

Each bite is packed with a delicious mix of sweet, tangy flavors and crisp, golden shrimp.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Serving Size 6 servings

Equipment

  • Skillet or Deep Fryer

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound medium shrimp shelled and deveined
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup sliced pickled sweet peppers I used banana peppers
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • juice of one large lemon
  • salt and pepper or Prairie Dust to taste
  • oil for frying I prefer peanut oil

Instructions 

  • Heat oil. Heat an inch of oil to 350 degrees over medium-high heat in a deep skillet.
  • Bread shrimp. Mix the flour, salt, pepper, and baking powder. Toss the shrimp in the seasoned flour until they are evenly coated.
    bowl of seasoned flour and shrimp mixed in.
  • Fry. Once the oil is hot, fry the shrimp for approximately 2 minutes, or until they are crispy and golden-brown. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the shrimp to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
    skillet with frying shrimp and draining shrimp.
  • Make sauce. In a separate pan, melt the unsalted butter over a medium-high flame. Add the lemon juice and sweet peppers, stirring occasionally, and let them cook for about 5 minutes.
    skillet with butter and peppers.
  • Serve. Add the shrimp to the skillet of sauce. Sprinkle with seasoned salt or homemade prairie dust and serve right away.
    finished shrimp with sliced hot peppers.

Notes

You can use cherry peppers, banana peppers, or mild pepperoncini.  I don’t recommend hot peppers.

Let’s learn more about how to make this restaurant favorite at home.

🥣 What you’ll need for Wild West shrimp

  • Pickled sweet peppers are the star of the dish. They have a unique blend of sweetness and tang that elevates the flavor.
  • Peanut oil is used for frying because it has a high smoke point and a mild flavor. This helps make the shrimp crispy and golden-brown without affecting its taste.
  • Seasoned flour mixture is a simple and important blend. It gives the shrimp great seasoning and texture.

All-Clad Electrics Stainless Steel Deep Fryer with Basket 3.5 Liter Oil Capacity, 2.6 Pound Food Capacity 1700 Watts Dishwasher Safe, Easy Clean, Temp Control, Digital Timer, Oil Filtration, SilverAll-Clad Electrics Stainless Steel Deep Fryer with Basket 3.5 Liter Oil Capacity, 2.6 Pound Food Capacity 1700 Watts Dishwasher Safe, Easy Clean, Temp Control, Digital Timer, Oil Filtration, SilverSihuuu Stainless Steel Strainers, Slotted Spoons,Wire Mesh Skimmer With Long Handle for Kitchen Deep Fryer, Spaghetti, Noodles(5.5 Inch)Sihuuu Stainless Steel Strainers, Slotted Spoons,Wire Mesh Skimmer With Long Handle for Kitchen Deep Fryer, Spaghetti, Noodles(5.5 Inch)All-Clad D3 3-Ply Stainless Steel Large Weeknight Frying Pan 4 Quart Induction Oven Broiler Safe 600F Pots and Pans, Cookware SilverAll-Clad D3 3-Ply Stainless Steel Large Weeknight Frying Pan 4 Quart Induction Oven Broiler Safe 600F Pots and Pans, Cookware Silver

 

  • Deep Skillet or Fryer: For frying the shrimp evenly.
  • Thermometer: To measure the oil temperature.
  • Slotted Spoon: For transferring the shrimp from the oil.
  • Paper Towels: To drain excess oil from fried shrimp.
  • Saucepan: For preparing the pickled sweet pepper and lemon sauce.

If you happen to have a deep fryer, it does make clean-up easier, but it isn’t a must.

Tips for making crispy shrimp

This is an easy recipe, but these tips will help you even more.

  • Shrimp prep. To improve the taste and texture of shrimp, remove the shells and veins before cooking.
  • Oil Temperature: Maintaining the oil at 350 degrees is key. Use a thermometer to check the temperature for consistent frying results.
  • Cooking Time: Shrimp cook fast; overcooking can make them rubbery. Two minutes per batch is usually enough.
  • Making the Sauce: The sauce should be zesty but not overpowering. Balance the lemon juice with the butter for a harmonious blend.
  • Crispy shrimp. To keep the shrimp crispy, add them to the sauce right before serving.
thermometer checking oil temperature for frying.

If your oil is the right temperature, you’ll be just fine.

Storage and make ahead instructions

Fried food doesn’t do well when it is made ahead and then reheated. Make these fresh 😊.

  • Store any leftover shrimp in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Eat within 3-4 days.
  • For reheating, gently warm in a skillet over low heat to maintain the texture. Avoid microwaving as it may make the shrimp rubbery.

more fried appetizer recipes

I love restaurant copycats and fried recipes, so I’ve got plenty more like this one.

I hope you love ’em all ❤️.

finished shrimp with sliced hot peppers.
32 Shares

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating