Fried shrimp with Cheez It flavor is an easy and delicious dish that is sure to have your family and friends asking for more. Here’s a simple, step-by-step guide on how to make this delectable treat:
Step One: Prepare the shrimp. Start by rinsing the raw shrimp in cold water, clean and devein, then pat them dry using a paper towel. Once dried, place aside while you get everything else ready.
Step Two: Mix all ingredients. Crack and beat the egg. Then combine shrimp, salt, pepper, paprika, cornstarch, and finely crushed Cheez It crackers. Mix them together to coat the shrimp with batter.
Step Three: Set up your frying station and begin! Bring out the butter and whatever oil you prefer— vegetable oil works best—and fill the frying pan or deep fryer at least two inches deep with it over medium-high heat until hot enough for frying (between 375°F and 400°F). When ready, fry the shrimp in batches. Place finished product onto paper towels while others finish cooking so excess grease gets absorbed quicker.
Now that you have made crispy fried shrimp with cheez it flavor, get creative when serving! Try using different dipping sauces such as BBQ ranch dip, honey mustard, sour cream blended with dill pickles, or lemon pepper, mayo, etc.
Crispy Shrimp with Cheez It Flavor
- 1½ lbs shrimp tail on, cleaned and deveined
- 100 g cheez it crackers crumbled
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp butter salted
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- ½ tsp paprika
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- In a medium bowl, crack and beat the egg.
- Add the shrimp, salt, pepper, paprika, cornstarch and crumbled cheez it crackers. Mix them together to coat shrimp.
- In a large frying pan, heat the cooking oil and butter.
- Fry shrimp in batches until cooked through, approximately 3 minutes on each side.
- Use tongs to transfer the cooked shrimp to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat the process to cook the remaining shrimp.
- Arrange the shrimp on a platter and serve.
What To Serve With Crispy Shrimp
If you’re looking for a delicious and unique dish to serve with crispy shrimp, there are plenty of great options. For a more classic combination, pair your crispy shrimp with a side of fried rice. Another option is to go with chilled soba noodles tossed in sesame oil and seasoned with soy sauce for an Asian twist.
For those looking for something heartier, try pairing the shrimp with roasted vegetables such as red peppers, zucchini or mushrooms. You could also add some mashed potatoes if desired.
If you want something lighter but still healthy to go alongside your crispy shrimp, consider adding a large salad filled with greens like kale, spinach or romaine lettuce along with cucumbers and tomatoes (or other seasonal produce) plus a light vinaigrette dressing on top.
How To Store Fried Crispy Shrimp
Make sure the shrimp are completely cooled down before storage. If you over-fry your shrimp it can cause them to become dry and rubbery, so if they are still hot when you place them in storage, they will retain too much moisture which could cause spoilage.
Once your shrimp has cooled off, place it in an airtight container or heavy duty zip-top freezer bag and store it in the refrigerator for up to three days. Make sure not to leave any air pockets as that can cause food spoilage quicker.
If you want to store fried shrimp for longer than three days, freezing is the best option. Unseasoned cooked shrimp can last up to six months if stored properly.