I’ve mentioned before that I rarely eat fried food, but there is a time and a place for everything. On Christmas Eve, I want jumbo fried shrimp. It’s part of our Italian seafood feast that includes octopus and calamari, and spaghetti with the best tomato-fish sauce on earth.
Although I make shrimp often, I had never fried it. It was time for Mom to come over and show me how it’s done. (She also happened to have bought some beautiful Gulf shrimp and offered to make it for us. It’s good to be Italian.)If you’re used to frying, this recipe will be a breeze for you. For everyone else, it’s actually pretty straightforward. 1. Peel and devein the shrimp. (I use the pointy tip of a metal skewer, but a paring knife works too.) 2. Rinse and pat dry. 3. Dip the shrimp in beaten eggs seasoned with salt and pepper. 4. Dredge the shrimp in plain bread crumbs. 5. Fry in heated oil until browned on both sides. 6. Drain on paper towels.
We serve the crispy shrimp with fresh lemon to squeeze on top, and cocktail sauce on the side for dipping. Nothing fancy, but this jumbo fried shrimp beats any I’ve tasted in a restaurant. Is it Christmas Eve yet?
(Recipe Source: My Mom)