Saturday, October 15, 2016

Crispy Buffalo Shrimp - A Game Day Favorite

This recipe for crispy buffalo shrimp is my version of a dish they make at Hooters. They don't share their recipe, but I think this is pretty close. It's great for game day when you are serving a variety of hot and cold appetizers while watching the game.

Julian's Crispy Buffalo Shrimp
In the recipe below I suggest you toss the cooked shrimp into the buffalo sauce. If you want everyone to have clean fingers, hand dip each piece holding the shrimp by the tail. Then you'll have clean little 'handles' on the shrimp to keep everyone's fingers tidy.

These are deep fried shrimp, but you don't have to have a deep fryer to make these. I use my deep skillet, called a 'chicken fryer', but really any heavy bottomed pot or skillet will do. Just keep in mind, the larger the pot/pan, the more oil you will consume. You want the oil to be about 1 to 1.5 inches deep and you don't want the shrimp to crowd or they will stick together. This is why I prefer a wide deep skillet for the job.

Oil heated to 350F degrees.
Regarding the type of hot sauce to use in this recipe, I prefer Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Sauce. You can substitute Tabasco or any other favorite brand of hot sauce.


20 Shrimp, large, peeled, deveined, tails on
Canola oil (see note above)
Dried parsley to garnish
Ready to go!

Wet Coating
1 Egg, beaten
1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
2 Teaspoons Creole or Cajun seasoning
2 Teaspoons garlic powder
2 Teaspoons onion powder
5-6 grinds of black pepper

Dry Batter
1 Cup cornmeal
1 Cup flour
3 Teaspoons Creole or Canjun seasoning
4-5 Grinds of fresh black pepper

1/4 Pound (1 stick) butter
1 Cup hot sauce (see note above)
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 Teaspoon garlic powder

Rinse, peel, and devein shrimp. Leave tail intact for use as a handle when eating. Let drain then place in a mixing bowl.

Prepare the wet coating: Using a fork, mix egg with mustard in a small bowl. Stir in the seasoning, garlic and onion powder and black pepper. Place shrimp in a large bowl and toss with the egg/mustard mixture and set aside.

Prepare the dry batter: Mix the cornmeal, flour, seasoning and pepper in a large mixing bowl.

Begin to heat the the oil in a large skillet, pot or fryer to 350 degrees over medium-high heat. Use a thermometer to monitor temperature. Do not overheat the oil.

While the oil preheats, prepare the sauce. Place butter, hot sauce, lemon juice and garlic powder in a saucepan. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer until butter is melted and you are ready to coat the shrimp. Stir occasionally.

Form an assembly line, with the hot oil at the end, the bowl of dry batter closest to the oil, followed by the wet-coated shrimp

When the oil reaches 350F degrees, toss 1/3 of the shrimp in the corn flour and coat well. Place into hot oil, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Use a slotted or screened spoon to gently move the shrimp apart in the oil. When the shrimp are golden, approximately 3-4 minutes, remove to paper-towel lined plate. Repeat until all shrimp are cooked.

Toss or hand dip the shrimp in warm buffalo sauce. Sprinkle with dried parsley and serve.

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