Almost-Famous Spicy Fried Shrimp

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Asian chili sauce (such as sambal oelek)
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Kosher salt
  • For the Shrimp:
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/4 pounds small shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Bibb lettuce leaves, for serving
  • Thinly sliced scallions, for garnish
Directions
  • Make the sauce: Mix the mayonnaise, chili sauce, honey, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon water in a large bowl; set aside.

  • Prepare the shrimp: Heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs in a shallow bowl. Whisk the flour, cornstarch and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper in another shallow bowl.

  • Working in batches, dredge the shrimp in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess, dip in the beaten eggs, then return to the flour mixture, turning to form a thick crust. Fry the shrimp in the hot oil until lightly golden, 1 to 2 minutes, adjusting the heat as needed to maintain the oil temperature. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon.

  • Toss the shrimp with the prepared sauce. Arrange the lettuce in a shallow serving bowl or on individual plates. Top with the shrimp and garnish with scallions.

  • Photograph by Stephanie Foley


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