Easy Fried Shrimp and Tartar Sauce

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 2 to 4 servings
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Ingredients

1 quart vegetable oil, for frying

1/2 cup white rice flour 

1/2 cup beer 

1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp, tail-on

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper 

Tartar Sauce, recipe follows, for serving

Tartar Sauce:

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon minced fresh dill 

1 tablespoon minced cornichons

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 

2 teaspoons chopped capers (rinsed and drained) 

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Directions

Special equipment:
a deep-frying thermometer
  1. Pour the oil into a heavy-bottomed pot fitted with a deep-frying thermometer. Heat over medium-high heat to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with paper towels and top with a cooling rack.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the rice flour and beer until a smooth batter is formed. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper.
  3. Lightly salt the shrimp. Holding the tails, dip the shrimp into the batter to evenly coat on both sides.
  4. One by one, gently drop the battered shrimp into the hot oil. Fry, flipping once if necessary, until golden brown on both sides, 1 to 2 minutes. While frying the shrimp, be sure to monitor the temperature of the oil and maintain it at 375 degrees F. Transfer the fried shrimp to the cooling rack and sprinkle generously with salt.
  5. Serve the fried shrimp with Tartar Sauce for dipping.

Tartar Sauce:

  1. Mix the mayonnaise, dill, cornichons, vinegar, capers, mustard and some salt and pepper in a small bowl. Refrigerate until serving.
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